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David L. Bryan U.S. Veteran

October 26, 1930 - March 21, 2013

Mr. David L. Bryan, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his home after being diagnosed with melanoma cancer in October 2012. Dave was born on October 26, 1930, in New Bloomfield, Mo., the son of Joseph Turner Bryan III and Anna Elizabeth Holt Bryan. His grandfather, Churchill Maugh Holt, ran a general store in Holts Summit, which his great-great grandfather James Holt founded. James Holt was the founder of Holts Summit, Mo. Dave was a graduate of New Bloomfield Public Schools, attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. and graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a degree in Business Administration. He served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. Bagnell Dam was only 19 years old when David enjoyed five summers on the Loc-Wood boat dock selling novelty hats. The dock was used in the construction of the Dam and is still in use and anchored just a few feet from the Dam. He was a State Farm Mutual Insurance agent in Jefferson City. He managed the Merchant Calculator office for the sales of calculators and adding machines in Jefferson City then moving to Evansville, Indiana. He was a partner in the Associated Calculator business in the Decatur and Champaign, Illinois areas. He purchased the Typewriter Service Company in Jefferson City later known as Bryan's Office Machine Mart and still later becoming One-Stop Office Supplies. David and John Walker (of Hannibal) opened two office supply stores: The Golden Ruler of Hannibal and The Golden Ruler of Mexico. While never having a real hobby, he did over the years enjoy remodeling old buildings, motorcycling; house boating, golfing, traveling and casino table games. Over the years he purchased and enjoyed remodeling many homes and buildings in Jefferson City including "the old Penny's Building" and the "Firehouse Building" and was a partner in the remodeling of the historic "Hope Building." He was a past member of the Jefferson City Jaycees; the Jefferson City Rotary Club; the Jefferson City Country Club; the B.P.O. of Elks, Lodge 513; the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 2693; and the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5. He was a member of the Providence Baptist Church and later a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include: one daughter, Deborah Jo Bryan Harris and her husband Carl of Longmont, Colo.; two sons, Joseph Turner Bryan IV and John David Bryan, both of Jefferson City, Mo.; two grandsons, Joseph Turner Bryan V and his wife Kourtney of Columbia, Mo. and Grant Alexander Bryan of Jefferson City, Mo.; one granddaughter, Rachel Lee Bryan of Jefferson City; one sister, Jo Ann Schultz and her husband Stu of Lakewood, Colo.; one great-granddaughter, Tatum Belle Bryan of Columbia, Mo.; and one nephew, Mark Davis of Arvada, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of Dave's life was held at the Eagle's Club Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com

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