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.
Published in Centre Daily Times on Aug. 17, 2017.