Donnie Lee Bryant, 84, crossed the thin veil between heaven and earth on July 31, 2019.
Born in Cygnet, Ohio, on February 16, 1935, Donnie was the third son of George and Gladys Bryant and proudly took his place as the baby of the family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two older brothers, Paul Bryant and Leroy Bryant.
At 18 years old, Donnie married Darlene Tanier, and together, they had five beautiful children: Candy, Vickie, Allen, Zelda, and Raymond.
Donnie spent his life as a true and rare craftsman, running his own business as a highly sought-after plasterer throughout Ohio and the tri-state region. He spent many hours in his woodshop and out in the barns with his tractors and beloved animals. He loved popcorn more than anyone on earth and could out dance any of his grandchildren to the tune of “Jalepeno Lena.”
Without a doubt, Donnie lived his best life through his grandchildren. His grandchildren remember his love of pies, homemade noodles, and all things food, Santa Claus lights on the barn, pet raccoons, an unwelcome squirrel in the Christmas tree, moonie dolls, the tunes of his harmonica by the fire, a two-seater outhouse that he’d use “just because and to enjoy the sunrise,” more bacon than anyone ever needed to eat, nicknames like ‘houseplant’ and ‘pick,’ help with 4-H projects, and a one-of-a-kind stubborn streak that was inarguably stronger than that of his favorite donkey, Hoagie.
To know Donnie was to understand the depths God goes for His children. Donnie lived a far from a perfect life, and still, God poured out His grace, forgiveness and long-suffering kindness. He lived most of his days as a man in search of redemption, and by the time he was in his late 70s, he found that redemption in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was this experience that became the greatest love story of His life.
Donnie was also preceded in death by his sons, Raymond and Allen Bryant; his oldest daughter, Candy Schmitz; his grandson Abram Schmitz; and his great-great grandson Lincoln Hartley. He is survived by his daughters, Vickie (Gene) Pool of Van Wert, Ohio, and Zelda (Larry) Snyder of Forest, Ohio; 9 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.
His family will celebrate his life during a private, family service. Arrangements are entrusted to the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home