James W. Bryan

August 15, 1931June 22, 2018

James “Jim” W. Bryan, 86, of Marengo, formerly of Woodstock, followed the angels to heaven Friday, June 22, 2018, in his home with his family by his side. Jim was born August 15, 1931 to Jesse and Nora (Buchte) Bryan in Union who preceded him in death. In 1955 Jim married Sandra Helper who preceded him in death in 1997. Also preceding him in death was his sister, Doris Richards. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Joan; two daughters, Kathryn (Steve) Loser, Kimberly (Rob) Hoey; stepson, Rob Roderick; stepdaughters, Susan (Richard) Seibel and Sherrie Roderick as well as grandchildren, Brandy (Mike) Sund, Christopher (Elizabeth) Loser, Nicholas and Brittany Loser, Michael Hoey, Autumn (Ryne) Van Wazer, Kaleigh, Jacob, and Daniel Seibel, Jason and Matthew Montgomery, and great-grandchildren, Samantha and Ryan Sund, Annelise and Emmett Loser, and Cassidy VanWazer, and nephews, Randy (Kathy) Yerk, Russ (Gayle) Yerk, and David Richards. Jim served proudly in the Navy during the Korean War. When he came home from the war he began his career with Northern Illinois Gas where he retired in 1991. He also served on the Woodstock Fire Department as a volunteer for 25 years and as an Elder at the Baptist church during his later years. Jim loved people as well as his work. He was known for being able to fix just about any furnace, air conditioner, water heater, washer, dryer, you name it, Jim would tackle it. A memorial gathering will be held Friday, June 29 with the visitation starting at 9am and the memorial service to follow at 11am at the First Baptist Church of Marengo, 320 E. Washington St., Marengo. Memorials may be made to JourneyCare Hospice or to the American Baptist Women, c/o the First Baptist Church of Marengo. Online condolences may be made at


  • Joan Bryan, Wife
  • Kathryn (Steve) Loser, Daughter
  • Kimberly (Rob) Hoey, Daughter
  • Rob Roderick, Stepson
  • Susan (Richard) Seibel, Stepdaughter
  • Sherrie Roderick, Stepdaughter
  • Brandy (Mike) Sund, Granddaughter
  • Christopher (Elizabeth) Loser, Grandson
  • Nicholas and Brittany Loser, Grandchildren
  • Michael Hoey, Grandson
  • Autumn (Ryne) Van Wazer, Granddaughter
  • Kaleigh, Jacob, and Daniel Seibel, Grandchildren
  • Jason and Matthew Montgomery, Grandchildren
  • Samantha and Ryan Sund, Great-grandchildren
  • Annelise and Emmett Loser, Great-grandchildren
  • Cassidy Van Wazer, Great Granddaughter
  • Randy (Kathy) Yerk, Nephew
  • Russ (Gayle) Yerk, Nephew
  • David Richards, Nephew
  • Sandra (Helper) Bryan, Wife
  • Jesse Bryan, Father
  • Nora (Buchte) Bryan, Mother
  • Doris Richards, Sister

  • JourneyCare Hospice
  • American Baptist Women


  • Memorial Gathering Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 29, 2018

James W. Bryan

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John Bryan

June 25, 2018

I remember Jimmy coming to our house in GA in the early '60s when I was in high school. Later in the mid 60s I was stationed at Great Lakes and he came and got me several weekends and let me stay at his house in Woodstock. It was a great time for an 18 year old away from home for the first time and I will never forget his hospitality.

Dianne Ocheskey

June 24, 2018

Jim was always a happy man, always had a smile, and willing to help any in need. He helped us so many times with fixing just about any appliance we have. But most of all, we cherished his friendship. He was such an honorable man and dedicated to the service he provided to our Country. For that we thank him endlessly.

Karl and I met him through his wife, Joan. He loved to talk about their family and how proud he was all of them. His love for Joan was so special. His face would light up every time he talked about her and how they met!

Our love to Jim for our memories with him and our love and support to his family. He will be missed by so many people - especially Karl and I!