SPRINGFIELD – James Patrick Pat Ryan, 72, of Springfield passed away Tuesday, May 4, at St. John’s Hospice after a 5-month battle with lung cancer.
He was born October 8th, 1937, the son of Robert and Jessie (Haycraft) Ryan in Jacksonville, Illinois, and later moved to Springfield. He married Nancy A. Madonia of Springfield on October 3, 1959.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy; daughters, Kathy (husband, Jerry) Fitch of East Peoria, Illinois and Karen (husband, Kevin) Bryant of Springfield; son, Kevin of Springfield; brother, Joseph Michael Ryan of Springfield; aunt, Ruby Ryan of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parent; his sister, Norma; and brother, Tom.
Pat graduated from Cathedral Boys High School in 1955. He worked for Fiat Allis and later Ford Printing for 36 years. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church.
Pat had many special interests. He loved fishing, hunting, watching wrestling and game shows, and playing pinochle with his wife and parents. He was also an avid fan of both the Dodger and Cub baseball teams.
Pat loved playing practical jokes on people and coined many Pat-isms, such as how do you rate me? and Money doesn’t grow on trees! If asked, How do you feel? his reply was always a jokingly reply of, with my fingers.
He loved listening to Elvis Presley. He could always be counted on to sing Fever and Don’t Be Cruel rivaling Elvis. He also loved singing that he was, Bad to the Bone.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Church in Springfield, with a funeral Mass at 1 p.m. with Monsignor Thomas Holinga officiating. Interment in Calvary Cemetery.
Donations may be made to St. John’s Hospice or St. Joseph’s School of Springfield.
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