Charley Ryan passed away February 16, 2008.
Charlie was born in Graceville, MN on December 19, 1915. His parents moved to Polson, MT,
and he attended school there. He met and married Ruth Scheffler on December 22, 1937 in
Polson, and they had three children when he was called to serve in the Army during WWII.
After his discharge, he moved his family to Spokane in 1943.
Charlie was a cowboy and spent his life as a songwriter and entertainer touring with his
band with Jim Reeves and Johnny Horton, to name a couple. Charlie wrote and originally
recorded the "Hot Rod Lincoln" song.
He was a member of the Country Music Association, Dukes Auto Club, Lincoln Continental Owners Club,
VFW #1435, DAV #51, and Local #98 Carpenter's Union.
He was a member of the Music Hall of Fame in Arizona and Minnesota.
Charlie is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Ruth Ryan, of Spokane, WA; daughter,
Beverly Triber and husband, Rick, of Spokane Valley, WA; daughter, Terri Hambrook of
San Juan Capistrano, CA; son, Joe Ryan and wife, Carolyn, of Valley, WA;
14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one grandson, and
Memorial services were held Friday, February 22, 2008, at 1 PM, in the Alwin
Chapel at HAZEN & JAEGER FUNERAL HOME, 1306 NORTH MONROE, SPOKANE, WA.
Following the service, there was be a gathering at Spokane Valley VFW Post 1435, 212
South David, Spokane Valley, WA.
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