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Duane D. “Sonny” Bryant, age 92, of Clearwater passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

He was born on September 10,1930 in Maple Lake the son of Harold & Luella (Thurk) Bryant.

He was baptized in October of 1930. He marks the end of an era as being the last surviving person who was baptized in the Corrina church building. Duane was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on December 31, 1944.

On September 27, 1958, Duane D. Bryant and Annette L. Shogren were joined in holy marriage at The Methodist Church in Excelsior, Minnesota. God blessed their marriage with seven children. Annette preceded her husband in death on January 15, 2016.

Sonny and Annette farmed together in Maple Lake until 1998 when they sold their farm and moved to Clearwater.

He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale and was their longest standing member. Sonny served his church as an elder, trustee, and choir member.

He enjoyed fishing, music, playing cards, and making people smile. He very much was a people person!

Family was very important to Sonny. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and he bragged about each one.

He is survived by his loving children: Gary (Sandy) Bryant of Zumbrota, Gayle Balster of Minot, North Dakota, Brenda (Marvin) Anderson of Big Lake, Michael (Lynn) Bryant of St. Cloud, Geoffrey (Amy) Bryant of Maple Lake, Randy (Kari) Bryant of Monticello and Roxanne (Gregg) Thompson of Farmington; twenty-one grandchildren: Matt Bryant, Ben Bryant, Jeremy Bryant, Suzanna Bryant, Nikki Bryant, Brianna Balster, Sarah Anderson, Bryan Anderson, Brandon Anderson, Casey Bryant, Haley Bryant, Elijah Bryant, Stephenie (Michael) Gallant, Amber Bryant, Hayden (Brittany) Bryant, Emalee Bryant, Alainna (Dan) Gapinski), Natasha Bryant, Christopher Klatt, Brooke (James) Geibe, and Nicholas Thompson; six great grandchildren: Parker Gallant, Harrison Gallant, Aspen Bryant, Casen Gapinski, Callie Gapinski, and Carter Geibe; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Gilman Bryant, and by a sister Arlene Bryant.

Funeral services for Duane “Sonny” Bryant will be held on Tuesday, November 29th at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale. Pastor Tyler R. LaGrave will officiate.

Inurnment is at a later date at Corinna Cemetery in rural Annandale.

A visitation will be held on Monday, November 28th from 4-8 P.M. AT THE CHURCH. Prayer service at 7:00 P.M. Further visitation at the church Tuesday morning, November 29th one hour prior to service.

Casket Bearers will be his seven grandsons: Matthew Bryant, Ben Bryant, Jeremy Bryant, Hayden Bryant, Elijah Bryant, Bryan Anderson, and Brandon Anderson.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Darrel & Joann Thurk

    Our sympathy for all of the Bryant families.

  2. Craig & Lana Sander

    Our deepest Sympathies for Sonny’s family.

  3. Lorie & Tim Hegle

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to the family.

  4. Eileen G Provo

    My sympathy to the family! We will miss Jim! I just found out about his passing! A tree will be planted in honor of sunny


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