Richard Ryan

Obituary of Richard Ryan

Richard W. "Cowboy" Ryan,

81, of Terra Alta, Salt Lick Community, died Wednesday, March 01, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.

The son of the late Eben and Lillian F. Cossitt Mahar, he was born October 28, 1935, in Boston, MA.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Battle Grove Democratic Club, American Legion, Eagles, Duck Fluffers of American, Steel Workers Union and the NRA. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as an electricians mate. He was employed with Bethlehem Steel, a Pin Setter in the bowling Alley, a commercial fisherman and a maintenance man at the Federal Building in Morgantown.

Cowboy enjoyed hunting, fishing, gunsmith, building and carpenter work, leather smith, history, mechanics, and singing

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Ryan; seven children, Terry Grimm of Baltimore, Tara Boyce of Crellin, Tana Cessna of Oakland, Taba Hinebaugh of Terra Alta, Richie Ryan of Baltimore, Tricia Ryan of Baltimore and Shawn Bittinger of Petersburg; 15 grandchildren: Ashley, Braiden, Dalenna, Emily, Gabrielle, Jenny, JR Quintin), Liam, Lilli, Rusty, Ryan, Trista, Tyler B., Tyler H. and Zachary; 8 great grandchildren: Abby, Austin, Braxton, Colton, Harper, Hayden, Ryder and Trinity.

Family and friends will be received at the Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta, on Saturday, from 2-4 and 6-8 and from 12:00 noon on Sunday, March 5, 2017 until the 1:00 p.m. time of service at the funeral home with Pastor Bill Skipper officiating. Burial will follow in the Ashby Cemetery, Crellin, MD with military graveside services accorded by Vietnam Veteran's of America, Chapter 977, Preston County, WV and WVANG Military Funeral Honors, Camp Dawson.

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