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Who Charley Ryan
What Charley Ryan, Writer and Singer of 'Hot Rod Lincoln' Passes Away At 92
When February 16, 2008
Where Spokane, WA

Charley Ryan passed away February 16, 2008.

Charlie was born in Graceville, MN on December 19, 1915. His parents moved to Polson, MT, and he attended school there. He met and married Ruth Scheffler on December 22, 1937 in Polson, and they had three children when he was called to serve in the Army during WWII. After his discharge, he moved his family to Spokane in 1943.

Charlie was a cowboy and spent his life as a songwriter and entertainer touring with his band with Jim Reeves and Johnny Horton, to name a couple. Charlie wrote and originally recorded the "Hot Rod Lincoln" song.

He was a member of the Country Music Association, Dukes Auto Club, Lincoln Continental Owners Club, VFW #1435, DAV #51, and Local #98 Carpenter's Union. He was a member of the Music Hall of Fame in Arizona and Minnesota.

Charlie is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Ruth Ryan, of Spokane, WA; daughter, Beverly Triber and husband, Rick, of Spokane Valley, WA; daughter, Terri Hambrook of San Juan Capistrano, CA; son, Joe Ryan and wife, Carolyn, of Valley, WA; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one grandson, and one great-grandson.

Memorial services were held Friday, February 22, 2008, at 1 PM, in the Alwin Chapel at HAZEN & JAEGER FUNERAL HOME, 1306 NORTH MONROE, SPOKANE, WA.

Following the service, there was be a gathering at Spokane Valley VFW Post 1435, 212 South David, Spokane Valley, WA.

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