Obituary of Jimmy Ryan
Oolitic – Jimmy Dean “Jim” Ryan, 84, went home to his heavenly father at 10:45 am on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Jim was born April 6, 1934, in Oolitic to William and Delia (Silvers) Ryan. He married Ann Price on February 26, 1955 in Bloomington and she survives. Jim graduated from Oolitic High School and was a self-employed farmer, barber, construction worker, construction manager, agent and full-time husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Everyone that met Jim knew he was a man of honor, kept his word and grew to love him and seek his advice, humor, and company. During his lifetime, Jim constructed many homes in the Oolitic Manor that are still used to this day. He built and managed, along with his wife, Ann, sons, Kenny and Matt, the Manor View Apartments with 100 units that are still in operation. In the early years of the Oolitic Volunteer Fire Department, Jim was a volunteer and would regale family, friends and other volunteer firefighters of his adventures with questionable equipment and responding. His stories always bore the humor and wit that was Jim Ryan. Jim was a member of the Patriot Lodge #750 F & AM in Oolitic and Kiwanis. Jim loved life and his kids, grandkids and great grandchildren and they lovingly referred to him as “Poppy, Papaw, and Grandpa”.
Jim is survived by four children, Terri Brown and husband, David, Kenny Ryan and wife, Debbie, all of Oolitic, Deitra “Dee” Beyrer and husband, Andy, of Fishers, and Matt Ryan and wife, Joni Sue, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Ky Porter, Mandy Baker, Nicholas Wininger, Ali Beyrer, Evan Beyrer; seven great grandchildren, Mya, Gabe, Garrett, Isaac, Chloe, Hadley, and Holden; many nieces and nephews; a brother, Chester Ryan. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, three brothers, and a daughter, Jamie (in infancy).
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 8th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Richard Tallman and Rev. Taylor Quinley officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7th at the Day & Carter Mortuary where masonic services will be conducted at 7:30 pm. Pallbearers are: Nicholas Wininger, Mandy Baker, Ali Beyrer, Evan Beyrer, Garrett Baker, and Chris Baker. Honorary pallbearers are: Isaac Groover, Chloe Baker, and Hadley Wininger. Family and friend may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.