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He was born on March 22, 1926, and lived his entire 88 years in either Fredericksburg or Stafford County. Dick was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary Clark Bryant; his parents, Mary Gray Bryant and Ralph Allen Bryant; half sister and husband Margaret and Armond Booth; and half brothers Chester Bryant and Donald Bryant.
Dick was a graduate of James Monroe High School, and graduated in three years so that he could enlist in the Marine Corps during World War II, at barely 17. He was trained as an aviation machinist and as an engine and prop specialist on the B–25 bomber. He later earned an associate degree in business.
Dick retired from Hotchkiss Oil Co. at the age of 50, due to medical conditions. In the 1970s, he became involved in helping children and adults with disabilities. He was proud to have helped establish 504 federal programs for accessibility in local schools and government buildings. He was appointed to the VA Disabled Persons Advisory Committee by then-Gov. Chuck Robb.
He was one of the founding members of the Fredericksburg Baptist Mission on Caroline Street. In later years, he was a member of Ferry Farms Baptist Church.
He loved many things passionately, including his family and friends, Civil War history, old cars, the Marine Corps, his many dogs, John Wayne and Westerns, doing his own home and car repairs, telling stories, laughing, traveling and camping, helping others less fortunate, chocolate cake and sharing about his friend Jesus.
He is survived by a daughter, Sharon B. Rose and her husband, Robert B., of Salem; a grandson, Robert M. Rose of Salem; a granddaughter, Elizabeth R. King and husband Paul of Richmond; three half sisters, Joyce Breedon and husband David, Peggy Mabrey and husband Dorman and Evelyn Bryant; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his “adopted Marine brother,” Harold Bryant and wife Marge of Castle Creek, N.Y.; and by his special caregiver, Robin Biggers of Fredericksburg.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27, at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ferry Farms Baptist Church, 1 Westmoreland Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22405, in memory of Ralph Bryant.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.