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Mike J. Ryan

Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Mike J. Ryan, 81, of Cherokee, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2012 in the Cherokee Villa Nursing & Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Magrey de Vega will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, with military rites by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. There will be a family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. today at the Boothby Funeral Home with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.

Mike was born on May 18, 1930 to Edward P. and Ruby (Swain) Ryan at Storm Lake. He graduated from Cherokee Wilson High School in 1948. After graduation, he worked for Baumann's Bakery. On Nov. 1, 1951, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was sent to Chicago and then chose to do basic training in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks. He was then sent to Korea from 1952-1953, where he was in charge of an ammunition depot. Upon returning home from Korea, Mike went to work for B & B Distributing in Cherokee, where he had also worked before he went into military service. After building a new house, Mike was united in marriage to Carolyn "Tessie" Reed on Sept. 2, 1955 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. In 1959, Mike and Tessie moved to Florida for a year where he managed a business. At the end of 1959, they were asked to purchase B & B Distributing and he did and it became Ryan Distributing until 1979. In 1979, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked for Owens Country Sausage until 1983, when he moved to Tyler, Texas and he became the East Texas Branch Manager of Owens Country Sausage until his retirement in 1992.

Upon retiring, Mike moved to Sioux City, where he enjoyed 20 years of doing "what he wanted to do when he wanted to do it" with many, many friends. Mike was a longtime fast pitch softball sponsor and manager, managing his first team in 1949, and he managed and sponsored many players throughout his career until his last team in 1972. His first team was sponsored by D & R Restaurant in 1949, then the Pastime Lounge in 1950 and Hamm's Beer from 1954-1972. He was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion and former district softball commissioner of Northwest Iowa. He was an avid softball fan, especially at Penn Corp Park, and also traveled to many World Softball Congress World Series meeting players from all over the world. After losing his eyesight, Mike still managed to enjoy all sports by watching Mike & Mike in the morning on ESPN2 and having his daughter Aimee read him the sports page of the newspaper. Mike also enjoyed watching cowboy movies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Rene Pyle; three brothers, Jerry, Stanley and Keith "Pat" Ryan; and his mother and father -in -law, Art and Agnes Reed.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn "Tessie" Ryan of Cherokee; three daughters, Aimee Rupp and her husband Steve of Cherokee; Gigi Boothby and her husband David of Cherokee; and Ida Ryan and her partner Lisa Beeson of Tyler, Texas; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Ann (Cory) Wolterman and their children Emma and Caleb; Alecia (Adam) Rapp and their children Madison and Noah; Angela (Willis) Carver with twins on the way; Jennifer (Mike) Nixon and their children Cooper, Anna and Zoey; Michael Boothby; Matthew Boothby; Gabe Pyle; Luke Pyle; six nieces; three nephews; two cousins; many friends and former softball players.

Any cards may be sent to Tessie Ryan 1402 N. Roosevelt Apt. #4 Cherokee, Iowa 51012.