Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Steven Dale “Steve” Ryan, age 71, of Ruston, LA will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Salem Methodist Church in Dubach, LA with Rev. Robbie Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery in Dubach under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.
Steve went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 7, 2023 while being surrounded by his loving family. He passed away after a brief illness at Willis Knighten North Hospital in Shreveport, LA. Steve was born November 16, 1951 in Zanesville, OH to Joy and Robert “Bob” Ryan. He worked for over 20 years as a purchasing agent for Lear Corporation in Zanesville. After moving to Ruston, he worked for Franke Corporation until his retirement in 2020. Steve was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was an avid Ohio State University fan but was the biggest fan of many of the endeavors of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball in Ohio and was happiest on a ballfield or when hunting and fishing in the great outdoors. Steve was a proud grandfather who loved spending time with his grandchildren and watching them figure skate, participate in karate and play hockey. You could usually find Steve and Marlette watching sports or the cooking channel in their free time. Steve was preceded in death by his father and brothers Jerry Ryan and Greg Ryan.
Steve is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marlette Singleton Ryan; his mother, Joy Ryan; son Brad Ryan; daughters Lindsay Ryan Lent and husband Dustin and Tiger and husband Jake McNabb; three cherished grandchildren: Rylan Lent, Avery Kate McNabb and Ryker Lent; niece Staci Mehling; nephews Chad Ryan and Storm Reeves; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of other family and many friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be the following family and friends: Thomas Graham, Gilbert Hayes, Dustin Lent, Avery Kate McNabb, Jake McNabb, Storm Reeves and Ryan Shamberger. Honorary pallbearers are the following friends: Dana Giovannello, Mike Hays, Bobby Jefcoat, Mickey Murphy and Britton White.
Marlette Ryan would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Willis Knighten North for their excellent and loving care. Steve will be missed by all who knew him, but his legacy of love and devotion to family and friends will live on.
Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at the church.