On February 20, 2018, June Ryan peacefully passed away due to the natural progression of the aging process. She was 93. June was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph and son, Michael. She is survived by her son, Timothy, and daughters-in-law Lynn and Katie.
June led a full and eventful life. She was born June Evelyn Barrett on May 28, 1924 in Montour Falls, New York, to Albert and Pearl Barrett. She received a full academic scholarship to Cornell University where she earned a B.S. degree, played tennis, and met her future husband Joseph Ryan. World War II changed their lives. Joseph joined the Army Air Corps and flew 51 missions over Europe in a B-24 bomber. Joseph returned to the Air Force for the Korean War, and he also served in Vietnam.
Moving was part of life in the service. June had homes in many locations - Texas, Germany, Colorado, Okinawa, and California. She took great pride and cared deeply for her two sons . The elder, Michael, graduated from the Air Force academy where he was the two-time NCAA cross country champion. Michael went on to get a law degree and practice law in California. June's second son, Timothy, had a number of careers and interests but eventually received a graduate degree in Computer Science. He recently retired as an Oracle Database Administrator for a leading edge international internet marketing company.
June lived on Vandenberg AFB in the early 1960s and Timothy attended Vandenberg Junior High. They then moved to Okinawa for 3 ½ years only to return to Vandenberg in late 1969. Joseph retired from the Air Force and Lompoc became June's home for good. She took a job at Vandenberg as an Administrative Assistant, where she worked for 24 years before retiring. After retirement, June continued to work as a volunteer at the 30th Space Wing Legal Office at Vandenberg.
June has many, many friends in Lompoc, too many to list here. One person in particular, Mary Sharp, deserves special mention for her tireless efforts in caring for June and making her last year with us pleasant and trouble free. We thank you Mary and no doubt, June too thanks you for making her final days beautiful and peaceful.
We are also grateful for the care June received though Lompoc Valley Haven adult day program, and from the caregivers from At Home Senior Services. Thank you.
There will be a memorial service for June on Saturday, March 17th at 11am at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Lompoc. A reception will follow the service at St. Mary's.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lompoc Valley Haven, http://www.lompocvalleyhaven.org, or to Dignity Health Hospice, 425 W. Central Ave. Ste 101, Lompoc, CA 93436 or to a charity of your choice.