John M. Ryan

WYOMING – John Michael Ryan, 81, passed away on Feb. 7, 2019 at is home in Mansfield, Mo. He was born on March 8, 1937 in Kewanee, Ill., to Harry and Drusilla Ryan.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lona, of 24 years; three sons – Jerry Ryan of Springfield, Mo., Timothy Ryan of New York City, Dennis (and Lisa) of Grandview, Mo.; three daughters – Kathy (and Phil) LaBarbera of Sun City, Ariz., Christine (and Chapin) Marsh of Phoenix, Ariz., Patricia Bennett of Ogdon, Utah; three step-children, Clinton Madden (and Vickie) of Rawlins, Wyo., and Michael Madden (and Rhonda) of Rawlins, Wyo., Marjean (and John) Taake of Marshfield, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, who are Shawn, Aaron and Devin Ryan, Nathan and Hannah LaBarbera, Bryan and Scott Bennett, Zach, Chris, and Cally Marsh, and Katie and Max Ryan; eight step-grandchildren, who are Cody and Austin Madden, Ashley, Hayley and M.J. Madden, Taylor and Miranda Taake, and Sarah Conniff; also, one brother, Kenneth (and Mary) Ryan of Wyanet, Ill., and three sisters – Shirley Foglesonger and Marcella Fritch, both of Wyoming, Ill., and Jane Childers of Marion, Ill., other many extended family members and loving friends.

John’s parents and siblings Ron, Rosie, and Jim preceded him in death.
After high school, John enlisted in the United States Air Force and served most of it in Alaska. After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, John became a truck driver for different companies and then for UPS Company. He finally decided to go on his own and bought his own semi truck. During his travels throughout the states he came across Missouri and fell in love with the country. He sold his truck and moved to the Mansfield area and raised livestock. He loved the country life and working with the animals. John never met a stranger and made friends easily everywhere he went. He had charm, a sense of humor and wit. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

A special thank you to the Three Rivers Hospice for their loving care and support.

The family will hold a memorial service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Ann Short Turner Community Center in Mansfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested Memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the Ann Short Turner Community Center, P.O. Box 38, Mansfield, MO 65704.

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