James Robert Ryan Sr. passed away Saturday morning at his home with his family at his side. He was born in Butte April 11, 1936 and attended local schools. He and Donna Lee Henderson were married in Lowell Avenue Methodist Church on Aug. 30, 1958, and she preceded him in death on April 19, 2011. Mr. Ryan served his country in the U.S. Air Force and returned to Butte where he joined the Sheet Metal Workers Union #103 on June 16, 1962, and spent his entire career working with sheet metal.
He enjoyed singing and playing his ukulele. He participated in Old Ozzie Softball, was an avid fan at his children’s and grandchildren sporting events, loved camping with his grandkids and enjoyed going to gun shows and also trading guns. He was also a life member of Silver Bow Athletic Club. He and Donna enjoyed many trips to Jackpot, Nev.
Besides his wife, Donna, of over 53 years, Jim is preceded in death by his brother, Milton Berg, his parents Jake and Myrle (Richards) Hilderman and Donna’s parents, Thomas and Lillian Henderson.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Jim Jr. and Pam Ryan, daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Alan Granberg, son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Machelle Ryan all of Butte, grandchildren: Eric and Jennifer Ryan, Stefanie and Bill Dickinson, Jim Ryan III and Jasmine Lamping, Tarayn Ryan, Amanda Ryan, Tony and Kelli Granberg and Eric and Laura Granberg. Great grandchildren include: Michaela Ryan, Jacob Ryan, Morgan Dickinson, Taylor Dickinson, Shayna Lamping, Shaunee Lamping, Spencer Granberg, Danielle Granberg, Andrew Granberg and Sydney Ryan.
Also surviving are his sisters and brothers-in-law, Dolly and Cliff Klemo and their family, Eileen and Jim Giacamino and their family and his special dear friends, Billie Lou Matule, Geri and Leroy Gerry, Joe Miles, Gregory Moody and V. J. Greenwood.
Memorial services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home with Pastor Adam Barnhart officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Highlands Hospice.