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Funeral services will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:00 PM (Central).

Norris Community Hall
Norris, South Dakota

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In memory of

Wayne Bryan

of Bakersfield, California, formerly of White River, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at his son Shane's home near Parmelee at the age of 75

Wayne Douglas Bryan, age 75, of Bakersfield, California, formerly of White River, South Dakota, died peacefully on June 17, 2020, at his son Shane’s home near Parmelee, shortly after returning from California to help with haying.

Wayne was an excellent cattleman, but his true passion was training and riding horses. Wayne claimed that his horse Firecracker could count! In the past few years Wayne’s job was to bring the cattle down the alley and after the first count down the chute, whatever number was needed after that, Wayne claimed Firecracker would count and cut the cattle off by himself. We always had a good laugh about his story!

Wayne loved to wake up early and sit and watch the sun come up over the barn. He would also sit on the porch in his rocking chair and supervise all the activity on the ranch. At night we would often catch him outside looking up at the stars as he said he could never see the stars in California.

One of Wayne’s favorite things to do was to play cards with anyone that would play with him. He loved pinochle, pitch, and cribbage. If there was no one around to play cards with him, he would sit and play solitaire. He loved to tease and get everyone stirred up about cards. He played endless hours of cribbage with his granddaughter Laura and he would tease her that he was always up on her by at least 2 games!

Wayne grew up near White River, South Dakota on a ranch and excelled in sports and rodeo in High School. He married Sharon Astleford in 1963, and they had three boys: Shane, Guy, and Heath and ranched until 2000. In 1995 he married Annette Fleming Duffy of Hill City, South Dakota. Recently he resided in Bakersfield, California but returned to the ranch often to help with ranch activities.

Survivors include three sons: Shane (Lisa) Bryan of Parmelee, Guy (Jennifer) Bryan of White River, and Heath (LeRonda) Bryan of Draper; seven grandchildren Clayton (Heidi) Bryan and daughters Bailey, Carley, and Audrey of Norris; Cliff (Nikki) Bryan and son Oliver of White River; Laura Bryan of Sioux Falls; Kacktus (Shauna) Bryan and son Newt of White River; Kayde (Desirae) Bryan and son Bane of White River; Dacey (Lucas) Neely and daughter Essie of Pierre; and Becky (Clayton) Evans of Yankton; siblings, Charles Bryan of Avon, SD and Sharon LeTellier of North Carolina; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don, Willard, Larry, and Tony; and sisters, Madeline, Pat, Lola, and Caroline.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm CST on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the Norris Community Hall in Norris.

All flowers and memorials may be sent or delivered to Rush Funeral Home at 165 E. Hwy. 14 Philip, SD 57567, and we will deliver them to the service.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 6 p.m.
Norris Community Hall
Norris, South Dakota

Evan Bligh

Heidi Bryan - Nikki Bryan
Desirae Bryan - Shauna Bryan

Laura Bryan

Clayton Bryan - Cliff Bryan
Kacktus Bryan - Kayde Bryan
Curt Bryan - Robert Herman

  • Another great South Dakotan and one of the last of the old time real real cowboys has passed on. Wayne was a good man who always had a smile and some humor to share. His legacy will live on through his family who are a tribute to a life well lived.

    cowboys has passed on. Wayne was a good man who always had a
    smile and a joke to tell. His legacy will remain with the great family he
    left behind. He will be missed.

    cowboys has passed. Wayne was a good man who always had a joke

    and a smile. He has left a great legacy through his family and will truly be missed.
    ~ Ron Frederick Mission, SD (6/26/2020)
  • I certainly do remember Wayne from High School. Condolences to the family ~ Ernie Endes Carlsbad, NM (6/19/2020)
  • I'm sorry to read about Wayne passing. My Mom was Verna Brunson Hix, she was Wayne's first cousin. I remember you all from many years ago when we lived in White River. I hope all of your wonderful memories and all the laughter you shared with him help you through the sad times. God Bless. ~ Vicky Hix Rapid City, SD (6/18/2020)