John A. “Jack” Bryce, 93, of Bryan passed Monday night at Hillside Country Living in rural Bryan. He was born on January 16, 1922 in Onaway, Michigan to Frank A. and Else D. (Winkelman) Bryce. Jack graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1939. He then received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Michigan State University in 1948. He proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Force with the 8th Air Force as a bombardar with the 100th Bomb Group during World War II. Jack married Arleta “Lee” S. Kolbe and she preceded him in death in May of 2013.
In 1950 Jack became the co-owner and editor of the Leader Enterprise with his brother William. At that time they also purchased the Edon Commercial, the Edgerton Earth, and the Tri-State Shopping News, now known as the County Line.
Jack is survived by two sons, Geoffrey (Sharon) Bryce of LaGrange Park, Illinois and Joel (Nancy) Bryce of Bryan; three step-daughters, Pamela (Mike) Rader of Traverse City, Michigan, Vicki (Jon) Hake of Edon, Ohio and Toni (Kevin) McCourt of Montpelier; one sister-in-law Jeanette Miller of Montpelier, twelve grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lee, and a brother William in 1968.
Visitation for Jack will be on Thursday, May 14 from 2-4 pm at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. Services will be on Thursday at 4pm with military rites provided by the Montpelier Veterans. A private interment will be on Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Grand Ledge, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Hillside Country Living Activity Fund. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.thethompsonfuneralhome.com.
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