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James Jay Ryan, the only son and third child of John and Ida Lewis Ryan, was born on January 20, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan.
Jim spent his childhood in Lansing with summer visits to the cottage at Clear Lake near Big Rapids. He graduated from Waverly High School and studied surveying at Lansing Community College and Ferris State University.
Jim was employed by the State of Michigan Highway Department, the Treasury Department plat section, and the department of Natural Resources. He relocated from Lansing to the DNR Gaylord office and settled in by the river in Grayling.
Jim was an avid reader and outdoorsman, whose vacations included camping on Isle Royale and hunting in Michigan and Wyoming.
Jim died unexpectedly at his home on March 25, 2022. A Celebration of Life was held at American Legion Post 106 on April 6, 2022. Burial was at Pine Plains Cemetary in Big Rapids next to his parents and four previous generations of the Lewis family.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, infan sister Johnna, and brother-in-law Russell Baugh. He is survived by his sister Jann.