James Lester Ryan

January 12, 1932 - June 30, 2020

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James Ryan of Federal Way, WA passed away Tuesday June 30, 2020.

James Lester Ryan was born January 12, 1932 in Gary, Indiana to parents Harry and Helen Ryan. He grew up in Hobart Indiana and graduated from Hobart High School where he was a member of the 1949 All-Star Football team. In February 1952, he enlisted in the United States Army and served honorably until 1954 in the Korean War. In September of 1956, he married Ruth Ann Laingren in Gary, Indiana. 

Reminiscing in conversation, Jim often boasted that his proudest accomplishment was the success and tenacity of his three sons. Aside from being a father, Jim had many occupations throughout the years, but his most remarkable career achievement was the purchase and expansion of Tacoma Fixture Company in 1983, a cabinet manufacturer that is still thriving under the leadership of his sons. 

In his free time, Jim enjoyed traveling and going out to eat with Ruth and spending time with family. He could often be found playing tennis or golf with his wife and friends, watching passing ships on the sound or just enjoying a glass of merlot on his balcony. 

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his sons Steve, Don and Bob Ryan, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and brother Michael (Elaine) Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother Harry and Helen Ryan and his sister Dorothy. 

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Don Ryan

James Lester Ryan was and still is a great man. And I was lucky to have him as my father.

ruth ryan
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ruth ryan

I loved him, too, Don and still do

Bobbi Hoffman
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Bobbi Hoffman

I will never forget his kind nature. He will truely be missed❤️ My sincere condolances to Ruth, Steve and Bob.

Steve and Poo Cantrell
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Steve and Poo Cantrell

Many prayers to all the family.
Love you all!!

Mark & Kelly Watson
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Mark & Kelly Watson

Sending our love and heartfelt sympathies to aunt Ruth and the whole family.

Brenda Adamson
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Brenda Adamson

So very sorry for your families loss. I didn’t know Jim very well but he was a kind man. God be with you all.