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     Ray Ryan, age 102, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2009 at Joplin HealthCare Center following a short illness.


     Ray was born August 31, 1907, near Schaberg, Arkansas, to Charles and Fannie Mae (Moore) Ryan.  At age ten, Ray and his family traveled by covered wagon to Barton County where he grew up and spent the rest of his life. 


     On July 2, 1932, at Bentonville, Arkansas, Ray married Ellen Cable and they farmed near Irwin for many years.  In addition to farming, Ray had worked at Lawn Boy, O’Sullivan Industries, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.  After retiring from farming, Ray and Ellen enjoyed a summer working in Yellow Stone National Park. Ray taught Sunday School classes at Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church and will be remembered as a self-educated scholar and an avid reader.  He was a current member of Lamar United Methodist Church.


     Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, December 25, 1998; five brothers; and three sisters.


     Survivors include four sons and their wives, Richard & Betty Ryan, James & Shelly Ryan, all of Lamar, Bill & Helen Ryan, Athens, West Virginia, and Irvin & Joyce Ryan, Independence, Missouri; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen & Mike Wolfe, Joplin; two brothers, Devoy Ryan, Houston, Texas and Jack Ryan, Jefferson City, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.


     A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 5th at Lake Cemetery with Rev. Don Keithly officiating.


     Contributions are suggested to Hopewell Presbyterian Church in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


     The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home.









#6 Lamar Mo USAAlan F Washburn 2010-01-10 20:18
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. We are so sorry for
your loss.
#5 Fort Walton Beach, FLChristine Horrocks 2009-12-07 21:20
Grandpa Ryan is my great-grandpa and I will never forget all the times I had with him. He had such appreciation for life and is my inspiration everyday to live life to the fullest. I miss him everyday and think about him often. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. We all could use prayer in this time of his passing.
Love always,
#4 Lamar,MOStephanie Wright 2009-12-03 20:57
So sorry to hear of your loss. Ray had always amazed me with his strong will and determiniation. I always enjoyed visiting with him. He was such a good man. He will be missed. Thinking of you all, Stephanie Wright and family
#3 Grapevine TexasDana Cable 2009-12-02 14:28
Uncle Ray has always had the kindest smile and a quiet way that put a person at ease immediately. God has a new angel in Heaven.
Love, Dana
#2 Joplin, MoStephanie Baker 2009-12-02 08:35
Ryan Family:

My thoughts & prayers go out to you in this time of such loss. May God grant you peace in knowing that your loved one is with Him.
#1 Raymore, Mo.Doris Barker 2009-12-02 07:58
I'm thinking of all of you this morning. Your Dad was very special to all of us. I'm sorry I can't be there Sat.
Please accept my deepest Sympathy and love.
Doris Barker

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