Mr. J. Nick Ryan

  • Born: September 25, 1943
  • Died: August 25, 2019
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Mr. J. Nick Ryan, age 75, of Murray, Kentucky, died on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray, Kentucky.
Mr. Ryan was born in Murray, Kentucky, on September 25, 1943, to the late J.N. "Buddy" Ryan and Faye (Wiggins) Ryan. Mr. Ryan worked as a car salesman for many years and was previously employed at Dwain Taylor Chevrolet. He was a member of the Glendale Road Church of Christ and has served as the 5th grade Sunday School Class teacher for 18 years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and was well known for his cooking talents. Not only did he enjoy his many past-times, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ryan was preceded in death by one sister, June Ryan Roberts. He is survived by his wife, Betty (Thurmond) Ryan of Murray, whom he married on November 23, 1962; one daughter, Amelia "Amy" Houston and husband Keith of Murray; one son, J. David Ryan and wife Tina of Murray; one niece, Lynn Paschall and husband Darren of Murray; four grandchildren, Ryan Houston and wife Brittney, Taylor Houston and wife Chelsey , Robyn Darnell and husband Seth, Hannah Ryan and fiancé Jonathan Curd; as well as five great-grandchildren, Lawson and Charlotte Houston, Dex and Cash Darnell, and Kane Houston.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Glendale Road Church of Christ with Garry Evans, Steven Hunter, and Johnny Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Glendale Road Church of Christ.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

To the Ryan Family, you have my sincere condolences for your loss! Nicky was so well liked and respected by my mother and myself and I'm sure by many others as well. He took very good care of my mother, Eleanor Diuguid, whenever she needed a new car that she felt like she was in good hands. She had many nice things to say about Nicky. And since she passed away Nicky has been especially nice to me and I am so sorry to hear about his passing. He certainly was a fine gentleman.

Posted by Nan Stanford - Murfreesboro, TN - Friend   August 31, 2019

Betty, I am saddened by your loss. Please know I am thinking of you at this difficult time.

Posted by Janice Brandon - Nashville, TN - Friend   August 29, 2019

Thinking of you at this time, Cousin Betty. (Our great-grandmothers were sisters.)

Posted by Rebecca Lew - Oak Ridge, TN - Family   August 29, 2019

A Good Man who will be missed!

Posted by Skip Hale - Buchanan, TN - Friend   August 28, 2019

Betty and family, just heard about your loss you are all in our thoughts and prayers...Nicky was my good fishing buddy and many stories were told and will be remembered..Been gone a few years but still talked with Nicky on the phone...RIP my friend may the fish be always jumping in your boat and may your putter be straight....;Terry and Diana Tatlock

Posted by Terry Tatlock - Clovis, CA - Friend   August 27, 2019

I wilIl miss my long time friend and pray that his family will be blessed with knowing that he was loved by everyone that knew him. Great Christian who was not afraid to spread the Word to all that he came in contact with. I am a better person for knowing Nick, I just wish I had told him before he left us...

Posted by Mickey Reed - Mayfield, KY - Friend   August 27, 2019

May God be with the family. Nick will always be remembered as the kind and loving person he was.

Posted by Jackie and Darlene Canady - Murray, KY - Friend   August 27, 2019

David, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I did not know your father personally, it is obvious he was deeply loved and appreciated by many people in this community. I pray for God's peace to rest heavily upon you and all your family today and in the days to come. God bless.

Posted by Charley Bazzell - MURRAY, KY - Acquaintance   August 27, 2019


We are thinking of Nick's family at this time. We have very fond memories of Nick and his life.

Posted by Kyle and Andrea Wiggins - Goshen, KY - Family   August 27, 2019

Nick was a wonderful person and a joy to be around. I worked with him many years ago at Parker Ford. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Jay Suiter - Paducah, KY - Friend   August 27, 2019

Dear Nicky,
They say there is always a great banquet laid in heaven on the day we each arrive. I am absolutely certain that at your banquet the heavenly hosts are serving catfish with hush puppies and all the trimmings. Enjoy, Chef Nick. You are taking a trail of love with you. Barbara and Charlie Schiappa

Posted by Barbara Schiappa - Carlisle, MS - Friend   August 26, 2019

I thought the world of Nick and his wife I am so sorry we sure will miss him at the Dinner Bell Prayers for the family Mildred Allen

Posted by Mildred Allen - Marshall county, KY - Friend   August 26, 2019

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