OBITUARY

Edward "Ed" Lane Bryan

January 30, 1950September 7, 2021
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PEKIN ~ Edward “Ed” Lane Bryan, 71, of Pekin, lovingly known as “My Dearest” by his wife of forty-five years, entered Heaven and into the arms of Jesus his Savior (John 3:16), at 3:09 a.m. Monday, September 7, 2021 from his home.

Born January 30, 1950 in Peoria to Lee Roy Bryan and Maverne (Smith) Bryan, he married Judith Elaine Durbin on September 25, 1976 in North Pekin. She survives, knowing she will see him again in Heaven. He has six amazing children who survive: Christa (Jim) Roland of Pekin, Shatan Bryan of Charleston, South Carolina, Luke (Cheryl) Bryan of Forrest, Virginia, Lisa (Jacob) Brooks of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Isaiah (Leigh) Bryan of Glennville, Georgia and Ashley Bryan (Dustin Uldrick) of Columbia, South Carolina. Eleven grandchildren who constantly occupied his heart and mind include Cole Bryan, Chloe (Sam) Pennell, Tanner (Katie) King, Conner (Carly) Roland, Kyleigh Bryan, Rylee King, Sidney King, Alexia Netzel, Lilly King, Tyson Netzel, and Ella Jackson. Five adopted grandchildren he prayed for frequently, Kaity Chilton, Kelly Carrell and Hill, Blake and Colton Uldrick. The best great-grandson in the whole world, Oliver Pennell was a constant joy. One brother, William Bryan and an adopted sister Phyllis Jones, both of Peoria were frequent partners in crime. Five nephews, Dave Cramer, Jim, Jerry, Mike and Billy Bryan and one niece, Patti Bryan, who felt like his own kids, also survive. There is a long list of favorite young people from church that touched his heart and built a relationship with him over the years. One that particularly stands out as family is Peyton Mitchell, who he considered his special friend, and was often sharing green mints and conversation at church with him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Jeanette Schultz, and two brothers, Jimmy and Charles Bryan.

Ed was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving proudly in the United States Army in Germany.

He was a 1969 graduate of Limestone Community High School and later received his Associates Degree in welding and blueprint reading from Lakeland Jr. College.

Ed retired in 2020 from O’Reilly Auto Parts after 12 years, where he was the Commercial Parts Manager. His account clients became close friends over the years and his retirement never kept him from frequently visiting their places of business and catching up.

His love of woodworking produced HUNKA Wood Crafts. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and was also a CUBS fan. Ed loved spending quality time with his family and church family.

Ed was a member of Bayview Baptist Church in Washington, serving as an usher, choir member and Sunday School Teacher. He was also a former member of Faith Baptist Church in Pekin, where he also served as an usher.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, September 13, 2021 at Bayview Baptist Church in Washington. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2021 also at Bayview Baptist Church. Pastor Brett Bedwell will officiate. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield at 2 p.m. Military rites will be provided by the United States Army and Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to Illinois Central Christian School, 22648 Grosenbach Road, Washington, Illinois 61571.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rylee King, Pallbearer
  • Sidney King, Pallbearer
  • Tanner King, Pallbearer
  • Tyson Netzel, Pallbearer
  • Sam Pennell, Pallbearer
  • Conner Roland, Pallbearer
  • Cole Bryan, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Edward "Ed" Lane Bryan

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Carol Kelley

September 12, 2021

Sorry for your loss....remember when Bill, Patti and I came over and watch the world series....lots of fun and memories...Ed was an awesome husband, father, brother, uncle and friend...just to name a few...I cherish the times we met for birthdays...got to know all alot more...

My thoughts and prayers are with Judy and all his loved ones...Ed will be with you always.

Cindy Turner

September 12, 2021

Bro. Bryan was a constant encourager to me! He sure will be missed! At church he would make it a point to tell me he was praying for me when we would shake hands during fellowship and I knew he did! Until we meet again

Kaity Chilton

September 12, 2021

Ed always treated me as family from the moment I met him three years ago. At Jim's 50th luau birthday party, when he walked in, I placed a lei over his head and he asked me for a kiss on the cheek, and I happily obliged. Ed was an amazing man with a heart full of love for all, family or not. I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to know him as long as I did.

Jeremy Miller

September 10, 2021

I'm gonna miss my church buddy.your smile and your gentle hugs. You always made a great impression on me especially when I first came to Bayview I was introduced to Summer Program as a visitor. You were the Captain of those silly guys Bucky and Chachi. We became close as well as rivals working for different auto parts stores. I'm going to miss walking by you and saying OH OH OH REILLYS. you are a true testament,you stood strong ,unwavering and you lived your life for God. Your friendship even extended to the very lengths of your family who all loved you so much. I am heartbroken because I can't be there to say see you later. My heart hurts but I know you are finally free of sickness. I can't wait to see you in heaven. I love you my friend and brother in christ

Carly Roland

September 9, 2021

Some of my favorite memories with Grandpa is the Tanners Orchard trips during the fall and the Chiefs game with some family members and Grandma.

Jenny Freson

September 9, 2021

Christa and family,

We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. We know he is with our Heavenly Father now and rest in the assurance that you will see him again. So happy you and your family got to make so many precious memories with him the last few months. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time. We love you!

Pam Weaver

September 9, 2021

Dear Judy and family, again I’m so sorry for your loss. Ed was a special person and will be truly missed. What’s so great about all this is that we know the Lord as our personal Savior and that we’ll see him and Mike soon. As we say “see you later”. May God give you peace and comfort for the days ahead.

Marie Anderson

September 9, 2021

Sorry for your loss. May God comfort all of the family.

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