ames Patrick Ryland, 71, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at Maple Grove Lodge in Louisiana, Mo. Cremation rites are under the direction of Bibb-Veach Funeral Homes & Crematory in Bowling Green.
James was born on March 26, 1950, at home, in Clarksville, Mo. His parents were William and Edna (Zumwalt) Ryland.
James is survived by his son, James Ryland Jr. (Tammy Gibbs) and granddaughter, Erin Ryland, in Louisiana, Mo. He is also survived by brother, Charles (Tipton, Iowa), and Billy Joe (Keokuk, Iowa); and sisters: Sally Ryland (Fresno, Calif.), Rebecca Cooper (Custer, S.D.), Berneta Wood (Ft. Madison, Iowa), Sharon Page (Sedgewicksville, Mo.), Alta Olmsted (Lakeland, Fla.), and Janice Ryland (Brownsville, Tenn.).
His parents and sisters, Ruby Ruggles (Hamilton, Ill.) and Cathleen Johnson (Louisiana, Mo.), died earlier.
James was a U.S. Navy veteran and was proud of his service to his country.
He had a great appreciation for life, and a preference for “out-of-doors” work and recreation. He was an “ace” mechanic, and enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing.
A private memorial service is planned by his family.