Jim was born in Moose Lake, Minnesota, on May 24, 1938, to Herman and Ellen Ryser.
He moved to Spokane in 1947 and graduated from John R. Rogers High School in 1956.
He then enlisted in the US Marine Corp, specializing in Air Craft Control as a Warning Operator.
He was a Safeway store truck driver for 29 years receiving the one million mile Safe-Driving Award.
He became a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus Council #683 and then a Faithful Navigator of the fourth degree.
Jim was a master of all trades.
There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix.
He spent his retirement years faithfully taking care of his family.
He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, and traveling in his motor home.
Jim is survived by his wife, Yvonne; his children, Mike Ryser, Linda Farrington, John Ryser, Theresa Peterson, Daniel Ryser, David Ryser, Linda Romanelli and their spouses, along with 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He also leaves behind his brother Fred Ryser, sister Darlene Hughes and their families and many nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to Medical Oncology, Dr. Chaudhry and staff, and Hospice of Spokane.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ name to Hospice of Spokane, Catholic Charities, or a charity of your choice.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11am and will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 505 W. St. Thomas More Way, Spokane.
Please visit Jim’s tribute and leave a condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to: