Crawford Bryant, 78, dairy farmer, outdoorsman

SALISBURY, Conn.—Crawford Robert Bryant, 78 of Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancram, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Noble Horizons.

He was born March 17, 1932 in Ancramdale, a son of the late Harold R. and Bertha M. (Waldorf) Bryant.

Affectionately known as Gus to his family and many friends, he was a lifelong area resident.

A proud dairy farmer, Mr. Bryant was the owner and operator of the Smokey Hollow Farm in Ancram, where he took great pride in his family, farming, his animals and land.

He also had a great interest in raising harness horses, which he raced throughout the Northeast. Mr. Bryant was a longtime member of the Empire Driving Club and a member of the former Cat, Coon and Fox Club. He was an avid bowler and outdoorsman. He particularly enjoyed hunting.

Mr. Bryant was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram and in his younger years was affiliated with the Luther League at the church.

On February 22, 1964 in Livingston, he married Carol Ann Jenks Bryant, who survives him at home in Ancram. Also surviving are his three daughters and their spouses, Lori and Aiden Keilty, Amy and Gerald Boice and Kimberly and Jim Cooper, all of Ancram. Additionally, he leaves his grandchildren, Katie Lorraine Keilty, Casey Mariah Keilty, Crawford John Boice, Leslie Elizabeth Boice, Sydney Yvonne Cooper and Dawson James Cooper, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Harold Martin Bryant, Lee R. Bryant, Joyce Roche and the Reverend Sherwood Bryant.

Calling hours are Tuesday November 9, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Peck and Peck Funeral Home, South Main Street, Pine Plains.

His funeral service will be Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ancram, where the Reverend Mark Frickey will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ancram 12502.

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