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Dr. Lewis Eugene Ryan passed away on August 6, 2014 at the OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, MS. He was 94.
He was born October 17, 1919 in Cordova, TN to the late Odos Ryan and Pearl Bready Ryan.
Lewis was a U.S. Navy Veteran from 1937-1957 serving in WWII.Â Lewis was on the Maiden Voyage of the USS Yorktown.Â He was the chief in charge of opening Clark Field during the retaking of the Philipines by US arm forces.Â After the Navy, he earned his B.S., M.Ed., and Ph.D. at MSU.Â While working at MSU, he met and married Frances Scott in 1974.Â They lived happily in Morgantown, a community of Oktibbeha County, MS.
Lewis was preceded in death by his wife Frances Patton Scott, his daughter Linda Black, his siter Frances Wise from El Centro, CA, and daughter-in-law Debra Ryan and Frances Scott's Daughter, Madeline Callahan.
Survivors include son, Mike Ryan/Olga.Â His nieces and nephews; Cecilia Forster, Glen Strong/Brenda, Cecil Strong/Judy, Shawveeray Berryman/Dick.Â His grandchildrenTonya McWhirter/Barry, Daniel Ryan/Leah, Angie Hathaway/Will and Michael L. Ryan.
Additionally he is survived by Frances' family: son-in-law Dr. Joel Callahan, his children Kim Penfound, Pam Sadlin/Rike, Dr. Joel Callahan, Jr./Natalie.Â He is survived by Frances' son, Dr. Edward Scott/Claudia, their children Jessica Rafiki/Ben, and Zachary Scott.
Lewis is also survived by a very special long time family friend, Arniza Quinn.
He will be remembered for his integrity, sense of humor, compassion and kindness to others.Â His navy stories, gardening tips and his companionship while hunting and fishing will be missed also.Â He will be remembered as "Papa Lewie" to many.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Visitation will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 9:30-11:00 a.m. with mass to follow at 11 o'clock.Â In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the charity of choice.Â Â