Obituary of Everett Duwayne Bryan


Everett DuWayne Bryan, age 85, resident of Fort Scott, KS, died Saturday, September 9, 2023, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, MO.

He was born May 8, 1938, in Mattoon, Il, the son of Everett and Kathryn Decker Bryan.  DuWayne met his wife-to-be through a mutual friend while attending a horse show.  He married Sheren Martin on July 27, 1968, in Sullivan, IL.  DuWayne’s horse “Lucid Leo” was a big contributing factor.  Together they attended many horse shows through the years.

DuWayne worked as a pipe fitting welder for the local pipe fitter’s union out of Decatur, IL.  After moving to Fort Scott in 1994, he worked for Kirkland Welding for 10 years until retirement.

He was a big pro football and college basketball fan.  He became an avid supporter of PSU athletics while in Fort Scott.  He was a member of the Grace Baptist Tabernacle.


Survivors include his wife Sheren of the home; five children, Kevin French, Louisville, KY, Vonnie Lee (Doug), Sullivan, IL, Donald “Tony” Comer (Lora) Decatur, IL, Shannon Durbin (Ron), Arcadia, KS, and Doug Merriman, Raymond, IL; two grandsons, A.J. Comer (Lexi) and Bryce Comer (Brittany); 5 great-grandchildren, Hunter, Celia, Grayson, Davina, and Mia; and an uncle who was like a brother, Howard Decker (Doris), FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Rev. Paul Rooks will conduct funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 13th, at the Grace Baptist Tabernacle.

Cremation will follow.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Sami’s Legacy and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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