Dee C. Ryan

February 21, 1922 - November 24, 2012

Dee C. Ryan, 90, of Batavia, passed away November 24, 2012 at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles. He was born February 21, 1922 in Washington County, Ky., the son of Glen and Eva (nee Shewmaker) Ryan. He was united in marriage to Jean Stokes in DeKalb County April 16, 1942. Dee served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.  He was a tail gunner on a B-29 and after being injured he served as a crew chief mechanic on B-29s. He fought in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, receiving a theater ribbon and three bronze stars.  Dee was a proud American veteran and was a member of the Batavia VFW and American Legion. He owned and operated Ryan’s Body Shop in Batavia for more than 40 years.  He served as a Boy Scout Troop Leader for many years in Batavia.  In his spare time Dee enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren at his property on the Wisconsin River.  He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and special friend to many.  Dee is survived by his children, Glen “Buck” Ryan, Kathryn (Jim) Sauer, Barbara “Barbie” (John) Hanson, and Mike (Becky) Ryan; nine grandchildren: Jimmy (Lori) Martin, Zimmerman Stein, Jemma (Jason) Ryan-Roth, Julie (Dave) Skirmont, Jeremy (Margaret) Sauer, Donovan Hanson, Cara (Nelson) Hanson, and Carly and Sydney Ryan; eleven great-grandchildren: Sean and Erin Martin; Matthew, Abigail and Wesley Skirmont; Evelyn and Kathryn Sauer; Serene and Evangeline Ryan-Roth; and Ryan and Linden Hanson-Taruc; a brother Karl (Wilda) Ryan and three sisters: Ilene Sanders, Barbara Haile, and Devola Doll; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Ryan and Leona Casey, and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Jean; a daughter Billie Jean Martin and a son Ronald Ryan; a grandson William Dee Martin; and his siblings, Alma Bottoms, Evelyn Walker, William Ryan (twin), John Ryan, Glen Ryan, Naomi Ryan, Darlene Ryan, Patricia Ryan, and Martha May Ryan. Visitation will be held 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia.  Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2012 at Moss Family Funeral Home. Interment will follow in West Batavia Cemetery.

Guest Book

  • Jerry Stivers RIP Uncle Dee and condolences to the family...He was a great man and will be missed by all. Surgery prevented us from attending, but our thoughts and Prayers were with the family.
  • Dan & Colleen Ricci I wish we could have been there with you. We loved Uncle Dee very much.
  • Joan Runde The Ryan family is in my thoughts and prayers. As the scout master for my boys, Dee led many events with the troups and was always there to lead them. When my boys were learning to drive, Dee was there to "patch up" their mistakes on my car. He would greet me by saying- which one is learning to drive now. I will always remember Dee's sparkling eyes and big grin. My sympathies, Joan
  • Ron Smith Dee: You're one-of-a kind, in my book. What a great father, role model and friend. I have so many happy and fun memories of time spent with you and in your shadow. I'll carry them with me always. My heart goes out to your family, friends, and those (like me) who your life touched so meaningfully.
  • Kevin Nelson I’m really sorry to hear about Dee. I remember meeting him for the first time when I was a little kid and I have to admit that he scared me but it didn’t take long to figure out that he was a great guy. I don’t know how many little jams he helped me and my family with. He seemed to know everyone in Batavia and had just as many stories. As a teenager, I had an old jeep. He let me work on it in his shop and I think that thing spent more time in his shop than it ever did on the road. The only thing he ever asked in return was to maybe help him around the shop from time to time. He will definitely be missed by our family. My condolences to his family.
  • Claudia Pinner Goggin I have had the pleasure of knowing Dee and The Ryan Family for decades. Dee and I have been neighbors for the past 27 years and very dear friends. I grew up 4 blocks from my current residence, so you could say that Dee knew me most of my life. I think we complmented one another rather well as we both had the gift to gab. We would spend hours sometimes just chatting about the old days (Dee's a bit farther back than mine. :) And, I loved to listen to his wonderful stories. Dee shared so much knowledge and local history with me, I was in awe. Beyond these traits that we all shared, Dee was a beloved friend and I feel as if I am part of an extended family.Our homes and hearts were always open to one another. He was a character with a heart of Gold and a beautiful Soul. He spoke his mind, sometimes a bit loudly, but Always honestly and he was always there to help if help was needed. Dee loved his family first and foremost and he loved our great town of Batavia that he supported willingly for decades. I feel I could write a Novel about what Dee means to me, but I'm not sure I would ever finish as I have so much and so many feelings and memories to share. I feel truly blessed for the friendship and time we shared. I love him and will miss him. My love and prayers are with the entire Ryan Family and all of us whose lives he touched; we are better for it. May you Rest with the Angels and your loved ones who went before you, now and forever more.May Peace be with you always. I love you Claudia
  • Lisa Macko Ashmore Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
  • Barb Burton Bryant My prayers and thoughts with your family. So sorry for your loss.
  • paul piker My condolences go out to the Ryan family. Dee always looked out for us kids and tried to keep us out of trouble. Thank you Dee, you will be missed.
  • brian wyatt dee was a great man,i have alot of memories with dee and his children!! he will be dearly missed!
  • Dave Dredge What a Great Man.... Had him as a scout leader when i was very young...He Was a Very Special Part of What Made Batavia a Great City...The People....He will Truly Be Missed.........
  • kathleen Dillard Wish I could be with all of you.. Love you all so much! I sure did love him!
  • Kurt Ruppenthal Sorry to hear of Dee's passing. My condolences to all friends and family members. Dee helped me out numerous times with his expertise in the body shop business. He was always willing to listen and share stories with you. But, I never knew of his World War II service. This justs adds to my admiration of him.Rest in peace, Dee.
  • Scott Patzer Our condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones.
  • Doug Jobe I've been friends with a few of Dee's Kids over the years but have always considered him a friend, not a friends father.. I have alway loved talking with him back in the old days at the shop... He had more stories about our parents then we would ever know.. some, im sure, that they didnt want us to know!!! but he always wanted to know what was up with us too! he never hesitated to help anyone out, wether it was to let you use his shop and tools or give advice.. and he didnt mind puttin you to work in the shop while the BS went on.. I for one and i know many others will Miss Dee. My prayers go out to the family. Thanks for being there D. Miss ya