David Blane Bryan

February 21, 1944April 10, 2014
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David Blane Bryan, 70, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday April 10, 2014 at his residence. He was born on February 21, 1944 in Springfield to Clarence and Dorothy Green Bryan. He married Judith Myerscough in 1963 and she survives.

Mr. Bryan is also survived by two daughters: Lisa (Terry) Whalen of Forest Park, IL., and Michelle Elmore of Springfield, three grandchildren: Justin Elmore of Vail, CO., Rachel Whalen and Michael Whalen both of Forest Park, IL., one brother Dallas (Rose Marie) Bryan of Germantown, TN., and his sister Donna (Robert) Hemer of Moweaqua.

David graduated from Taylorville High School and attended the University of Illinois. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation as an Engineering Technician form 1963-1968. In 1967 Mr. Bryan started his insurance career as a General Agent with the Franklin Life Insurance Company until 1999 upon becoming an Independent Producer representing several insurance companies. His primary focus over the last 40 years has been providing and servicing fee income products to financial institutions and servicing a personal book of business. David held Series 7 and 63 Life, A&H, and Property/Casualty Licenses, he was a Certified Senior Advisor, and was active in life insurance since 1967 and securities since 1973. Mr. Bryan was awarded the National Quality Award – 20 years, the National Sales Achievement Award – 15 years, and was recognized on numerous occasions by the Franklin Life Insurance Co. for both sales and agency management.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road, with burial to follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 4-7pm Monday at Bisch West. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Visitation Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Brenda Kelso

May 27, 2014

Dear Judy, Lisa, and Michelle, I just learned of Dave's passing away. I am so sorry and surprised. Dave was a very special man, I loved his sense of humor and smile. I loved looking at the photos, the one with the crew cut reminded me of when Dave came to pick you up at Uncle Joe and Aunt Dorothy's when you were in high school, before you were married. Love you and praying for comfort and grace as you all deal with the loss of your hubby and dad. Love, Brenda

May 2, 2014

Aunt Judy, I am sorry for Dave for passing away. I am wishing the best for everybody.

nancy weybright

April 25, 2014

judy,i just learned of davids death. I am so sorry to hear this.david was a good person to all. please give my sympathy to lisa and michelle.prayers for all of you.with much love,nancy

Joe & VJ Kester

April 16, 2014

Judy, Dave was only a few days younger than I, and we will always remember his ready smile and sense of humor from the days at THS. Behind that smile, on the football field, was a real team player. Time and events separated us, but memories will be the static line of reality. My wife and I offer our sincere condolences at this sad time .....Our deepest sympathy.

Tony & Norma Durbin

April 16, 2014

David's infectuous smile and sense of humor will be missed but always remembered. He was truly a gentleman and a good friend. May God bless Judy and the entire Bryan family at this difficult time.

Rita Leinberger

April 16, 2014

I use to work at "The Franklin" & will always remember Dave as very friendly and always had a smile. He was a great guy. My prayers goes out to all the family.

Paul & Maggie Wilhour

April 16, 2014

Judy and the entire Bryan family you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is very difficult to express the loss I too feel as David has been a TRUE life long friend. We have been friends for 64 years as we started 1st Grade together in Owaneco Illinois Grade School. It is truly amazing that we spoke to each other by phone almost every month the past 10 years. We spoke as recently as last week and he knew what the agenda was, but still maintained his sense of humor as we discuss our years together. He was truly "One Of A Kind" with a smile on his face and Love for his wife Judy and his family. Please remember the good times as I know there are many...that is what I intend to do also.

Leigh Towers Barczi

April 15, 2014

Lisa (& family) I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I enjoyed getting to meet him during our college years. I loved his big smile. You are in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. May the joy of happy memories give you comfort at this time and always.

mary sue stephens-divine

April 15, 2014

Donna, I want to extend sympathy to you and your family. I am reminded of the days long ago when we were kids and played together on the farm.

Jim Quigley

April 15, 2014

Dave and I were close friends when we both worked for the Franklin. He helped me a great deal when I spent a year in the field. We went on some joint sales calls together. He was a real gentleman and will be missed. Our sympathy to Judy and the rest of his family.