Harold “Doc” Bryan
Harold “Doc” Bryan passed away on February 20, 2020 at 76 years of age. Harold was born on March 21, 1943 in Colorado Springs, CO and was the son of Harold and Velta Bryan of Cortez, CO. He is survived by his wife Verna R. Bryan (Dove Creek, CO), his children Cheryl L. Rohscheib (Dove Creek, CO) and Melanie R. Bryan (Hattiesburg, MS), his grandchildren Katie and Ben Rohrscheib, Kei, Austin, Kaden Heusser, and Hannele Stevens and his sister Myrtha Broussard. Services were held at First Baptist Church in Dove Creek on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
Harold had a huge heart and loved God above all else. Family meant everything to him, and he was a devoted friend to many. He had a servant’s heart and served as a deacon in several churches over many years, most recently serving as President at First Baptist Church in Dove Creek. He cherished his years in Alaska where he spent his free time fishing, hunting and flying his tail dragger 2839C and his floatplane 2968A. He also loved working in his orchard in Dove Creek and sharing his fruits with many friends and neighbors. Music held a special place in his heart and many fond memories remain of him sitting at the piano playing with his grandkids beside him and singing in the church choir, as well as his much-loved quartet. Harold had a soft spot for all animals but was especially attached to his "fur babies”.
His children and grandchildren remember him best for his ornery and mischievous nature and his love for goofy songs and poems. He shared with his family his love of the outdoors by taking them flying, teaching them to fish, and how to shoot guns. He loved watermelon more than anyone had the right to. He was strong-willed, loyal, and respected. Doc cared for everyone he met, and his door was always open to his friends and family. His gentle and caring heart will long be remembered. The stories of his kindness, hospitality and mischievous nature abound among all who knew him.
Having attained his Ph.D. in general medicine from Kansas City medical center, he went on to practice medicine for 31 years specializing in occupational medicine. He served as a physician in the United States Airforce and then moved on to private practice. He retired from corporate practice with ARCO oil company in Prudhoe Bay, AK as the lead medical director. He always had fun with friends and family by regaling them with his stories and threatening them with big needles. But he was always there and willing to help when he could. Friends knew him as compassionate, honest and trustworthy no matter how difficult the situation they were facing.
Lieutenant Colonel Harold Dee Bryan honorably served in the United States Air Force from May 27th, 1968 through June 14th, 1987. Harold received the Air Force Commendation Medal in conjunction with his honorable discharge in 1987.
Harold “Doc” Bryan will be truly missed by all his friends and family and remembered for the incredible, godly example he set.
Thessalonians 4: 13-18 ESV “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord....”
Funeral arrangements for Harold “Doc” Bryan were held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the First Baptist Church, 303 N Main, Dove Creek, CO 81324. Pastor David Polhamous was officiate. Interment followed at Dove Creek Cemetery.
Mailing address for cards and messages of condolences:
P.O. Box 799, Dove Creek, CO 81324
Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. To send condolences or to view the full obituary, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.