Ric “The Turtle” Ryan’s love of blogging (www.rictheturtleryan.blogspot.com), photography, traveling, skydiving, and entrepreneurial adventures didn’t come to an end with his death. Richard passed away on September 5, 2021, at the age of 74, surrounded by loved ones. His children and grandchildren shared many of the same passions that he did, and they will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.
Richard was born and raised in Logansport, Indiana. Shortly after high school, Richard joined the Army. While enlisted, he proudly fought for our freedom during the Vietnam War and was part of the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” during his fourteen years of service.
The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Richard. The greatest of these was spending time with those that called him Papaw. He also enjoyed watching the news with his wife, gardening, caring for his koi fish, learning new things on YouTube, and crafting with his collection of gourds and recycled goods.
He was a member of the Wheatland Christian Church. His favorite sayings were “Know Jesus…know peace. No Jesus…no peace.” and “This too shall pass”. His favorite verse was Proverbs 3:5-6.
Richard is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anita, and his daughters, Dawn (Tom) Angermeier, Christina Ryan, and Angelica (Steven) DeGrasse. Other surviving family members include his grandchildren, Daniel Ryan, Xavier Burns, Glenn Capozella, Lance Capozella, Jacob Capozella, Isaiah (Isabella) DeGrasse, and Mackenzie DeGrasse; his great-grandchildren Nicole Ryan, Emma Ryan, Ayzlei Burns, Liam Connizzo, and Lily Connizzo; his niece Andrea Ryan and her children.
He was preceded in death by his parents Asa and Edna Ryan; a daughter, Glenda Capozella; and a brother, David Ryan.
There will be a graveside service at 1 P.M. Saturday September 11, 2021 at the Mt. Zion Cemetery officiated by Pastor Brent Cramer. After the service, family and friends are invited to join us at Gregg park for a time of food and fellowship to share stories and sweet memories of Richard.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.helpinghishands.com. This local charity encourages others to “Go be Jesus to someone today” #GBJ. Richard once had t-shirts made that said “Want a blessing? Be a blessing.” He was a generous man and was always looking for opportunities to bless the lives of others. He was truly a blessing to all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed.
Online condolences may be left at www.fredrickandson.com. The staff at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes has been honored to assist with Mr. Ryan’s arrangements.
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