Charles "Chuc" Robert Ryan died peacefully after a lengthy illness on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Houma. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Katherine "Tati" Aileen O'Neal Ryan; their loving daughters, Camala M. Ryan Scott-Wilson and husband, Malcolm, of Three Cocks, Wales, United Kingdom, and Tricia L. Ryan Landry and husband, Michael, of Houma; one granddaughter, Katelyn Joy Landry; brother, Roland L. Ryan and wife, Dawn Culpepper Ryan, of Baton Rouge; brother, Jerome J. Ryan and wife, Kathye Adams Ryan, of Bogalusa; and his brother-in-law, Dr. P. Louis Cenac Jr. of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman Charles "Mutt" Ryan and Elois Busby Ryan; one sister, Patricia "Patty" Jean Ryan Cenac; his grandparents, Robert Nathaniel Busby and Maxie Coney Busby; his in-laws, Mary Katherine Sanders O'Neal and A. Deutsche O'Neal Sr.; his brother-in-law, A.D. O'Neal Jr. and wife, Lynn Burns O'Neal; and his brother-in-law H. Sanders O'Neal and wife, Karen Butler O'Neal.
As a four-year-old child, Chuc Ryan spent more than a year of his life at the Charity Hospital polio ward in New Orleans. In the early 1940s, he was one of many poster boys for the March of Dimes polio fund raising campaign. Chuc was never supposed to be able to walk without leg braces, but he beat the odds and did not return to regular use of a wheelchair until the late 1990s. As a young man, he had a paper route with the Houma Courier, was a lifeguard at the Legion Avenue swimming pool, and worked as a night clerk at the Thatcher Hotel. He was a graduate of Terrebonne High School's class of 1957. Chuc worked his way through college and was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree from Nicholls State University. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1969 and practiced law in Houma for 40 years. He was a member of the Federal, Louisiana, and Terrebonne Parish Bar Associations, as well as a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives.
Chuc was an Eagle Scout and was affiliated throughout his entire life with troop 311 of the Boy Scouts of America. He also enjoyed photography, gardening, computers, pocket knives, and writing science fiction stories. He has participated in the Louisiana Iris Society and the Krewe of Houmas.
Chuc described himself as an old, short, bald-headed guy with a beard and a limp or a wheelchair. His family describes Chuc as a man who liked to hear and tell a good joke, an old fisherman, and a baker of great bread.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The St. Matthew Relief Fund - South Louisiana Bank, P.O. Box 1718, Houma, LA 70361 or SOLACE, www.lsba.org.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Samart Funeral Home in Houma are handling arrangements.
Samart Funeral Home
635 Bayou Blue Road Houma, LA 70364
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2012