Dieter Bryson


February 6, 1940 – July 2, 2024 

Dieter K. Bryson, age 84, of Medora, IL passed away peacefully on  Tuesday, July 2, 2024 in the care of Garden View Care Center in  O’Fallon, MO.  

Dieter was born and named on February 6, 1940 as Klaus Dieter  Engels in Duisburg, Germany to Mother: Ingeborg Sophie Berta  (Barbian) Engels and Father: Peter Andress Engels. He and his  mother traveled to the United States of America and Dieter received  his Certificate of Citizenship in December 1951, where his mother  re-married to Cordell G. Bryson and took the name Rose Bryson. In  1958, Dieter petitioned the courts to officially change his name to  Dieter K. Bryson. 

Dieter attended Normandy High School in 1958 and went to work  which became his lifelong career as a truck driver at a local transit  company called Reid Bros Trucking from 1959 to 1983, and then he  worked for Yellow Freight in 1983, where he retired in 1997, after 38  years as a Teamster-Local 600. He also served as a Shop Stewart to  the Union. 

Dieter served in the US Army Reserves from February 1961 to  November 1966 and was released from active duty with the rank of  SSGT, receiving an Honorable Discharge. His area of training  included: Single Engine Airplane Mechanic and received honors in  Marksman (M-1 Rifle).

Dieter was an NRA Life Member and obtained his IL State Concealed  Carry Firearm license. This contributed to his love of firearms,  which was also his hobby- everything from handguns, rifles to  muzzle loading and reloading ammo.  

Dieter volunteered from 1977 – 1982 as a St. Louis County Reserve  Police Officer, working alongside his best friend Terry Day. 

On April 1, 1983, Dieter & Rose Mary were married. This union  brought together his daughter, Deborah Bryson with Rose Mary’s  children, Barbara & Gary Phillips. In 2002, Dieter and Rose Mary  moved from their home in St. Louis, MO to their residence in  Medora, IL. Dieter and Rose Mary were members of the Medora  United Methodist Church, in Medora, IL. 

Dieter was predeceased by his three younger siblings (in a bombing  in Germany -WWII); His father Peter Andress Engels (in Germany),  his mother Rose Bryson(Barbian), his step-father Cordell O. Bryson;  his grandson Nicholas M. Hollis; and his son-in-law Matthew R.  Hollis. 

Dieter is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Rose Mary E.  Bryson(Baum); his daughter Deborah Suzanne (Bryson) married to  Patrick Joseph DeStefano, Jr of Adamsville, TN. Barbara Ann Edler  (Phillips/Hollis) married to Steven M. Edler of Wentzville, MO and  Gary J. Phillips of University City, MO. Grandchildren: Courtney  Lynn Hollis (Justin Joselow); Kyle Robert Hollis; Maria Rose (Gregory)  Bearden; Caroline Grace (Jaden) Canales. Great Grandchildren:  Theodore Russel Joseph & Elysium Rose Clarise Canales, and Great  Grandchild on the way Patricia Josephine (Patty Jo) Bearden.

In lieu of flowers, in honor of Dieter’s fondness to animals, especially kitty cats-please make a memorial contribution the local  animal shelter of your choice; or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; or to the American Diabetes Association .


A memorial gathering is scheduled for  

Friday, July 19, 2024  

From 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Memorial Park Cemetery – Chapel 

5200 Lucas & Hunt | St. Louis, MO 63121 

Afterwards, we invite you to join us for an Ice Cream Social

at: Andy’s Frozen Custard 

1850 1st Capitol Drive 

Saint Charles, MO 63301

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