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John C Ryan

John C Ryan

John C. Ryan, age 64, of Maiden Rock, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2023, after a lengthy battle with cancer, with his family by his side.

John was born March 19, 1959, in Menomonie. He was the son of John R. and Julie (Batchelder) Ryan and grew up in Arkansaw and graduated from Arkansaw High School in 1977.  John attended U.W. River Falls for two years and then returned to the family farm.  He married Audrey “Susie” Maxwell on September 24, 1983, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand.  After marriage, in 1987, they moved to a farm in Maiden Rock, where they farmed and raised their family.

John’s passion was farming, spending time with his grandchildren and his dogs.

John is survived by his wife, Audrey, four children, Kayla (Brent Meyer) Ryan of Clear Lake, Stephanie (Zachary) Barnett of Louisville, KY, Emily (Trevor) Sires of Campbellsport, John W. (Jennifer Roberts) Ryan of Independence; four grandchildren, Aubree, Eleanor, Lillian & Jackson, and bonus grandchildren; siblings, Nancy (John) Gehrke, Mary (Steve) Congdon, Jerold (Rob) Ryan, Connie (Terry) Klatt; mother-in-law, Betty Maxwell; several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Joseph and Steven (Carolyn) Ryan and their grandson, Ian; father-in-law, William Maxwell.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday November 28, 2023, at St. John the Baptist Church in Plum City with Rev. Junabe Villapaz officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Monday November 27, 2023, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Durand is serving the family.


  1. Colt Cramer

    Jerry, my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

  2. Diane OBrien

    Jerry and family, I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family.

  3. Lisa St George

    Susie & family~so sorry for your loss and the empty space that will leave. Hoping all the good memories help fill the void. Gone from your sight but never your hearts. ❤️

  4. Joanne Hovey

    So sorry to the family. He was a good man that will be missed.

  5. Dave & Kris Polzer

    Susie and family, We were sorry to hear of John's passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Tangie Swire

    Jerry, so sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

  7. Tim and Julie Milliren

    Our deepest sympathies in the loss of John, may he rest in peace ????

  8. ,Wayne Lutz

    Very sorry for your loss.

  9. Donna West

    Sorry to hear about John. He was a wonderful person

  10. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Sympathy to all. Sorry for your loss.

  11. Valorie Hayden

    To Mary and family,

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, John. No words can heal the pain you all are going through.

    I found this quote when my brother died a couple of years ago. It helped to picture my brothers and sisters in our childhood times. Made me smile to think of all the good times we had growing up. I hope it helps you to remember all the good times you had with John.

    My heartfelt sympathies to all.

    Val Hayden

    “To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time” – Clara Ortega

  12. Terry & Connie Weber

    So sorry to hear of John's passing. He sure fought a tough battle. Was always impressed with his sense of humor. Sending deep sympathy to you Susie, and the whole family. John was so proud of you all.

  13. Donna and Richard Karshbaum

    We are so sorry for your Loss, John was a Wonderful Person, God Bless You All ????❤️????

  14. Dennis & Ramona Schneider

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you . Heaven gained a very nice guy.

  15. Terry & Connie Weber

    So sorry to hear of John's passing. He sure fought a tough battle. Was always impressed with his sense of humor. Sending deep sympathy to you Susie, and the whole family. John was so proud of you all.

  16. Colleen Weiss

    Audrey, I am so sorry to hear about John. Our sincere sympathies to all of you.

  17. Sandy Wayne

    So sorry for your loss Susie. He is no longer in pain. ????

  18. Kay Longsdorf

    Audrey and family, I am sorry to learn of John's passing. Know that you are all in my prayers. May God comfort you in the days to come. Kay Lbypx

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