Chaplain Ryan, BG, Ret. Obituary

Chaplain John R. Ryan, BG, Ret.
Chaplain John R. Ryan, BG, Ret.
Chaplain John R. Ryan, BG, Ret.

October 24, 1923 - November 11, 2010
Born in Sioux City, IA
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Chaplain for 29 Years to The National Guard, John R. Ryan died at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa November 11, 2010, on Veterans bay. He had been granted a certificate of Service Award entitled to "Brigadier General John R. Ryan", April 14, 1984. He was also awarded a Medal of Honor from the same National Guard on June 27, 1984.

Other clerical assignments besides the Guard were: Our Lady of Fatima, Portsmouth, IA; Dowling High School, Des Moines, IA; St. John's, Cumming, IA; St. Mary of Nazareth, Des Moines, IA; and St. Theresa's, Des Moines, IA.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph and Lucy Ryan, an older sister, Sheila Fahrendorf, and older brother Joseph Ryan, and a younger brother, Rev. Thomas Ryan. Still living are two siblings, Patricia Miller and Msgr. Gerald Ryan. Still living also are 23 nieces and nephews, plus a good number of great nieces and great nephews.

The ability to make friends, to entertain people with songs and piano, to influence students as an English teacher and religion teacher were among his talented gifts. His English students remember him well for their assignments to memorize the prologue of the Canterbury Tales.

A visitation will be held at Westover Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, November 14 with a Vigil service at 4 p.m. The funeral Mass will be at St. Mary of Nazareth, Monday at 10:30 a.m. with burial following at Glendale Cemetery. The family requests any memorial donations be made to St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church, Des Moines, IA.

ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES FUNERAL HOMES ~ WESTOVER CHAPEL.

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Cemetery
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Visitation
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, November 14, 2010
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
4600 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, November 15, 2010
10:30 AM

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St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
4600 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310