It is with great sadness to report that LIONS Past International President, W. R. Bryan, recently passed away. A funeral service is scheduled at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 20, 2003, at the Doylestown United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to The Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation, W.R Bryan Diabetic Research Fund – The Dick Bryan Fellow Program, 3375 Hoover Road, Grove City, Ohio, 43123
As many of you know, Lion Dick had a long service to LIONISM, something like 60+ years. His late wife died from complications of diabetes and he, too, suffered from diabetes. The W. R. Bryan Diabetic Research fund was established by the Ohio LIONS Eye Research Foundation to honor this great LIONS member and to support research into the prevention, cause, treatment and cure of the vision loss associated with this disease.
Lion Dick honored the Grove City LIONS evening club by attending its’ 60th anniversary a few years ago. At that meeting, he shared his long history and vivid memories of early LIONISM, including his interactions with Mervin Jones, the founder of the LIONS (1917). He will be missed by many and remembered by all.
A special thank you to Lion Bill Keller, web administrator for the Ohio Lions MD-13 website, for the photos.