John K. Ryan

1952 - 2021


John K. Ryan, the son of John T. and V. Joan Ryan passed away unexpectedly from a cardiac event at his home on Thursday, May 27, 2021. 

John was born November 30, 1952 and was a 1971 graduate of Peru High School.  Being raised in Peru it was natural that he spent many years performing, rigging and training for the Circus City Festival.  The time in the Circus led him on some great adventures like working center ring at Madison Square Gardens and traveling by train with the Ringling Brothers Circus, this fueled his spirit to travel the country and experience life.  John was a sky diver, did some scuba diving, spent time on a shrimp boat, camped in the wilderness and thumbed his way across the country.  Upon returning to Peru, he was active in softball, bowling and continued his love of the Circus by giving his time and patience to many young performers at the C.C.F.I. and the YMCA.  John was a gifted EMT, he spent several years working at the Central Cigar Store, the County Highway department and at Bryan Boilers.  John was a true Cleveland Browns fan thru thick and thin. He loved family dinners; though not a cook, he was easily convinced to do the cleanup.  He spent his retirement years in Arizona where he owned a landscaping business and continued to play pool with the “guys”, he always said he did not miss the Indiana winters. 

John is survived by his father John T., sisters Susie (Richard) Taylor, Jerri (Larry) Stapleton, his nieces and nephews, Sarah (Alex) Kritzman, Darcey (Nolan) Hazlett, Amy Taylor, Ryan (Kerianne)Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Nathan Taylor and Dustin Clark. Along with his Uncle Frank (Jenny) Pearson, and multiple great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his only child Jack Robert Ryan, his mother Joan, sister Linda and his nephew Richard W. Taylor.   A graveside service will be held for the family.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Circus City Festival building fund.

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Craig & Jodi Scott

June 11, 2021 7:14 PM

We were so devastated to hear of Johns passing. It has taken me so long to post this because it's so hard. He was a GREAT friend of ours while living in Mesa,AZ. Lots of pool playing for fun and in tournaments. His smile  laughter, and wonderful stories are going to be missed dearly. Last winter we had talked about him making a trip to Wisconsin. Words can't even express how much we will miss him.

Ed and Michele Fisher

June 8, 2021 5:29 PM
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Tina O'Vadka(Morrison)

June 5, 2021 9:18 PM

Susie, Jerri and mom and dad so sorry for your loss. Hugs

Tammy Ferguson Cooper

June 5, 2021 7:44 PM

Mr. Ryan, Susie and Jerri
I'm so sorry to hear about John. Although it sounds like he lived a very full life, it's always too soon to lose him. So many great memories of us all growing up together at the circus. Such a wonderful family. John could light up a room with that smile. He'll be greatly missed. My heart goes out to all of you.

Peggy Dewey

June 5, 2021 3:03 PM

I remember going to church with John and the family. All of us teens were close. He was my 1st boyfriend at the age of 14. He also took me to my senior prom. He was always so kind and courteous. He always held a special place in my heart, even after all these years. My maiden name was Books. I'm really am so sorry for your loss. 

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