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SCHUYLER - James A. Ryan, 84, of Schuyler, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at his home with his beloved companion Veta by his side.
James was born in Utica on May 25, 1933, the son of George A. and Sadie (Holdworth) Ryan and received his education in Utica schools. James honorably served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
For 26 years until his retirement, he was employed as a welder with International Heater in Utica.
James was a member of American Legion Utica Post 229 in North Utica. He enjoyed playing cards, shuffleboard, traveling and was an avid fisherman. He was of the Catholic faith.
James is survived by his loving companion of 40 years, Veta Roberts of Schuyler; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Evelyn and Richard Jones Sr., of Schuyler and Sadie Mae Schneider of Florida; Veta's children, George O'Dell Jr. and his wife, Sandy of Utica, Ronald O'Dell Sr. and his wife, Karen of Amsterdam, Sue Flemming and her husband, Tom of Schuyler, Georgia Ferguson and her husband, Ray of Utica and Cynthia Livas and her husband, Daniel of Texas; and Veta's sisters, Elizabeth Aikens of Albany, Donna Quackenbush of Oneonta and Frances Franczowiak of Margaretville; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Helen March and brother, George "Sonny" Ryan.
Calling hours for family and friends will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Road, Utica, followed by a service at 6:30 p.m. conducted by the Legionnaires from Utica Post 229.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of James, please consider American Legion Utica Post 229, 409 Herkimer Road, Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Published on February 23, 2018
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