John Ray Ryan, 63, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his residence. John was born on Sept. 21, 1950, at Coldwater, the son of John and Marie (Goyen) Ryan.

John graduated from the Fairfield High School in Langdon in 1968. John enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1969. He served during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged in 1979 as a sergeant. In 1979 John began working for Continental Telephone Company and he advanced in his telecommunication career until 2008.

John married Robin on June 19, 1999 in Branson, Mo. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include children, Traci Burrow and husband Rusty of Forsyth, Mo., Troy Ryan and wife Enza of St. Louis, Mo., Corey Ryan of Round Lake, Ill., Kathleen Lancaster and husband John of Bella Vista, Ark., and Misty Arnold of Hutchinson; 11 grandchildren; sister, Pat Story and husband Ralph of Hutchinson; and Aunt Jean and Uncle George Woods of Gravois Mills, Mo.

John is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Judy Voss.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research, 920 Main St., Ste. 280, Kansas City, MO 64105. Cremation is under the direction of Forsyth Whelchel Funeral Chapel. Services will be private.