Dale M. Bryan
1924 - 2018
Dale M. Bryan Dale M. Bryan, 94, Kansas City, Mo., teacher and violinist, died Friday, October 26, 2018, at the home of his son, Douglas Bryan. Mr. Bryan was born in 1924 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Charles L. and Rose (McDowell) Bryan. He attended public schools in Kansas City, Kansas, graduating from Wyandotte High School in 1942. One of the accomplishments of which he was most proud was being selected concertmaster of the Kansas all-state high school orchestra festival at Emporia both his junior and senior years. It was on this return drive from Emporia his senior year that Mr. Bryan learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Dale served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from Midshipman School at Columbia University shortly after the Japanese surrender. The anticipated invasion of Japan then became the more prosaic but no less rewarding "magic carpet" duty: bringing our fighting men home from the Pacific. After attending tactical radar school in Hollywood, Florida, he served as a radar officer aboard the battleship USS Colorado (BB 45) and the troop carrier USS Winged Arrow (AP 170). Mr. Bryan held a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas City and a Master of Arts degree in education from UMKC. He taught in the public schools of Smithville, North Kansas City, and Park Hill High School, where he initiated the first program of stringed instrument instruction. He left Park Hill to join the music faculty at what was then Park College. Later he was employed in various capacities at the Kansas City Public Library. Mr. Bryan's musical career included serving as the original concertmaster of two community orchestras, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra in 1959 and the Northland Symphony in 1968. He was a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and a former member of the American String Teachers Association. Following his retirement Mr. Bryan spent his time in private teaching, taking care of his house and grounds, and volunteering at St. Luke's Northland Hospital. He was preceded in death by his daughter Denise Lorbecki and sisters Mildred Clay and Rose Evelyn Gilchrist. Survivors include wife Deborah A. Bryan, daughter Diana Bryan of Richmond, Mo., sons Douglas, David, and Drew Bryan of North Kansas City, Kansas City, and Parkville, respectively, and daughter Daphne Bryan of Lawson, Mo. He leaves eight grandchildren, brothers Andrew "Drew" and Alex Bryan, Anna Heinritz, brothers Bandon, Reed, and Lee Decker, Daniel Bryan, and Henry Bryan. He also leaves five great-grandchildren, siblings Marcella Ruiz, Brennan Bryan, and Sala Bryan, and sisters Claire and Stella Heinritz. A memorial service will be held at the Parkville American Legion Hall, 11 Main Street, Parkville, Mo., at noon on Saturday, November 24, 2018.
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Published by Kansas City Star on Nov. 1, 2018.
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Dale Bryan was very well known in our family for a long time. My Mom and Dad, Barbara and Glen Hale, played with him in Northland Symphony and were also music teachers in the North Kansas City School District, so we were in the same circles that Dale was. I also played in NSO during the time in which he was director and had and have great respect for him. Dale will be sorely missed and there will be a hole in the music field that will be hard to fill. Mine and my brother's sympathies are with the Bryan family at this time of loss. I have a tendency to look at it as now he has the opportunity to play in the best orchestra ever under some of the most fantastic directors that we have ever seen ... and there is no audition to play. My Mom and Dad also get another opportunity to play with Dale. Blessings to the family.
Brad Hale
November 7, 2018
Dearest Bryan Family, I understand losing someone so grand as your Father, Grandfather and Greatgrandfather is never easy. If you expext it, you didn't expect then. He was a very good Man with great wisdom and talent. He offered that to this and surrounding communities. Something that I not need to say, but how proud you can feel for your life times. The memories he left as a legacy for you and this community are treasures. There will be tears, sadness, and grieving. Sometimes the memories are not the things that comfort you. You will all find a different way to grieve and your time frame is different. Time does not heal. You will come to your own terms. I pray that each and every one of you know, what a great person he was to us. Respectful, kind, gentle, and straight to the point and for that we loved him and love your Family. Mr.&Mrs. Jason Hoskins Sr.
Kim Hoskins
November 2, 2018
We send our sympathy and respects to Dale Bryan's family. Our dad was also on the USS Colorado and served as Chief Yeoman for 15 months. Dad would have sent his salute to Mr. Bryan.

Carole Cantrell
November 1, 2018
Family and friends sorry for your loss. May the God of hope comfort you and fill you with peace during this sad and difficult time. Romans 15:13,33 deep sympathy.
November 1, 2018
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