Joan Bryant

October 19, 1929 - October 01, 2021

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Monday, October 04, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Tuesday, October 05, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Tuesday, October 05, 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Joan Bryant, 91, of Wolcottville, Indiana, died Friday, October 1, 2021, at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville.

She was born October 19, 1929, in Noble County to B. Harry and Glendis (Forker) Smith.

On January 3, 1948, in South Milford she married James R. “Jim” Bryant. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2016.

Mrs. Bryant retired from J.O. Mory in South Milford after 29 ½ years where she was a computer operator.

She was a member of the South Milford United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Roderick of Wolcottville; two sons, David (Pam) Bryant of Kendallville and Jeff (JoAnn) Bryant of Kendallville; seven grandchildren, Jenni (Chad) Lepley, Melanie Beer, Rhonda (Kevin) Kendig, Cecelee (Chad) Shuck, Beverly Bryant, Tammy (Greg) Barkley, and Tim Bryant; 15 great-grandchildren, Coy (Ally) Lepley, Damon (Janeva) Lepley, Makayla (Robby) Boots, Austin Luckey, Brianna Beer, Emma Beer, Cale Beer, Bryant Walter, Joel Busche, Hannah Black, Beau Barkley, Dakota Barkley, Dustin Barkley, Brett Barkley, and Jordan Bryant; five great great-grandchildren, Joline Lepley, Dorthy Lepley, Eli Lepley, Aliya Lepley, and Sawyer Busche; brother-in-law, Lynn Halferty; sister-in-law, Bonnie Bryant; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Gary Roderick; five sisters, Thelma Svoboda, Beverly Nichols, Arlene Longyear, Glyndon Wright, and Carole Halferty; and three brothers, Lauren Smith, Gale Smith, and Harold Smith.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Mike Antal of the South Milford United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will follow at the South Milford Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Greg Barkley, Tim Bryant, Rod Beer, Chad Lepley, Coy Lepley, and Damon Lepley.

Visitation is Monday, October 4, 2021, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the South Milford United Methodist Church.

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Guest Book

David Preston
October 6th, 2021 1:21pm

Sorry to hear of the passing of Joan, my condolences to the family.

Ken Moran
October 5th, 2021 6:34pm
Lima, Ohio

Thinking of you Jeff in this time of loss. Prayers for healing.

Debbie Tyner
October 5th, 2021 5:09pm

I'm so sorry for your loss Dave, you and your family are all in my prayers.

Robert K Bryant
October 4th, 2021 7:07pm
Notre Dame

Joan and Jim had a wonderful life and a great family. May God bless and comfort those mourning the passing. of Joan.

Mary Jane(Richards)Lamm
October 4th, 2021 5:06pm
Boston, New York

Sending prayers and thoughts to all the family of Joan Bryant. She was a wonderful lady and neighbor growing up on the next farm from the Jim Bryant family. Always a kind and loving person. She will be missed by all.

Jack and Martha Martin
October 4th, 2021 2:46am
Van Wert

We are so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers to you and all your family.

Rodney M Hall
October 2nd, 2021 1:25pm

Linda, so sorry to hear of Joanne's passing. Please know that Marie and I have you and the entire family in our prayers. May God give you the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Diana LeBrun
October 2nd, 2021 12:37am
Palm Coast, FL

The entire PHHS Class of 1970 sends our condolences to Dave and family.

Rachel Baysinger
October 1st, 2021 11:39pm
Evansville, Indiana

I will miss Grandma Bryant, she was quite lovely always dressed beautifully without a stitch or hair out of place. I was blessed with the opportunity to make her and Grandpa Bryant’s 65th wedding anniversary cake. Thank you for being part of my life, you will always be remembered.

Judy Bender
October 1st, 2021 11:38pm

Thinking of you all. Joan will get to spend Jim's birthday with him as she wished. Love to the family.