Relatives and friends are invited to meet for the Celebration of Life Service of Mayor Mort O'Ryan, 84, of Willoughby Hills, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church, 34201 Eddy Road, Willoughby Hills. The Rev. Dr. Hazel Partington will officiate. Burial will be at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens.
Mayor O'Ryan passed away Feb. 5, 2014, at Western Reserve Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.
Mort was born Dec. 14, 1929, in Springfield, Ohio.
Mort was the Mayor of Willoughby Hills from 1995 to 2003, and a resident since 1962, after previously residing in Willoughby. He was a member of the Willoughby Hills Lions Club (where he received the Melvin Jones Award), Willoughby Hills Community Days Committee for 25 years, Willoughby South Band Boosters and Athletic Boosters, the Willoughby Hills Veterans Memorial Committee, the Willoughby Hills Recreation Commission, City Council for 16 years, and was instrumental in the development and building of the Willoughby Hills Community Center. He also received the 2006 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Rotary Club of Willoughby.
Mort was a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, where he played football, and attended Fenn and Adelbert Colleges. He was the vice president of Jergens Tool and Specialty Company.
While Mort enjoyed his time serving the community of Willoughby Hills as well as gardening, growing roses, recording movies and listening to big band music, his children and grandchildren gave him the most enjoyment. His family will remember him as a strict, caring, giving and easygoing man who had a great sense of humor.
Survivors are his wife of 63 years, Florine "Flo" (nee Cicchella); son, David (wife Dorothy, nee Morrell) of Michigan; daughters, Sherie (Walt) Ragan of St. Louis, Mo., Kathleen (Vyto) Mekesa of Highland Heights and Nancy of Florida; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, John "Jack" (Beverly) of Nordonia and William (Janet) of Painesville; and sister, Catherine Gibbs Horning (husband Dick) of Middlefield. He was also the favorite brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and godfather of many.
Mort was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Frantz; and parents, William and Marjory (nee Bradford).
Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Mort from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home of Willoughby Hills, 28890 Chardon Road (between Bishop Road and Route 91).
Family suggests contributions may be made in Mort's memory to the Mayor Mort O'Ryan Scholarship Fund Trust.
For online obituaries, condolences and order flowers at www.DeJohnCares.com.
DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home & Crematory
28890 Chardon Road Willoughby Hills, OH 44092
Published in www.News-Herald.com from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2014