HOUGHTON - John P. Bryant, 58, a former resident of Houghton, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Portage Hospital following a lengthy illness.
John was born March 25, 1954, to Butch and Betty Bryant of Houghton. He attended Houghton High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was proud to serve his country.
After the Army, he married Ann Marie Julio of Hancock, but eventually they divorced, remaining close over the years.
John worked for many years as a Gazette driver, first doing the Copper Harbor route, then the Toivola route until his health prevented him from working. Prior to that, he drove occasionally for Plowe Funeral Home.
John's greatest love besides his family and friends were bowling, darts and playing pool. He played on numerous leagues, won numerous trophies, touched many people's lives through the enjoyment of those sports and he had many fond memories.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Butch and Betty Bryant; his sister, Judith Bryant.
He is survived by his sons and daughter: John Bryant, James M. Bryant, Anastasia Bryant, Andrew Bryant, Joseph (Samantha Short) Julio and Christopher Julio, all of Hancock; his grandson, Kyler; and his ex-wife Ann Marie Julio of Hancock; by his sisters, Cindy (Gerald) Quello and Kathy (David) Plowe; his brother, James Bryant; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
John's family would like to thank everyone who was a part of his life, for making his life as enjoyable as possible and for allowing him to be a part of your lives, so thank you for being his friend. We would like to thank everyone for the care and support you showed John over the years. Thank you all.
Friends may call on Wednesday afternoon, May 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton. Burial will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton .
To view John's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit plowefuneralhome.com
The Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton has been assisting the family with arrangements.
"Good Bye, Dad, you'll always be missed and loved by all of us, and we'll all see you on the other side. We love ya, we miss ya and sooner or later we'll see ya again."