James Othell Ryan, 85, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at his home in Quinlan, Texas. James was born on August 18, 1928 to Jim and Livia Ryan in Quinlan, Texas. James would work for 35 years at Verson Steel as a crane operator in their plant in Balch Springs, Texas.
James was a quiet man of faith who loved his family and his Lord. He enjoyed the time he spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. His was a quiet dignity; infectious smile and loving heart that will truly be missed by all who knew him.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Livia Ryan; wife Ruth Smith; son David Ryan; daughter, Sheila Morales; sisters, Vera Butler, Ima Mitchell, Veleria Parker, Gladys Pierce, Jo Nell Yarbrough.
Those left to celebrate his life include his wife, Mavis Ryan; son Dale Simmons; daughters Charlotte Robinson, Brenda Arnold and her husband Roger; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; as well numerous nieces and nephews, extended family , friends and neighbors.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A gathering of family and friends will be held on the same day from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.