Obituary of Donald "Ray" Bryan
Donald "Ray" Bryan of Hurst, Texas went to be with the Lord on the afternoon of Thursday, November 14th after battling a brain tumor for a year and a half. He is now completely healed and in the presence of our Lord.
Ray was born in Dallas, Texas on July 28, 1942. He grew up in Ft. Worth and graduated from Paschal High School and Texas Wesleyan University. He went on to join the National Guard. He met and married Karen Ibsen in 1971. They had their first child in 1972, a daughter, Kirsten. Eight years later they welcomed a boy, John Mark. Later in life, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserves, where he retired in 1993. His entire career was spent at Bell Helicopter working in timekeeping and tool design. Ray made many friends throughout his years through his church, First Baptist Colleyville, his bicycling group, and ballroom dancing. He had several dogs over the years, his most recent one, Abbie, a miniature Schnauzer who now lives with his daughter. Ray enjoyed Sonic breakfast burritos and a large unsweet tea. While he was a type 2 Diabetic, it did not deter him from enjoying things like banana pudding and pie. Ray had a hearty laugh and a big smile to share with everyone. He was kind, generous, thoughtful, but most of all loving.
Ray is survived by his loving family: Wife, Karen; daughter, Kirsten Daniel of Stephenville, Texas; son, John Bryan of North Richland Hills; son-in- law, Shane Daniel; granddaughter, Emmaleigh Daniel both of Stephenville; daughter-in-law, Jordan Bryan; grandchildren, Ava Bree Bryan and Ethan Bryan of North Richland Hills; sister, Judy Mitchell and husband Don of Ft. Worth; his nieces, Amy Allen and her husband Jay, and their daughter Kenley; niece, Allison Byers and her husband Chris, their son, Ben, and daughter, Caroline; his cousins, Marilyn Richardson of San Antonio, Willie and Glendene Brooks of Dayton, Bart Brooks, Becky Brooks Jackson and husband Doug of Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ray is preceded in death by his Mother and Father, Travis P. Bryan and Margaret 'Lorene' Wright Bryan Lowe.
Visitation: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Marty Leonard Chapel, 3131 Sanguinet St, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Service: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Marty Leonard Chapel.
Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76134.
Should you feel led to make a donation in his honor please consider your local animal shelter or The Salvation Army.