OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park resident Ronald D. Bryant died June 12, 2004, at his home of natural causes. He was 66 years old. Born Dec. 12, 1937, in Alma, Neb., he was the son of Marion and Lois (Mason) Bryant.
When he was 4 or 5 years old the family moved to Kelso where his father worked at the local water treatment plant. Mr. Bryant attended the local schools and graduated from Kelso High School. After graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
His mother said he began to sing at the age of 2. He later learned to play lead guitar. After returning home from military service he formed his own band "The Chapperals." For years he and the band entertained many with their music, performing throughout Montana, Oregon and Washington.
His voice and musical talent provided his primary occupation and interest during his working career, but he had also spent years as a truck driver and as a construction carpenter. For several years he was a service technician and cleaned and repaired restaurant equipment. He was a 30-year member of the Kelso Eagles Lodge.
In 1977 he married Carolyn Closner in Kelso. Four years ago, the couple moved to Ocean Park after retirement to enjoy time with close friends and life at the beach.
Along with his love of music he also enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and camping. Known as "Papa" by his family and many friends, he took special pride in his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.
Survivors include his wife Carolyn of Ocean Park; son Tony Bryant and wife Candyce of Citrus Heights, Calif.; step-son Ronald Holden of Longview; step-daughter Kathleen Morrison of Citrus Heights, Calif.; sister Barbara Frelinger and husband Doug of Longview; brother Rex Bryant of Troutdale, Ore.; sister-in-law Cathy Closner and extended family Larry Holden and Debbie Patterson of Longview, and six grandchildren.
A memorial Service will be held Wednesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 4 p.m., at the American Legion Post #155 in Longview. Private cremation has been held with arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea.