Submitted by Family
James Roy Ryan left this life May 1, 2022 peacefully, holding the hand of his loving and beloved wife Carol. He was born August 12, 1946 to Julia Mae and James Roy Ryan, Lt. Colonel USAF (Ret.), their second child of six and only son, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Jim, as he was known, was a well-known musician in Texas, taught music, authored, recorded, and published curricula for elementary schools.
In Jim’s childhood and young adult years, military life took the family across the country and the world, including assignments at Air Force bases in San Antonio, where Jim was to put down roots.
Jim loved all kinds of music, a multi-generational family tradition that manifested itself early in his life. His Osage Great-Grandfather Franklin N. Revard, played the fiddle, Grandmother Pearl I Devine was a classically trained pianist and mother was an accomplished pianist. Jim’s Osage uncle, Bob Revard, gave him his first guitar at age 11. Soon after, and from that time forward, music was his passion, and the star by which he steered his life. By 15, he was playing in a Folk & Pop music trio, which quickly transitioned into the popular Rock & Roll band, THE OUTCASTS, known for their top 40 hit song “I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining” (1966) and other recordings. They went on to share billing with internationally recognized bands, including the 13th Floor Elevators and Herman’s Hermits, and were admired by fans across the South Texas region.
Within a few years, after the birth of his treasured son, Justin Dominic Ryan, Jim completed a Bachelor’s Degree in music from Incarnate Word University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio. In his second career as a music educator, he taught in the Edgewood and Northeast Independent School Districts of San Antonio until his retirement in 2005, and he established his own printing press, publishing self-authored bi-lingual musical plays and arrangements used in school districts across Texas and beyond. Throughout this time, Jim continued to perform live and online, leading his own band in the 1980’s and 90’s, Ryan’s Express, and appearing as bassist with acts as diverse as Augie Meyers and Steve Perron.
In 1999 Jim was rewarded with the birth of his cherished daughter Kendall Caroline Chapman-Ryan.
Jim Ryan was active in Osage tribal affairs for over a decade uniting Osages on social media by founding and maintaining Texas Osage Association and Osage for Fiscal Responsibility Facebook pages. He planned, organized and conducted numerous Osage Candidate Gatherings assisting all Osages to make informed decisions. He volunteered his time to the Osage Shareholders’ Association, producing the organization’s Newsletter. Ever the educator, he appeared with daughter Kendall as recently as 2018 to conduct musical educational outreach to support youth literacy in the Osage Nation.
Jim is survived by his wife Carol, children Justin Ryan and his wife Lara, of New York, NY, and daughter Kendall Caroline Chapman-Ryan of the home. He was preceded in death by His parents and sister, Loretta Hopp. He is survived by four sisters, Kathy Markette, Austin, TX; Patty Colbert, Oklahoma City, Susan Forman, Tulsa, OK and Melissa Ryan, Edmond, OK, and numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, and many lifelong friends.