Paul C. Bryan

Saturday March 28, 2021

After living a long and full life, long time Northwest Indiana resident Paul Carroll Bryan passed away on March 28, 2021.  He was 98 years old.  He was born in 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Robert and Louise Bryan. In 1944 he married the love of his life, Rosemary J. Shields.  During WWII he served in Guam, Okinawa, and Korea as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army.  Afterwards, Paul earned his engineering degree at Carnegie Tech, later Carnegie Mellon University, and began what would be a life-long career with Amoco.

He and his wife started their family of five in Lansing, then moved to Munster where they were members of the St. Thomas More parish.  Paul passed along his love of learning, observation and enjoyment of the natural world, and classical music to his children: Joan (Ken) Vatz, Jeanine (Dennis) Briefel, Roseann (Robert) Erikson, Paul (Sally Morris), and Maureen (Michael) Foos. He took his family camping, hiking, sailing, and canoeing. He was active in the effort to establish the Indiana Dunes National Park, and to preserve Big Pine Creek as a free-flowing white water river.

After his wife died in 1984, he became an ardent sailor of Lake Michigan and was an active tennis player and swimmer. He married a second time, and again suffered the loss of his wife, Rosemary T. Munroe. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, sisters Mary Lou and Suzanne, and son Paul. He leaves behind ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Maria Goretti, 500 Northgate Drive, Dyer, Indiana, 10 AM Monday, April 5. Subscribe to @SMGDyer on Youtube to attend online. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, call 219-736-5840 for more information.  All attendees are required to properly wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a nature-oriented non-profit organization of your choice, grow some native plants, take a hike in nature, or spend time to contemplate the exquisite, natural beauty of our world.


Monday April 5, 2021
10:00 AM
St. Maria Goretti Church

500 Northgate Dr. Dyer, Indiana 46311