February 09, 2022 Craig Bryant, 64
Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Craig Bryant, age 64, of Lenox, who passed away Monday, January 31, 2022 at his home will be held Monday, February 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Lenox Christian Church. Visitation will be held Sunday at the Ritchie Funeral Home from 2 to 4 with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. INSTEAD OF FLOWERS the family requests memorials be given to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This is a loving gift to Craig’s niece, Kaylie Schmitt. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we ‘Celebrate Life’.
Craig Eugene Bryant, 64, of Lenox, Iowa, passed away on January 31, 2022, at home. Craig was born April 3, 1957 to Willard E. “Bud” and Mary Anne (Abel) Bryant, in Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to Lenox with his parents and younger brother, Scott, before his senior year in high school. Craig graduated from Lenox High School in 1975. He was a member of the Lenox Christian Church.
Craig was a Boy Scout in his early years, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He excelled in baseball and swimming, and became a life-long fan of the KC Royals and KC Chiefs. He loved taking in games at the stadiums with his family and friends. He cherished his memories at big games including World Series, MLB All Star games, and NFL play-offs.
After high school graduation and attending college, Craig worked with his parents at Bryant Furniture & Hardware in Lenox. Later he drove a school bus route, worked other jobs, and enjoyed being on a bowling team for several years. He was a proud Rural Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years and 1 million miles. Craig was a loyal friend. He never knew a stranger and genuinely cared about the well-being of everyone he came in contact with.
Craig was united in marriage to Janice Beach in 1979 in Lenox, IA. They had three children together, Brandy Sue in 1981, Christopher Craig in 1983, and Travis James in 1987. Craig and Jan divorced in 1996. Craig married Kelly Snow in 2000 and had a son, Caiden Scott in 2002. Craig and Kelly later divorced.
Craig was a proud father and grandfather who never missed an opportunity to tell his kids and grandkids how much he loved them. He enjoyed spending time with them watching sports, going out to eat, going on road trips, and checking in often through phone calls and text messages.
Craig was preceded in death by his father Bud in 1998, grandparents, Noah and Margaret Bryant; and A.E. and Gladys Abel; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving mother, Mary Anne Bryant of Lenox; brother Scott (Jackie) of Woodbury, MN; children Brandy of Smithville, MO; Christopher (Miranda) of Creston, IA; Travis (Andria) of Kansas City, MO; and Caiden of Iowa City, IA (attending University of Iowa); his grandchildren, Alexis, Christian, Olivia, Julia, Adrianne, Kyndal, Ember, Brooklyn and Asha; Aunt Betty Abel of Creston; Aunt Carol Anderson of Manhattan Beach, CA.
We will forever hold the precious memory of Craig in our hearts.
May he be at peace in God’s loving care.