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Earl Ryan

February 4, 1934 — July 11, 2020

Born in Gainesboro, TN on February 4, 1934 Departed on July 11, 2020 and resided in Springfield, TN Life Celebration: Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation CenterThursday July 16, 2020 11:00am to 12:00pmVisitation: Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center Room: Visitation RoomThursday July 16, 2020 10:00am to 11:00am

Earl Edward Ryan, age 86 of Springfield passed away on July 11, 2020 at Morningside.

He was born on February 4, 1934 in Jackson County, Gainesboro, Tennessee on February 4, 1934 to the late Harry Lee and Frances Florene (Sloan) Ryan, he was one of five children. After his family relocated to Robertson County, Mr. Ryan joined the United States Army and served for three years.

Mr. Ryan married the love of his life, Sue Claire Crabtree on April 13, 1956. He worked for many years at DuPont in Old Hickory until his retirement in the late 80's. His retirement freed up his time to spend working in his garden raising beautiful flowers like roses and sunflowers and vegetables like hot peppers and strawberries. Mr. Ryan's new found freedom allow for him and Sue to travel to places out West like Las Vegas, Nevada, White Sands, New Mexico and places closer to home like Florida and the Smokey Mountains.

His love for Hot Rods has stretched throughout his life. His '56 Bel Air Convertible and '65 Chevy Impala where just two of the many he owned over the years. Mr. Ryan would tell you he enjoyed NASCAR when the cars were real and that his favorite driver was Jeff Gordon. Pam said she could remember times spent with her dad working on cars but her favorite memory growing up was driving around in the 442 Oldsmobile and him "Letting her drive."
Mr. Ryan will be remembered as a loving husband, dad, granddaddy and brother.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ryan is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Sue Claire Crabtree Ryan; brothers, Willie Ryan and James Stanton Ryan; and sister, Louise Marie Ryan Osborne.

He is survived by his daughter, Pam (Chip) Thomason; granddaughters, Shavelle O'Ryan Thomason and Shyannah Claire Thomason; sister, Shelby Jean (Reed) Ryan Mann, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Springfield Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 10am until the time of service. Online condolences can be made at

The family request donations be made to the American Legion Post 45 P.O. Box 160 Greenbrier, TN 37073 or VFW 2120 P.O. Box 788 Greenbrier, TN 37073.

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437.

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