Joseph "Joey" Ryan

Obituary of Joseph "Joey" Patrick Ryan

Joseph "Joey"  Patrick Ryan


The sun was shining on September 12, 2020, but our world went dark when Joseph “Joey” Patrick Ryan died from an accidental heroin overdose. Born on November 10, 1977, Joey leaves behind parents Peggy and Bill Beliew of Grand Ledge and Pat and Lisa Ryan of Lansing; sister Christy Arambaula; brothers Michael Beliew, and Matthew and Steven Ryan. Joey was preceded in death by his grandmother Skip “Nonny” Bancroft. He will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends.

Joey graduated from Waverly High School in 1996. Always curious, he loved learning and reading, especially the Holy Bible and Stephen King novels. He admired physical strength and strived to stay fit and active. Joe was quick with a joke and a smile, and he was easy to talk to—he could converse with anyone on almost any topic. However, some subjects were more challenging, like stress and anxiety. That’s why we want to encourage you, if you’re struggling, to reach out to trusted friends and family for support. Joe’s legacy invites us to come together to hold each other up with love—and have meaningful conversations with one another even when it’s hard.

In life, Joey’s star was obscured by clouds and storms. And though it has apexed beyond our vision, his star shines brighter in our hearts now more than ever. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Therese of Lisieux at 102 W Randolph St, Lansing, on Friday, September 18, at 11am with a viewing one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to Advent House Ministries at