A mass of Christian burial was held Friday, December 27, 2013 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Harvey for William “Bill” Ryan, 88, Harvey, who died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at St. Aloisius Hospital in Harvey.
Burial was in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan.
Bill was born October 23, 1925 on the family farm near Crary, a son of William & Anna (Polis) Ryan. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural school, and in 1942 he graduated from Devils Lake High School. He joined the Navy in 1944, and he served, as a quartermaster, on the USS Graffias in the Pacific Theatre during and after World War II. He was honorably discharged on June 1, 1946. He then returned to Devils Lake and resumed farming. He also worked for Lake Electric, Nodak Rural Electric Cooperative, and for Otter Tail Power Company as an apprentice lineman, and as a division foreman in Rugby in 1951. He married Stephanie Kuntz on July 7, 1953 in Devils Lake. They lived in Rugby until 1958, when he was transferred to Harvey and was the service representative for Otter Tail. He retired from Otter Tail in 1988 after 40 years of service.
He was a member of the Harvey City Council for 10 years and the mayor of Harvey for six years. He also served on the Harvey Recreation Board, Special Assessment and Board of Adjustments. He was a Boy Scout leader, and a charter member of the Harvey Jaycees. He also served as president of the Harvey Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce, president of the Harvey Ambulance Service. He was a registered EMT, and was a member of the volunteer fire department for over 25 years. He served on the executive board of the South Central Regional Planning Commission, Economic Development Board and the St. Alosius Medical Center Board of Directors.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; children, Bill Jr., Austin, Minn.; daughter Karen Johnson, Eden Prairie, Minn.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Bloomquist, Devils Lake; Jeannie Moore, Billings, Mont.; Beverly Hoveland, Fargo, ND; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Kitty Hayes and Etta Hatten; and by his parents.
Arrangements by Hertz Funeral Home of Harvey.
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