Funeral services were held on October 16 at the Meadow Star United Methodist Church in Washta. Pastor Bill Cotten and Pastor Dick Krambeck officiated. Burial was in the Grand Meadow Cemetery in Washta. Military graveside honors were provided by V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post #2253. Funeral arrangements were made by Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Russell was born on Feb. 13, 1932 to Frank and Dorothy (Carver) Bryant. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1949, then attended Iowa State College, where he earned a bachelors degree in Agriculture Education and later a Master of Science in Agriculture Economics.
While at Iowa State, he met the love of his life, Beulah Anderson, and they married on June 19, 1954 in Pomeroy. Russell served in the United States Air Force as an Intelligence Officer for two years and was stationed in Rapid City, S.D. and Denver, Colorado. He and Bea returned to Iowa, where he served as Assistant County Extension Director in Vinton and Council Bluffs for five years. Russ and Bea then resided in St. Louis, Missouri for the next seven years, where Russ was employed by Doane Agriculture Service as Marketing Analyst and Consultant and then by Ralston Purina Corporation as Market Research Director.
Russ and Bea then made the decision to return to Washt to raise their growing family on the farm, and they made their home and raised their children there for the next 42 years. Russ owned and managed a large cattle-feeding operation, as well as a cow-calf operation and grain crop production. While running his farming operation, Russ also worked for the Farmer's Home Administration as a consultant, and for the State of Iowa as State Farm Administrator for several years.
Russ was involved in many community and leadership activities, including County Beef Producers Board of Directors, County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Supreme Beef Producers Board of Directors, Grand Meadow Heritage Center Board of Directors, Marcus Community School Superintendent's Advisory Council, United Methodist Church Lay Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and 4-H Club Leader.
Russ was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved the great outdoors. He was a conservationist, and realized the importance of being a steward of his land. Russ's greatest source of joy in his life was his children and grandchildren. He was very proud of each of them and all of their accomplishments.
He was preceded in death by his son David (June, 1966), his parents (in 1993) and his son-in-law, Mike Jensen (Dec. 2007)
Russell is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife, Bea; his son, Steve Bryant and his wife, Penni, of Ames; his daughters, Joan Bryant-Kennedy and her husband, John of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jill Jensen, of Ames; his son John Bryant and his wife, Tina, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Carol Hein, and her husband, Jason, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Julie Bryant of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Robert Bryant and his wife, Becky of Aurelia; a brother, Roger Bryant of Washta; grandchildren Josh Bryant, Erin Hackett and her husband, Tom, Emma Bryant, Zack and Kaitlyn Kennedy, Dane and Claire Jensen, Seth Bryant, Jacob, Tyler, and Lucas Hein, and Zoe Chavez;and great-grandchildren Jack and Lydia Hackett.