Wayne Eugene Ryan, 74, Schell City, died May 5, 2004, at his home. He was born on May 3, 1930, in St. Francis, Kan., the son of John Roscoe and Florence LaDell (Cole) Ryan. He married Yvonne Roseline Slack on June 6, 1958, in Loup City, Neb., and she preceded him in death.
He was a blacksmith, auctioneer and ropemaker.
He is survived by two sons, Larry Nolte, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; and Arthur Ryan, Joplin; four daughters, Yvonne LaDell Heryford, Stockton, Lavetta Rose Ryan, Nebraska, Llanona Rae Norval, Schell City, and Lahoma Marie Sardeson, Holden, Mo.; one brother, Walter Ryan, Linn, Mo.; two sisters, Joan Ryan, St. Elizabeth, Mo., and Mary Spoor, Kansas City, Mo.; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 8, at the Schell City Christian Church, with the Rev. Marvin Jamison officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Schell City. Pallbearers will be James Heryford, Dustin Heryford, Ryan Heryford, Mark Ryan, Shane Sardeson, Shawn Sardeson, Kyle Snyder and Adam Ryan. Honorary pallbearers will be Debbie Norval, Jessica Norval, Brandi Norval, Amanda Snyder, Melissa Ryan, Joshua Ryan and Esther Ryan.
Memorials are suggested to the Vernon County First Responders or Cancer Action. Arrangements under the direction of Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home.