Joseph Thomas Ryan II , 61 of Rapid River died Thursday morning, April 21,2005 at his home from cancer. He was born September 23,1943 in Bay City, Michigan, the son of Joseph Thomas Ryan I and Evelyn Lois (Reinke) Ryan.
He had resided in Rapid River for the past 13 years. His hobby was raising game birds for the Black Duck . He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.
Joe had been employed by Sawyer Trucking Company of Saginaw, Michigan and Blondeau Trucking Company of Gladstone.
He leaves to survive 2 daughters: Mary (Dave) Gray of Vassar, Michigan
Bobbi Jo Ryan of Albany, California
1 Son: Joseph Thomas Ryan III of Waco, Texas
2 Grandchildren: Cal and Valerie Gray
6 Sisters:Mary Jo (Tom) Sequin of Bay City, Michigan
Jean (Henry) Mulders of Munger, Michigan
Kay (Ray) Marciniak of Bay City, Michigan
Patricia (Bob) Duyck of Essexville, Michigan
Ellen (Phil) Simonds of Livonia, Michigan
Ann (John) LaMarre of Bay City, Michigan
He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant son: John Michael, son-in-law Terry Starkey and a God Son: Kenneth DeWyse.
The family will recieve friends on Monday at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River from 12 noon till 3:00 PM. Funeral services celebrating the life of Joseph Ryan will be held at 3:00 PM at church with Pastor Steve Gauger officiating. A lunch will follow in the church hall.
Tom and Mary Jane Auman wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to all of the Tom Ryan family. You will be in our prayers. May his soul rest in peace.
Joseph Thomas Ryan
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God bless you and keep you in his loving hands, and strengthen your faith during this time.
Royce and Annife Wegener and Family
Sorry to here about the loss of Joseph. Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. From your former Pine Road neighbors – Pearl Reichle, Dick & Judy Gies, Paul & Laurie Gies
To Joe’s Family,
I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your lose. Joe was a great guy. He had a big heart. He always spoke fondly of his family. He really loved you all.
I have known Joe for a few years.I met him through the birds. He really enjoyed raising them. We got along well we were bird people. I just wish I would have spent more time with him.
He was a kind and generous man. I know he is in a better place now and is not hurting or ill anymore.
I am glad to have known him. May god bless you all.
Rapid River, MI