Lt. Col. Arnold M. Bryant, 86, of Brunswick died June 20, 2010. Arnold was born at 19 Alba St. in the Deering section of Portland on Nov. 2, 1923, son of the late Harold and Ruth Sparks Bryant. He previously resided in Hooksett, N.H., and Portland, Thomaston, Rockland and Union.

He attended Portland schools and was a graduate of Deering High School, class of 1941. In November 1942, Arnold enlisted in the U.S. Army and completed 29 combat missions as a lead navigator, flying into France and Germany with the 8th Air Force, 34th Bomb Group (B-17 Heavy) stationed in Mendelsham, England.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters and the ETO Ribbon with Four Battle Stars and the 34th Bomb Group Citation. In October 1945 he separated from the service as a first lieutenant, and retired as lieutenant colonel in 1983 with 23 years of honorable service in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

After his military service he entered the office supply field at Loring, Short & Harmon in Portland and Huston Tuttle in Rockland, and was part owner with Jack “John” Russo for seven years.

As a sales representative with National Blank Book Co. (a division of Dennison Manufacturing Co.) for 19 years in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, he retired in 1985 and then worked at Office Dimension in Manchester for seven years.

His hobbies included golf, cribbage, woodworking projects and spending time at his camp on Alford Lake in Hope. He especially loved the various felines in his life, most notably Buffy, Jingles, Milo and Casey, all big yellow and white fellows.

He was the town clerk for Thomaston from 1951 to 1954, past commander of the American Legion Post-Thomaston, member of the Knox County 40 & 8, a former director of the Rockland Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Rockland Rotary Club and the Manchester New Hampshire Rotary Club. He was a member of the Plausawa Country Club of Pembroke, N.H., and the Rockland Golf Club, and a former member of the Candia Woods Golf Links of Candia, N.H. He was a life member of the 34th Bomb Group Association and the Air Force Association and Selman Field Navigation Historical Association.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lois Clark Bryant; and his son, Daniel J. Bryant.

He is survived by his children, Jean Chadwick and her husband, Dick, of Nobleboro and Rebecca Schulz and her husband, Bob, of Hooksett, N.H.; his daughter-in-law, Diane Bryant of Warren; his brother-in-law, Percy Clark and Marlene of Port Orange, Fla.; six grandchildren, Lynn Farrin and her husband, Wayne, of Jefferson, Jon Chadwick of Nobleboro, Kevin Bryant and his wife, Junco, of San Carlos, Calif., Kelly Bryant and her husband, Todd Dubnicoff, of San Francisco, Calif., Heidi Voltz of Dover, N.H., and Catherine Larochelle of Manchester, N.H.; and eight great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Arnold’s memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202; the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741; or the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556.

Services are with the Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro.