Gene Brady Ryan, 66 of Cason, passed away on Sept. 11, 2020 at his sister’s home. He was born on Dec. 31, 1953 to the late Harris Beal Ryan and Virginia Twine Ryan in Pittsburg.
He started working from the young age of 6 selling Grit Newspapers door to door. He did many odd jobs for many residents in Cason growing up. Most people knew him operating the local corn dog stand in all the surrounding towns. He was employed at Pool Side Grocery on Hwy 49. The last 15 years he was also the Maintenance Service Provider for ASAP Septic Systems. Gene had a heart larger than life and always made sure he helped his family, friends, and customers. When asked what he wanted to be remembered for he said, “Always a friend to everyone”.
Gene is survived by his loving sister, Audrey Alexander; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Deana Ryan of Illinois; nephew and spouse, Dean and Sheri; nephew, Ricky; and numerous cousins, great nieces and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patsy Martin; and his brother, Harris Ryan, II.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant. A graveside service will be held on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Blevins Cemetery in Cason.
The family requests donations be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, American Cancer Society, or to any charity of choice in honor of Gene Ryan.
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An online registry is available at batescoopersloanfuneralhome.com.