LaVerne (Bernie) Ryan passed away in his daughter’s home on January 20. He had celebrated his 90th birthday in June with his dearly loved friends and family.
Bernie was born in Slater, Iowa on May 31, 1923 to Cora and Knuty Ryan. He graduated from Kelley High School and was immediately drafted into the army during WWII. He was sent to Pearl Harbor a week after the attack for clean up duty and also as a member of the Signal Corps.
He was on furlough in December 1944 when he married the love of his life, Patty McMahon. After his discharge, Bernie went to Iowa State where he graduated in Dairy science. He decided, however, that he needed to do what he loved best. So, he flew and repaired airplanes for several years. While still flying, he began working for the Iowa Highway Patrol. Later, he became one of the first Greyhound bus drivers, where he worked until he and Patty retired to Tucson, Arizona.
Bernie was loved by everyone who knew him. His family and friends will miss him terribly, but we will all remember and pay tribute to the incredible man that he was.
Bernie is survived by his loving family: his wife of sixty-nine years, Patty; his daughter, Becky Hauser; two granddaughters, Heidi Hauser and Dana Hauser; and his “angel” great-granddaughter, Avery, and his sisters-in-law Phyllis (Sissy) Bender and Beverly McMahon, as well as several special nieces and nephews.
The Celebration of Life was held at First Christian Church in Windsor, CO, on Monday, January 27.
Memorials may be made to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or The Wild Animal Sanctuary of Keenesburg, CO in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631. Friends may view the online obituary and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.