Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
April 3, 2014 11:07 am EDT


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — Robert Lee Ryan, 65, formerly of Fredericktown, died March 23, 2014.

He was born in Mount Vernon on Sept. 14, 1948, to George and Opal Louise (Holzswarth) Ryan. He graduated from Fredericktown in 1966. He was drafted in 1968 by the U.S. Army, where he served in the Vietnam Conflict earning a Purple Heart. He was discharged in 1970. He was a past member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church.

Robert is survived by two sons, Steven (Kelly Blubaugh) Ryan of Frazeysburg, and Todd (Tracy DeVore) Ryan of Danville; brothers, C. Thomas Ryan of Mount Vernon, and David (Sherrie) Ryan of Fredericktown; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Timothy Ryan.

He will be remembered by his family and friends as a wonderful, kind, and loving man, who was always smiling, and was there for you with an open heart and open arms.

A burial of Robert’s cremated remains will be held Friday, at 11 a.m., in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. The Knox County Joint Veterans Council will perform military honors. Pastor Bill Fennell will have the committal. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is assisting with local arrangements. Visit

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