Obituary: Dr. Harold E. “Doc” Bryan

Dr. Harold E. “Doc” Bryan, 73, of Frontenac, died Friday evening at his residence.

Harold was born November 24, 1943 in Des Moines, Iowa, a son of Harold E. and Vera (Countryman) Pearce.  He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Center High School. He graduated from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri.  

Harold served in the US Navy on the USS Chemung from 1961 until 1965.

Harold married Carla L. Driskill on October 5, 1986 in Pleasanton, Kansas.   She survives of the home.

He was a chiropractor for over 33 years, having offices in Fort Scott and Girard before retiring in 2007.  He was the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce in Girard from 2007 until 2010. In 2010, he began driving a school bus for USD 248 in Girard and he was planning on driving a bus for the 2017/2018 school year.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Girard, a past president of the Kansas Chiropractic Association, a member of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the Healing Arts Board of Kansas from 1986 until 1990.

Harold was a lifelong member and Master of the Black Diamond Masonic Lodge in Weir, a life member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Scott, a life member of the Mirza Shrine and a past Potentate in 2003.  Harold was past president of the Kansas Shrine Bowl and a member of various Shrine groups including the Sultans of Swing and an associate member of the Legion of Honor.  He was a member of the Ritualistic Team, the Kick off Club, Provost Guard, a former member of the Director’s Staff, and a Past Patron of the Eastern Star.

Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, riding motorcycles, and cooking.  At one time, he worked as a cook at the Cattleman’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, Carla, of the home, are sons Robert J. Bryan, and his wife, Julie, of Mountlake Terrace, Washington and Pete P. Marrone, and his wife, Charity, of Prairie Village, Kansas; grandchildren Laurel and Audra McDaniel, Adelaine, Sylvia, and Gweneth Marrone; a brother, Chris Joel Bryan of Galveston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Zachary Marrone, on January 26, 1996, and an infant daughter, Roxanne.

Memorials services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Girard with Pastor Dallas Peterson officiating.  Masonic Services will be conducted by the Black Diamond Lodge of Weir and Military Honors will be given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Parsons.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where friends may call after 2 p.m., Friday.

Memorials are suggested to the Mirza Temple and these may be left at the church or the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.

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