William ‘Bill’ Ryan
William “Bill” Ryan, 88, of Harvey, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at St. Aloisius Hospital in Harvey.
His funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, in St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with an 8 p.m. prayer service, on Thursday, Dec. 26, at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.
William Vincent Ryan was born Oct. 23, 1925, on the family farm near Crary. He was the son of William and Anna (Polis) Ryan. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and graduated from Devils Lake High School in 1942. He entered the Navy on March 30, 1944. He served as quartermaster on board the USS Graffias in the Pacific Theater during and after World War II. Bill was honorably discharged June 1, 1946.
He returned to Devils Lake and resumed farming. He worked for Lake Electric, Nodak Rural Electric Cooperative and then with Otter Tail Power Co. as an apprentice lineman.
He married Stephanie Kuntz on July 7, 1953, in Devils Lake. He became the Otter Tail division foreman in Rugby in 1951. They lived in Rugby until 1958, when Bill was transferred to Harvey and was the service representative for Otter Tail Power Co. Bill retired from Otter Tail in 1988 having been employed by Otter Tail for nearly 40 years and never had a time-lost accident during that period.
Bill was very active in civic and community affairs. He was a member of the Harvey city council for 10 years and served as the Harvey mayor from 1974 to 1980. While being mayor, the city undertook several major projects including water treatment improvements, annexations, a new citywide storm sewer, curb, gutter and paving. He also served on the Harvey Rec Board, Special Assessment and Board of Adjustments. Bill was a Boy Scout leader and charter member of the Harvey Jaycees. He also served as president of the Harvey Kiwanis Club and Harvey Chamber of Commerce. He was a registered EMT on the Harvey Ambulance Service of which he served as its first president and taught Red Cross classes. He was also a member of the Harvey Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years. Bill served on the executive board of the South Central Regional Planning Commission, Economic Development Board and St. Aloisius Medical Center board of directors.
Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Other interests included golfing, shooting trap, bowling, carpentry and politics. He continued these activities well into retirement.
Bill is survived by: his wife, Stephanie; son and daughter-in-law, Bill Jr. and Kerry Ryan, of Austin, Minn.; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Steve Johnson, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Jim) Bloomquist, of Devils Lake; Jeannie (Louie) Moore, of Billings, Mont.; Beverly (Ken) Hoveland, of Fargo; and nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Kitty (Fred) Hayes and Etta (Morris) Hatten.
Bill touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Harvey Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 4, Harvey, ND 58341.