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Obituary for Curtis Eugene Ryan
CURTIS “Curt” EUGENE RYAN Dec. 26, 1917 – Mar. 17, 2016
Curt Ryan was born December 26, 1917, in Tillamook, Oregon to General Alger and Lillian Augusta Ryan. He was the eighth of sixteen children. He enlisted in the US Coast Guard in May, 1942, and was stationed in Gold Beach, Oregon, where he met his wife, Anne Buffington. They were married in Gold Beach on November 28, 1942.
Curt worked as a delivery driver for Ophir Farm Dairy and joined Coos-Curry Electric in 1957 as a meter reader until he retired in 1982 at age 65. He enjoyed endless hours in his shop with his Lionel train collection and built countless die-cast model cars over the years. A point of pride was the 1923 Star Delivery truck he restored over a period of 12 years. He and Anne enjoyed bowling, razor clam digging in Washington, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Curt is survived by his son, Curtiss “Mac” E. Ryan, Jr. of Burbank, Washington, granddaughter, Wendy Cressotti-Knox & husband Karl, great-granddaughter Alexandria Knox, and grandson Todd Ryan; daughter Gretchen and husband James “Rusty” Green of Gold Beach, Oregon and grandson Douglas Sandidge and wife Katy, great-grandson Ryan and great-granddaughter Bekah, granddaughter Rebecca Miller and husband Roy, great-grandchildren Anna and Lomax. Curt is survived by his youngest brother Kemmer and younger sister Patricia.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years in 2011. He continued to live in the family home until his death March 17, 2016, at the age of 98, surrounded by family.
Memorials may be made to Coastal Home Health & Hospice, Brookings. www.coastalcares.org. No services are planned. Cremation is under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.