Ruth Ryan, 87

Ruth H. Ryan, 87, a resident of Churubusco and widow of George F. Ryan, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City, where she had been admitted earlier in the day after becoming ill at her home.Mrs. Ryan was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Charles and Martha (Busche) Fry. She spent her formative years in Woodburn and graduated from Woodburn High School in 1944.On Jan. 25, 1946, she was married in Woodburn to George F. Ryan. The couple lived in Fort Wayne for several years, and had lived in Smith Township since 1978.She had been employed as a cafeteria cook at Concordia High School, and retired from the cafeteria at Suburban Bethlehem Elementary School. She was a dedicated lifelong Lutheran, and enjoyed the church’s women’s activities. In her leisure time she enjoyed a variety of games and also square dancing with the former Boots ‘n Bonnets square dancing club. Most especially, she loved and cherished her family.Mr. Ryan preceded her in death April 7, 1991.The surviving relatives include her daughters, Janet Parker and Patricia (Gary) Powell, both of Churubusco; her son, Steve (Shelly) Ryan of LaGrange; a son-in-law, Kevin Parker of Albion; nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lester Fry; a sister, Alice Dix; an infant son; and an infant brother.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco, with Pastor Lane Burgland, officiating. The family will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne.For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Camp Lutherhaven.To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Ryan’s memory, log on to or on Facebook.