Belleville, WI/John F. Ryan, age 81, of New Glarus and former rural Belleville area farmer passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison. 

He was born on March 16, 1932 at Blue Mounds, WI to his parents William and Mabel (Shackleton) Ryan.  John served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953.  On May 19, 1956 he was united in marriage to Helen Jones.  Helen and their son Gary died as a result of a car accident in 1968.  John farmed in Dayton for many years.  In 1983 John married Mary Schwebke and later the couple divorced.  He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Belleville.

John is survived by his children Sharon (Mitch) Hirsch of Cordele, GA, Bonnie Wirth of New Glarus, WI, Dale (Marsha) Ryan of Belleville, WI, and Diane (Gregory) Titus of Monticello, WI, fourteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by a brother Jerry Ryan of Black Earth, WI and a sister Beverly (Harland) Martin of Dodgeville, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Gary Ryan, daughter Connie Sue Ryan, brother William K. Ryan, and a sister Eileen Wachter.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 338 S. Harrison St., Belleville, WI with the Rev. Michael Moon officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Ignatius Calvary Cemetery, 9418 County Rd. S, Mt. Horeb, WI.

Relatives and friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Becker-Beal Funeral Home, 109 Greenway Cross, Belleville, WI.

A memorial fund has been established.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at www.bealfuneralhomes.com