George T. Ryan, 84, Leavenworth, Kansas, passed away Jan. 10, 2021, at his home under hospice services. We know he is happy to be with mom again, that he is at rest and at peace, but our sadness remains. We now have two guardian angles watching over us.
Dad was born April 24, 1936, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the oldest of three children to Theodore and Josephine (LaMay) Ryan. He attended school until the 8th grade, and later obtained his GED. That was a very proud day for him. Dad served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1957 to 1963, with an honorable discharge. He married Nellie Everett in 1956 and they have four children: Linda, Carol, George Jr. and Diane. They later divorced. He then married Mary A. (Vargas) Warner, and her children Julie, Jennifer and Stephen, on Aug. 2, 1969. They were married until mom passed away Oct. 2, 2015.
He was a member of the Eagles and a past member of Happy Hallow Lake, where we as a family spent many wonderful times. He and mom loved sitting on the porch with coffee, just watching the traffic and the neighborhood. Dad also loved sitting in his garage, drinking his beer. He never met a stranger, which we had to discourage as he got older. Sadly, the world was not the same as what he remembered it to be.
Dad’s life work was in manufacturing at Gould National Battery, making batteries. He started there in October 1958 and retired (for the first time), when the plant closed in 2000. He could not take just sitting around doing nothing, so he started a maintenance/janitorial service for the Leavenworth school district in December 2000 and retired (for the second time) in 2005. Both he and mom realized he still was not ready to just sit home or go out to eat, so in 2006, he went to work for Walmart doing overnight maintenance/janitorial. He was employed there until 2016. For the last few years, dad was burdened with dementia but still loved sitting on the porch and enjoyed visitors, welcoming them with a smile and, “Hey! What’s going on!” Some he knew right off; some it took him a minute to remember. But he was always happy and grateful for the visits.
George was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; mom (Mary); and two daughters, Linda and Diane.
He is survived by three daughters, Julie (Robert) West, Leavenworth, Jennifer Warner, Ohio, and Carol Werbe and family, Kansas; two sons, Steve (Susan) Warner, Arkansas, and George (Kim) Ryan, Missouri. Dad is also survived by a brother, John (Mary) Ryan; and a sister, Mary (Joseph) Ward, all of Leavenworth. His nine grandchildren survive him: Josh, Nicole (Jon), Lea, Sarah (Jason), Angela (AJ), Daniel, Kristopher, Meghan (Byron), and Nickie. He also has 15 great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Caitlyn, Rilya, Avery, Sophia, Peyton, Camden, Cora, Ethan, Alle, Andrew, Harmony, Lillian, Alden and Finley. Numerous nieces and nephews will also mourn his passing.
A heartfelt thank you to Jim, Kathy and Carl for looking out for both mom and dad over the years. From clearing sidewalks to just waving or stopping by to say hi and trimming the front grass when dad could no longer do it. It was much appreciated. Also, a very special thank you to Crittendon Home Care for the outstanding care dad was given that allowed him to remain in his home, as he wished. You went above and beyond and it was so appreciated. Thank you also to Encompass Hospice services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crittendon Home Care, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Posted online on January 14, 2021