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.