Benjamin John Bryant, Sr., 81, of Norwalk, Iowa, died on Monday, February 1, 2021 peacefully at home while surrounded by his loving wife and four children of complications from Alzheimer’s. In agreement with his wishes, a cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 15th in Clarksville, Missouri. More details to follow.
Ben was born on October 16, 1939 at home in Clarksville, Missouri. He was the son of Benjamin Witten and Ruth Bryant. He graduated from Clopton High School in 1957. Ben spent many years in Clarksville where he owned and operated Bryant Milling Feed and Supply. From there he worked in the automobile business at Gentry Bryant Ford and then he spent many years in the feed sales business. His feed career led him many places, but the last stop was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. However, after retiring and moving to Norwalk, Ben reentered the realty business as a broker-owner of Associated Realty. He was a gentle man who never met a stranger. Ben had a way with people, that is why they called him “Gentle Ben”. Ben loved to play golf, fish, and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Diane Bryant and four children: Debbie (Mick) Kindley of Madison, WI, Dana (Jake) Hansen of Ely, IA, Ben (Kathy) Bryant of Estero, FL, Robert (Tina) Bryant of Marion, IA and two stepchildren Angie (Matt) Elliott of Cumming, IA, and Jamie Mahan of Beaverdale, IA. He is survived by 12 grandchildren; Janet (Eric) Romanowicz of River Falls, WI, Chris Kindley of Pardeeville, WI, Samantha Silverstein of Bellevue, KY, Michael (Lisa) Silverstein of Charlotte, NC, Maddie (Mitch) Hansen of Tipton, IA, Taylor Bryant of Estero, FL, Kamryn Bryant of Estero, FL, Conner Bryant of Bellevue, NE, Katie (Justin) Kraft of Chanhassen, MN, Jacob Elliott of St. Charles, IA, Cassie Elliott and Jackson Elliott of Cumming, IA and 2 great grandchildren; Lucas and Elena Romanowicz of River Falls, WI.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Janet (Hoffy) Bryant; and his parents Witten and Ruth Bryant.
Memorials in Ben’s memory may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Unity Point Hospice of Des Moines, Iowa, or the Animal Rescue League.