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Terry Ryan

Terry “T Ryan” Ryan died Feb. 10 in Grass Valley. He was 68.

A celebration of life will be held in Nevada City at a future date.

Mr. Ryan was born on March 14, 1939, on a ranch in Reno, Nev. He was a country western singer/songwriter whose top 10 country western hits included “Party Girl” and “If Only for Today.” His musical career started in Marin County, where he was known as the singing “bread man,” working as a bread salesman for the original Kilpatrick’s and Rainbo Bakery, writing, singing and playing guitar as a side job. He moved to Ukiah in Mendocino County in 1977, where he lived and entertained until sidelined by a stroke in 2000. He moved to Nevada City in 2006.

Mr. Ryan played and sang his original scores in clubs and hotels from Konocti in Lake County to Ukiah and Fort Bragg on the coast. His music reflected his life: A tough upbringing, a horseman, independent thinker and hard-working bread truck driver.

Mr. Ryan is survived by his wife of 37 years, Delamy Murphy Ryan, of Nevada City; daughters Teri Adams and Tina Woods, both of Washington; son, Ryan Runyon of Upper Lake; brother, Steven Runyon of Cameron Park; sister, Sharon Baierlein, of El Dorado, and grandchildren Danialle, Danial, Jason, Jessica, Justin, Crystal, Briana and Tanya.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvin “Pat” Julia Hysler-Witaschek and Edgar Paul Runyon.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.

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