George Wayne Bryson left this earth on April 17, 2017. He was born to Joseph and Florence Bryson in High Rolls, N.M., the third of four children. Wayne was 77 years old.
He spent his preteen years in New Mexico. His most favorable childhood memories were times he spent with his older sister, Louise, and her family. Wayne and his father, Joe, moved to Washington in the early 1950s. His father was a construction worker and carpenter and followed construction of the dams being built at that time. Therefore, Wayne attended many schools before arriving in Wishram, Wash., in 1954. There he enjoyed playing sports and met many lifelong friends. He graduated from Wishram High School in 1957.
Wayne liked to play pool, fish, hunt and enjoy the comaraderie that went with sports, being family or friends. His fishing trips to Alaska, were great memories. He would laugh when talking of a fishing trip that was just the “Ole Man and the Kid.” His other interests included reading and watching outdoors adventure programs. Joining his friends in the mornings at the local tavern to chat, where the morning brew of choice was coffee, tea, sodas and of course “Kool-Aid.”
He also had a standing exchange of phone calls with his friend Ron. A joke they shared for many years. “Just stay off the roads–he Wishram pinochle club gals are on the move.” He also enjoyed all the goodies the pinochle clubsent home to him. Wayne also tried archery, but gave that up years ago with most of the skin on his nose gone.
Wayne would sit for hours and let his granddaughter put make-up on him and fix his hair. She would brush it so much the electricity in it would make his hair fly everywhere. Then came the styling and braiding. But, when she finished, she would tell him how beautiful he looked. Playing Tic-Tac-Toe with the grandchildren was another favorite.
He liked to drive. Many times, he and his grandson would take day trips together, just driving around. He had an art for finding out of the way places to travel. On trips to New Mexico and Arizona to see family, he would find beautiful scenery and a different route every time. Wayne also was very fond of short cuts. Sometimes the short cuts would save 50 or 60 miles, but would take 6-8 hours to drive while cattle, goats, horses, donkeys, pigs, geese and very sharp and dangerous blind curves were witnessed on the road, but always very beautiful and scenic. He was a very fun man.
Wayne started working for SP&S railroad in 1959 and continued working for B.N.S.F railroad until his retirement in 1999. In 1960, he married Marilyn Feldtman, and they celebrated almost 52 years. They lived together in the same home the last 49 years, until his death in April.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, William Dwayne, who only survived four days; brother Lee, who passed when Wayne was seven; mother, Florence when Wayne was 12; father, Joe in 1999; sister, Louise Johnson in 2000; and brother-in-law, Leon Johnson in 2007, both from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two sons, both of Vancouver, Wash., Gary Bryson and wife DeAnna; grandchildren, Gavin and Tory; son, Greg Bryson, Joe Ellen; step-great-grandchildren, Jewell and Nevaeh; niece, Debbie Johnson of New Mexico; sister-in-law, Sally McCann; brother and sister-in-law Gary and Linda Feldtman of Lacey, Wash.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; also, many family dogs and cats.
A special “Thank-You” to Dr. Anslinger and her staff for all the years of care she helped Wayne through, trying her best to make life better for him. Our family would also like to recognize the compassion and care provided by doctors, nurses and staff at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.
Wayne was a very easy going, likable, kind, thoughtful, loving man who acquired many friends in his life. What he treasured most was his family. His almost daily calls from Gary or Greg (mostly railroad talk) did not end with good bye, but “I Love You.” All family phone calls ended the same way. Wayne’s family never left his home without a hug and “I Love You.” So in lieu of flowers or donations, just give the ones you love a hug, tell them you love them and remember Wayne.
A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at the Eagles Lodge in The Dalles, on September 16, 2017 at 1 p.m. Come join his family for this event.
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