Thu, May 23

Obituary: John Lee Ryan 1960-2016

John Lee Ryan

John Lee Ryan

John Lee Ryan age 56, and a resident of Cottonwood, passed away July 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born May 17, 1960 in Cottonwood to Mick and Francy Ryan.

John attended Mingus Union High School and later went on to ASU and received a BS and BA. John lived life doing what he loved: hugging, laughing, music, shooting clays, drinking beer, ranching, quading and fishing. We will always miss his laughs, his stories, and of course his bear hugs. We love you, John, to the moon and beyond.

We lost him way too soon, due to complications from a blood clot.

John was preceded in death by his mother Francy R. Ryan. He is survived by his wife Brenda of 12 years; step-daughter Hannah Hall; niece Chelsie Stodghill; nephews Cory (Katie) Philips, Ty (Melissa) Phillips, Bryce Stodghill and Chase Pruitt; sisters Valerie (Dennis) Hollander, Dee Dee (Travis) Stodghill, and Nikkie (CJ) Pruitt and Father Mick Ryan.

A Celebration of Life will take place at the Mongini Family Dairy Barn, HWY 89A & UVX road in Bridgeport on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made "In Memory of John Ryan" to the Verde Valley Fair Association, Inc., PO Box 1974, Cottonwood AZ 86326, (928) 634-3290

An online guestbook is available to sign at

Information provided by survivors.