The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

July 6, 2014

Dr. James F. Ryan

NORMAN — Dr. James F. Ryan, longtime resident of Norman, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born Dec. 11, 1918, in Asher.

He attended Asher schools, then completed 3 years of study at East Central State College in Ada. On July 28, 1940, he married Jean Sharp of Asher. In July of 1941 he joined the Army Air Force and was stationed at Randolph Field, San Antonio, where he received his wings and then served as a decorated fighter pilot in campaigns in New Guinea, the East Indies and the Asiatic Pacific Theater in 1942.

In 1943 he attended the prestigious Command and General Staff School, American Air Force, in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. He was a major when he retired from active duty in 1946 in Los Angeles.

After the service he attended Southern School of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. graduating from there in 1948 and opening his first practice in Idabel that same year. He served as President of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce during his years there, as well as serving as State President of the Oklahoma Optometric Association in 1955. In 1957, the Ryans moved to Norman with their two children, Judy and John.

Dr. Ryan specialized in contact lenses and visual training and opened his new office in the Bailey-Ewing Building in the summer of 1957. Dr. Ryan was involved in many civic organizations in Norman during his career and retired at the age of 77 in 1996, after 40 years of serving his numerous patients in the Norman area. He was described as being kind and generous, always a gentleman and respectful to all. Dr. Ryan was an institution in Norman and he always enjoyed going to work every day, saying after his retirement he should have worked at least 5 more years.

His favorite place to vacation and relax was Lake of the Arbuckles in Sulphur, where he owned a lake house and enjoyed many good times there with his family and many friends.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Sheila Kay King

    Sheila Kay King, 57, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her home in Crowley, Texas. She was born May 12, 1957, at Ft. Sill, to Matthew and Doris King, of Lawton. Sheila graduated from Snyder High School in 1975. She attended Cameron ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Dorothy I. Armstrong

    Dorothy I. Armstrong, 83, went peacefully into the hands of the Lord on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Memorial services will be 11 p.m. Friday at Slaughterville Baptist Church, Highway 77 and 60th Street in Lexington....

    July 31, 2014

  • Louis Edward ‘Tex’ Raymond Jr.

    Louis Edward “Tex” Raymond Jr., 90, of Norman, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014. Tex was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Wichita, Kan., to Louis Edward Raymond Sr. and Nellie Elizabeth Duncan....

    July 30, 2014

  • Dorothy I. Armstrong

    Dorothy I. Armstrong, 83, went peacefully into the hands of the Lord Saturday, July 26, 2014. Memorial services will be 11 p.m. Friday at Slaughterville Baptist Church, Highway 77 and 60th Street in Lexington....

    July 30, 2014

  • John Joseph Giudice Jr.

    John Joseph Giudice Jr., of Norman, a fisheries biologist whose pioneering research paved the way for commercial fish farming in the United States, died Saturday, July 26, 2014. He was 93....

    July 30, 2014

  • Arley Jay Newton

    Arley Jay Newton died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Tulsa. Arley was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Tulsa, to parents John Newton and Marianna (Pyatt) Newton....

    July 29, 2014

  • Jo Ann Oberst

    Jo Ann Oberst, 80, of Norman, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Norman. She was born April 13, 1934, in Oklahoma City to Albert Siddens and Mary (Mollman) Siddens Manley. She retired from the University of Oklahoma in 1995....

    July 29, 2014

  • Elizabeth Mary Waters

    Services for Elizabeth Mary Waters, 92, Norman, who died Friday, July 25, of natural causes, will be10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Robinson Street Baptist Church, 801 E. Robinson. Bill Blair will officiate. Viewing will be Monday, July 28, 8 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Francis Fynmore

    James Francis Fynmore, III, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 22, 2014....

    July 27, 2014

  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Chambers

    Although Tom was christened Thomas Previglian, he took his step-father’s name of Chambers as it was easier to spell when he entered grade school. Born in Olean, New York, on March 11, 1943, he transitioned into his new life on July 25, ...

    July 27, 2014