Harold Ryan

Harold T. Ryan,  95, of Springfield, died on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9:00  to 11:00 a.m. at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday  in St. Raphael Catholic Church with Father Phil Schotzko officiating. Interment will be at the St. Raphael Catholic Cemetery.

Harold T. Ryan was born on Dec. 22, 1923, in North Star Township, Brown County, Minnesota, the son of Lawrence and Cecelia (Groebner) Ryan. He attended school in District 27 in Sundown Township, St. Raphael Catholic School, and graduated from Springfield High School in 1941. Harold served in the U.S. Navy from Nov. 25, 1944, until his honorable discharge on June 26, 1946.  He enjoyed farming with his father and brother. Harold also worked for Schoffman Implement as a farm equipment salesman from January 1964 until his retirement on July 1, 1985. He lived on South Hoyt Avenue until purchasing his home at Riverview Homestead on Dec. 15, 1994. Harold was an organizing  member of the Riverview Homestead Cooperative and served for 15 years on its board of directors and 12 years as president. He was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church and served on the Pastoral Council and Finance Council. Harold was honored with the Bishop
Medal of Honor, and in 2004 the Senior Co-Op Housing Leadership Award. He served as a board member of the Springfield Library for nine years and served on the Brown County Library Board, was a 40 year member of the Springfield Golf Course, and was an active member of the American Legion. Harold enjoyed flower gardening, golfing, reading, and classic country music.

 He is survived by his brother, Daniel (Doris) Ryan of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; sister, Carol (Al) Knutson of Dallas, Texas; sister-in-law, Gloria Ryan of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Russell and Gail; and sisters, Virginia and Lucille. 

Memorials are preferred to Services for the Blind, Springfield Library Board, or Save the Children. 

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

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