Michael Rae Ryan was born May 13, 1944, in Iowa Falls, and passed away Dec. 6, 2022, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. The son of Harold “Toots” Ryan and Melba Ryan, he grew up on a farm in Popejoy, and spent most of his adult life raising a family with his wife, Shirley, in Mount Vernon.

He graduated from Alden High School in 1962, where he was an all-conference two-way lineman for the football team, a starting shortstop and pitcher for the baseball team, and a letter winner in basketball. Mike was a die-hard fan of the Mount Vernon Mustangs, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears, and especially the Chicago Cubs…as well as any team who played the St. Louis Cardinals.

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