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(From his obituary)

William Henry Ryan, age 93, died on Saturday, January 13 (2018) at St. Francis Hospital after suffering a massive stroke. He was born in 1924 in Oklahoma City. He is preceded in death by wife Patricia and their daughter Kathleen Annabell. He is survived by their other two daughters and their husbands: Nancy Flinchum and husband, Gary; Susan Evans and husband, Bill. He also leaves behind their grandchildren, Jim Bouakadakis and Jessi Mayfield, as well as two great grandchildren, Hollie and Collin. He is also survived by wife and companion of 20 years, Kathy, and her children, Joe, Scott, Laura, Angie and Jeff.

From a very young age, Bill worked odd jobs to help support his mother and his four siblings. His strong work ethic was carried with him throughout his life, and was passed down to his children, grandchildren and everyone who worked with him. He joined the US Navy at the age of 18, serving as a gunner on the USS Essex in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was an architectural student at University of Oklahoma and practiced architecture in Oklahoma City and Tulsa for over 60 years, reluctantly retiring at the tender age of 92. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a founding member of its Eastern Oklahoma Chapter. Among others, his outstanding design achievements include the Church on the Hill in Broken Arrow, East Central High School, and the Rose Bowl on Route 66. These Tulsa landmark buildings are a testimony to his unique and pioneering touch.

He was a pilot, a woodcarver, a writer, an artist, and a grand story teller. He shared his love of all kinds of music and fine arts with his family. He enjoyed photography and playing the harmonica. He lived his life fearlessly with passion and gusto. He did things others were afraid to try. His legacy lives on in the people who loved him and the lives he has touched.

(His obituary doesn’t mention that Henry was a student of Bruce Goff’s at OU.)


Wolaver & Ryan
Ryan & Roark, 1962-?


Rose Bowl, Tulsa
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broken Bow
First Lutheran Church, Ada
Elks Lodge, Tulsa

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