Obituaries detail

John William Bryan Jr.
Larger than life: there is perhaps no better way to describe John William Bryan, Jr, 52, of Louisburg, Kansas. John died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri, following a massive stroke.
John was born August 1, 1964 in Quincy, Illinois. He graduated in 1982 from Shawnee Mission South High School and earned a B A degree in economics in 1989 from The University of Missouri-Columbia. He married Alice Govert on March 17, 1997 in Ocho Rios, Jamacia.
As an avid home brewer and craft beer lover, John was so excited when Boulevard Brewing Company opened that he took a job as a truck driver and part-time salesman with the brewery to get his foot in the door. His enthusiasm, dedication and strong work ethic earned him success with the company. He eventually rose to direct the Artisanal Division and was a driving creative force in launching the brand’s popular Smokestack Series. After 17 years with Boulevard, John took a job with Firestone Walker Brewing Company of Paso Robles, California and was the company’s Central Territory Sales Director. 
Both roles meant extensive travel to beer festivals and other events around the country and John made friends everywhere he went. Those friends remember him for his passion for beer, hearty laugh, and wry sense of humor, but most of all for his overwhelming generosity. John had an amazing lust for life and shared it with all he met. He enjoyed grilling, throwing darts, and cruising around in his ’67 Cadillac convertible, and he always had a crew of friends along for the ride.
Being such a sociable man, it’s understandable that he would meet the love of his life at a party—that is indeed where John first met Alice Govert on St. Patrick’s Day 28 years ago. The couple married on the same day, eight years later. Together they raised daughter, Audrey Lee “Drew” Bryan and son, John "Jack" William Bryan III, who were John’s greatest sources of pride and joy.
In addition to his wife and children, John is survived by his mother, Sondra Gilmore, and her husband, Jim, of Louisburg, Kansas; his father, John William Bryan, and his wife, Linda, of Satellite Beach, Florida; his sister, Shannon Bryan, also of Louisburg; and step-sisters, Angie Witt, and her husband, Gary of Kansas City and Shelley LaRose Arken, her husband, Larry and their children Dylan and Jacqueline of Greenlawn, New York. 
A private memorial service for John’s family will be held April 22. A celebration of John's life is planned at Boulevard Brewing Company on May 13 for all who loved him. The Cremation Society of Kansas and Missouri is handling arrangements—
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the Bryan Children College fund; c/o Alice Govert Bryan, P.O Box 173, Louisburg, Kansas 66053


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Celebration of Life
Boulevard Brewing Company
Kansas City
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Date of Service:
May 13 ,2017
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02:00 pm
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Ellen Mendonca Apr 15 ,2017

Friend ,Rockaway Park ,New York

Dear Alice and Family, You are all in my prayers and thoughts. A loss this great can burst your heart. Know that John will be missed by all who knew him. Know that your friends are here to hold you in your grief. God bless all of you. Very sincerely, Ellen

Martin Geraghty Apr 15 ,2017

Friend/Colleague ,Sonoma ,California

RIP John and our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Martin & Rusti

Phil Eiberger Apr 16 ,2017

Good friend ,Weston ,Missouri

I will miss you my friend!

Allison Wood Apr 16 ,2017

Friend ,Chapel Hill ,North Carolina

Alice - I went to high school with John but had not stayed in touch with him over the years. What an amazing guy he was, I am so sorry I didn't get to know him better. It's wonderful that he found a passion for his work and work that fed his passion - everyone should be so fortunate (although it sounds like he made it happen for himself!). Please know that many friends are thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time, and wishing you peace and healing through your love for each other and your many wonderful memories of John.

Robert Hodson Apr 17 ,2017

Frened/Colleague ,Bloomfield ,New Jersey

John was the nicest, and most genuine person you'd ever want to meet. He graciously provided me and a friend with a tour of Kansa City driving around in his '67 Cadillac, and I can't imagine there would have been a better way to do that. My deepest sympathies to his entire family. Rest in Peace John.

Steve Almaraz Apr 18 ,2017

Brother in Beer ,Ventura ,California

To the Bryan family, Our deepest condolences on John's unexpected passing. The world lost Fancy pants and some soul this last week. I worked with John at Firestone Walker and enjoyed our time together. We had always admired is role and accomplishments at Boulevard and when we had a chance to bring him to the FW team he was a great choice. John helped build what we called the "Export division" -basically all the beer distributed outside of the west. He was a pioneer for FW and spread the gospel of the brewery. John had his way of doing things but always seemed to have a reason and direction for them. I will miss seeing John at brewery events and will miss our talks over a beer or two. Also, riding in the Cadi with the top down, or picking up a Rockmont shirt in Denver. John was one of kind and will never be forgotten, thank you Bryan family for supporting him and wish you all the best in the future. Sincerely, Steve, Toni, and Almaraz Family

Myles Hyken Apr 19 ,2017

Friend ,Telluride ,Colorado

I am so sad to hear of John's passing. We were friends in high school and for a few years thereafter. I have precious memories of our friendship. John was always the leader in our "not so usual" adventures. Everyone loved him. Birthday week was especially great as John, Todd, and I were all born in the same week. We lost touch over the years but encountered each other again when I started a brief tenure with Boulevard Brewing. Unfortunately, my first day there was his last day. Anyone who appreciates the Smokestack line owes John a debt of gratitude. May your eternal sleep come in small batches of the best quality. My heart goes out to your family.