Rapid River, MI
Army Specialist, Brenden Michael Bryant, a brave, courageous soldier passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 17, 2014 at the young age of 22.
Brenden was born January 5, 1992 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He grew up in Rapid River and graduated from the Rapid River High School in 2010. He enlisted in the United States Army in the fall of 2010 and began his training in February 2011. He successfully completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in April of 2011. He was eventually stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas and deployed to Iraq in 2011 and to Afghanistan in 2013. Brenden was an excellent marksman and proud to be a U.S soldier. He was the recipient of the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Accommodation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Brenden was an avid outdoorsman and loved four wheeling, hunting and especially fishing with his Grandpa Bird. He had a big heart and will be deeply missed by everyone.
Gone but never forgotten, you touched our lives forever with your warm smile, handsome good looks and comforting hugs. Family and friends are grateful and honored to have had you in our lives.
Brenden is survived by his father, Michael (Theresa Doneau) Bryant, his mother, Cheryl (Michael) Syers, two brothers, Brett (Cheyenne Linder) Bryant and Conner Bryant all of Rapid River, grandparents, Marion (the late Carl) Bryant of Rapid River and Leona (Theodore) Ritter of Gladstone and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him dearly.
Brenden was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Carl Bryant in 2011 and Rodney Bird in 2013.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 27 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Congregational Church in Rapid River. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 PM at the church with Pastor Bill Rafuse officiating. Military Honors will be presented by the United States Army at the church. A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall. Brenden will be laid to rest in the Rapid River Cemetery.
The Bryant family is being assisted by the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone.