Jackson Paul Ryerson, 79, passed away Dec. 5, 2013, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo. He was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Madison, Wisc., to Robert and Emma (Stevens) Ryerson.
Jack grew up in Madison, Wisc., and graduated high school from East Madison High.
He worked in maintenance for Oscar Meyer and Badger Medical Supply in Wisconsin. After moving to Missouri in 1983, he worked for Empire Gas and for Oakwood Golf Course, where he later retired.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Betty Lynch, Mary Moore, Jane Clarke, Odey Ryerson and Robert Ryerson. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Joanie of their home in Houston, Mo.; four children, Teresa Schopp of Ridgeway, Wisc., Tony Ryerson and wife, Beth, of Evansville, Wisc., Tim Ryerson of Deerfield, Wisc., and Kari Hoelscher of Jefferson City, Mo.; five grandchildren, Bobbe, Ashton, Symantha, Dylan and Colton; and many nieces and nephews.
Jack married Joanie Callison on Jan. 20, 1966, and brought with him three children, Teresa, Tony and Tim, and to their union Kari Ryerson was born.
He had many interests. As a younger man he played softball and also helped coach. Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved to go bowling and was a huge Green Bay Packers fan. But his greatest love was his wife; where one would go, so would the other. They did everything together. Jack was also proud of his children and grandchildren and loved to watch them in all of their sporting events.
Jack was saved and baptized at a young age and was a member of Community Crossroads Church.
He was a much loved husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend to many. He will greatly be missed but forever in our hearts.
Visitation was 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Community Crossroads Church in Raymondville, Mo. Services began at 7 p.m. with Pastor Dorvan Stringer officiating. Per Jack’s request, his body was cremated under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
The family respectfully request that donations be made to the Jack Ryerson Memorial Fund, c/o Evans Funeral Home, in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at www.evansfh.com.