James Arnold Ryan, 69, of West Fork, passed away Sept. 3, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born July 16, 1943, in Bisbee, Ariz., to the late Alfred and Beatrice Seal Ryan. James was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blanket. He was an avid Razorback fan. He preferred country and western music and he was a guitarist. He appreciated nature and enjoyed gardening and working in his yard. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Desmond Ryan, Billie Sieder, Zona Kunkel, Helen Schultze, Hal Ryan and Harold Ryan.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Ryan, of the home; three children, Dennis Ryan and his wife Jana, Glendon Ryan and his wife Christi, and Rebecca Looney and her husband Gary, all of West Fork; his sisters Dollie Tidwell of Blanket, Gloria Thompson and her husband Eddie of Early; grandchildren, Chelsie, Alex, Gary Jr., Michael, Jordan, Emilee, and Kamaran; and his great-grandchildren, Leighanna and Aleigha.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Wolf Creek Cemetery in Rising Star.