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F. Martin Bryan

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F. Martin Bryan, 92, of New Bloomfield, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Oak Tree Villa in Jefferson City. He was born January 2, 1919, on a farm west of New Bloomfield, the eighth of nine children, born to Felix and Fannie E. (Clatterbuck) Bryan. He married the former Miss Callaway County of 1937, Ruby Rae Renner, on October 31, 1941. She survives. Martin graduated from New Bloomfield High School in 1935, at the age of 16. He went into business as a service station operator in New Bloomfield on January 31, 1938. He left the business in 1942, for duty with the United States Army during World War II. He served 42 months in the American Theatre, European African Middle Eastern Theatre and the Asiatic-Pacific campaigns. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and one Bronze Star. One highlight was being in a full Battalion Honor Guard in 1943, for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Martin was a Platoon Sergeant with the rank of T/SGT. After being discharged, he served as a weight officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Kingdom City for two years. He then returned to operate the service station in New Bloomfield. During this time he also worked as a clerk for the New Bloomfield Post Office, was an independent insurance agent and drove a bulk gasoline truck. In 1966, he became Postmaster of the New Bloomfield Post Office. He served in this position until his retirement in 1985. Martin was a charter member of the New Bloomfield Lion's Club. He served one year as president and 42 years as treasurer. He was also a charter member of the New Bloomfield Area Historical Society. He joined the Providence Baptist Church at an early age and served many years as a deacon. He enjoyed gardening, lawn mowing and ballroom dancing. Along with his wife, Martin will be fondly remembered by three children, Dr. J. Kent Bryan and wife Tolly of Melbourne, Fla., M. Renner Bryan and wife Becky of Liberty, and Susan Craighead of Holts Summit; six grandchildren, Bobbi Baysinger and husband David of Fulton, Brett Craighead and wife LeAnn of New Bloomfield, Jerry Bryan of South Carolina, James Bryan and wife Kari of Vancouver, British Columbia, Jason Bryan and wife Katrina of St. Louis and Kyla Leiboult and husband Matthew of Independence; 11 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Alu of St. Louis; one brother-in-law, Glen Renner and wife Ona of Springfield; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and three sisters. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Debo Funeral Home in Holts Summit, with Reverend Jim Shaver officiating. Interment will follow at Callaway Memorial Gardens in Fulton. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to New Bloomfield Lion's Club, New Bloomfield Area Historical Society or Providence Baptist Church, c/o Debo Funeral Home, P.O. Box 314, Holts Summit, MO 65043. Condolences can be sent at www.debofuneralhome.com.

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