Earl ‘Mort’ Ryan

Earl “Mort” Ryan, 95, of Rockport, W.Va., passed away Aug. 25, 2014.

He was born Jan. 6, 1919, in Wood County, W.Va., a son of the late Charles and Lois Brand.

Earl was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and owned and operated Ryan’s Grocery in Mineral Wells, W.Va., after returning home. He retired from Johns Manville in 1981 in Vienna, W.Va., and lived for carpentry work.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Casto (Roger) of Mineral Wells, W.Va., and Susan “Skeeter” Curry (Tim) of Rockport, W.Va.; and one son, Robert “John” Ryan (Janis) of Rockport. He was the loving grandfather “Mort” to eight grandchildren, Angela “Skimp” Blackwell, Danielle “Tater” Rinard, Michele “Ladybug” Life, Jodi “Doot” Smith, Betsy “Jigger” Brigner, Ashley “Sammy” Curry, Jeff “Beetle” Ryan and Scott “Catfish” Ryan; and 11 great-grandchildren, for whom he also had nicknames.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Liddie “Gert” Prine Ryan (2011); one son, Steven “Tom” Ryan (2009); two brothers, Clement Brand and Carman Ryan; and one sister, Leatha Stuckey.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg, with Jeff Ryan and Pastor Ryan Brooks officiating. Interment will follow at Big Tygart Cemetery in the Rockport Section. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg will begin services on Thursday with military honors.

An online guestbook will be available at www.lamberttatman.com