Dr. Cardis W. Bryan Jr. of Hannibal, Missouri, was born June 2, 1938 in Dallas, Texas to Cardis W. Sr. and Ruth Nelwyn Brown Bryan and passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 2 days.
Cardis enlisted in the United States Army in 1958. Dr. Bryan served his country during the Vietnam era from 1958 to 1968. While serving, he was stationed in Turkey much of his time working in Army communications to recover information from Russian Satellites.
Later he worked for Grumman Aerospace where he worked on both the Lunar Module and the Apollo Space Project.
He married Stephanie Ann Chapman on August 31, 1958 at the Walter Reed Army Chapel in Washington, DC.
Cardis passion was his ministry, his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pastoring churches throughout Missouri, Colorado, Kentucky, New York and Indiana for many years.
He enjoyed Christian books and also took pleasure in science fiction selections and movies. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. Bluegrass Christian music, trips with his wife, Stephanie and befriending and feeding animals and wildlife in his neighborhood were a few of his favorites.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cardis Sr. and Ruth Bryan; one daughter, Julia Elizabeth McFarling; one granddaughter, Meghan Dougherty; and one son-in-law, Darin Hartley.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; three children, Scott Bryan (Dawn) of St. Charles, Missouri, Ruth Anne Garner (Bob) of Hannibal, Missouri and Heather Gunter (Mike) of Cincinnati, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Patrick McFarling (Sarah), Kevin McFarling (Miranda), Robert McFarling (Kirsten), Eric Garner (Liz), Mark Garner (Samantha), Ashley Bryan (Cori), Lauryn Hartley, Kaitlyn Hartley, Bryson Gunter and Corbyn Gunter, five great grandchildren; one grandson-in-law; Ryan Dougherty (Trina); other relatives and friends.
There will be no services at this time. A memorial service will be held at a later day.
Arrangements for cremation under the direction of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Missouri.