James L. Ryan, 69, of Toledo, passed away at 9:04 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jewett Community Church. Burial will be in Tippett Cemetery, rural Toledo. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Barkley Funeral Chapel, Toledo, is assisting the family. Memorials in his name may be made to Jewett Community Church. Online condolences can be expressed at www.barkleyfuneralchapels.com.
Jim was born Oct. 27, 1943, in Joliet. His parents are Owen D. and Sarah Aleen (Coleman) Ryan. He married Kaye Parrett on June 3, 1966.
Jim worked at Borg-Warner in Decatur and retired from Mitsubishi in Bloomington. Jim served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was very involved in his community; he was a member and past president of the Toledo Kiwanis, the Illinois unit of the Wally Byam Airstream Caravan Club, member of the Greenup Historical Society, The Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge in Findlay. Jim was a master gardener and always found time to volunteer at Lincoln Log Cabin and many local fund raising events like Jeepin For A Cure. Jim loved his family, jeeping, camping and cooking. He will be missed by many who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife; son, Jeff (wife, Kristi) Ryan of Lerna; birth sister, Darlene (husband, Mel) Goodman of Land O Lakes, Fla.; grandchildren, Rachel (husband, Matt) Shepard, Joey Haas and Kourtney Haas (fiance, Josh Rich); great-grandchildren, Kaelynn Powers and Cameron Brown; also surviving are two special nieces, Cyndi (husband, Mark) Walker of Maroa and Gynni (husband, Dave) Burnett of Land O Lakes Fla.; and a special dog, Pokie. Jim had a special relationship with the Intensive English Language Classes at Lake Land College.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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