Robert H. Bryant
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Robert Howard (Doc) Bryant January 23, 1955 August 15, 2017 Robert Howard "Doc" Bryant, 62, of Midland, Texas, died August 15, 2017, at Midland Memorial Hospital. He was born January 23, 1955, in Bellefonte, the son of the late Willis W. Bryant, Jr. and Betty Castner Bryant. He attended public schools in State College, and completed undergraduate studies at York College and subsequently earned a graduate degree from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz. He moved to Texas in 1979, to take a job on an oil rig and subsequently worked in various sales and security positions in Midland, where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Rob, or Doc as he was known in Texas, was at home there, with its never-ending supply of larger than life characters, conservative politics, and readily available barbecue. He was a lifelong train buff and not only enjoyed getting there by train whenever possible, but also collected train horns. Attending a "horn honk", where he and his fellow collectors could demonstrate their air horns was his idea of a great day. As you might guess, his hearing was terrible. His family thought of Rob as the real-life incarnation of Uncle Buck, the oversized bachelor and all-around slob with a big heart played by John Candy in the 1989 John Hughes movie of the same name. Rob didn't disagree with the assessment, although he never made his nephews a pancake so large that it had to be flipped with a snow shovel the way the on screen Uncle Buck did. He is survived by his siblings, James N. Bryant, of Aaronsburg, Carolyn E. Bryant, of Bellefonte, and Richard W. Bryant, of State College; two nephews, Bryan J. Roan (Marcy), of High Point, N.C., and Dr. Aaron T. Roan (Eren), of State College; one niece, Elizabeth Bryant Ottarson (Randy), of Ruther Glen, Va.; four great nephews and three great nieces. A brother, Willis W. Bryant III, and two nephews preceded him in death. Rob's friends, Mike and Angela Hopper, of Midland, Texas, were especially kind to him and made sure that his dog Squeek, a rare English Trenchweasel, found a good home with them. Rob's family would like to thank the staff at Midland Memorial Hospital and Dr. Michael S. Miller for their care in during Rob's extended illness. A private celebration of Rob's life will be held at a later date. His family asks that you have your own celebration of his life by enjoying a heaping plate of barbecue, watching Uncle Buck, or taking a ride on the nearest scenic railway. Or better yet, by doing all three. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Memorial Hospital, 400 Rosalind Redfern Grover Pkwy., Midland, TX 79701.

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Published in Centre Daily Times on Aug. 17, 2017.
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September 17, 2017
I met Doc through the horn hobby, like many others who've commented here. I have several YEARS worth of emails between Doc and myself, some serious, some hilarious, some bawdy, all of them treasured. It was some of the very few emails I managed to save when a server malfunction deleted almost all of 15 years of correspondence. I treasure the thoughts that Doc shared. What an amazing guy!
Ken Kanne
September 16, 2017
Doc at the 2013 Oak Ridge Horn Honk
Doc had an awesome sense of humor and was always quick with a joke or wisecrack, he will be sorely missed.
Harvey Henkelmann
August 19, 2017
Carolyn, I never met Rob but it sounds like he was a barrel of fun. I'll be thinking about you and your family and know that Rob will live on in your fond memories.
Elaine Metcalf
August 19, 2017
Doc and I were friends all the way back to "AOL" days. (25 years) He was so smart and helped on a few occassions with my scanner and computer stuff. He was the least geeky geek I've ever know!! Ha!!
He was a good friend.!
His tales on his dogs and life in general were great. Such a smart and creative mind. Gone too soon.
He will be missed and always thought of fondly.
RIP big guy!!
Susan Baze
August 18, 2017
Condolences to the Bryant family. Rob was unforgettable.
Greg Hutton
August 18, 2017
My thoughts are with you, Carolyn.
Patty McCleskey
August 18, 2017
Enjoying a cigar on the balcony.
Lots of fun, lots of laughs, lots of valued advice. You were the definition of being real before being real was a thing. Thanks for everything.
Matt Donnelly
August 18, 2017
Sincere condolences to the family.
Jim and Susie Smith
August 18, 2017
I didn't know Doc, but having been the son and grandson of three railroaders I sure would have enjoyed his company. My Dad grew up in Curtin.
Paul Beaty, Jr.
August 18, 2017
I met Doc through the train horn hobby. As has been mentioned, he was unique and special. Riding with him in the Tennessee hills in his "Rent-a-Racer" and me turning green puffing on his Cuban cigars will never be forgotten. He will be recalled fondly whenever the train horn group gathers for a "honk" Ron MacDonald, Jackson, Michigan
August 17, 2017
Rick, Carolyn, Jim,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Rob was a "one in a million guys". Those days in the insurance office bring back many memories of his sense of humor and wise cracks. He will never be forgotten. The world has lost a great person who contributed a lot to society. I am sure Midland, TX is really suffering the loss. May God bless you all.
Hugs, Elwood Williams and Ruth Ann Williams
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