Monsignor Ryan Obituary

Monsignor Gerald E. Ryan
Msgr. Gerald E. Ryan
Monsignor Gerald E. Ryan

January 21, 1930 - March 20, 2011
Born in Sioux City, IA
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Msgr. Gerald E. Ryan, 81, died Sunday, March 20, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be 9:30 am, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery.

Msgr. Ryan was born January 21, 1930 in Sioux City, Iowa. He was a graduate of Dowling High School, Loras College, and Mount St. Bernard Seminary. He and his twin brother, Fr. Tom Ryan, were both ordained June 9, 1955. Msgr. Ryan served in the following parishes: Visitation, Assumption, Immaculate Conception as Associate Pastor and served All Saints, St. Anthony�s, and St. Mary of Nazareth as Pastor. Msgr. Ryan also taught at Dowling High School from 1966 � 1972. In April of 1993 Rev. Ryan was bestowed the title of Monsignor. Msgr. Ryan faithfully served the Diocese of Des Moines until his retirement in 2008.

Msgr. Ryan had a great love for music, especially Irish songs. He was an avid dog lover, and was always seen with Tiny and later Snowball. A life time fan of sports, he enjoyed the Yankees, Notre Dame and Dowling High School. His greatest devotions in life were his reverence for Mary, The Mother of God, his respect for the priesthood, and service to his parishioners.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph and Lucy Ryan, sister, Sheila (Ryan) Fahrendorf, and brothers, Dr. Joseph Ryan, Rev. Thomas Ryan and Chaplain John Ryan. Survivors include his sister, Patricia (Ryan) Miller, 23 nieces and nephews, and a good number of great nieces and great nephews.

A visitation will be held at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church from 4 to 8pm, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 where a Vigil Service will begin at 7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of Nazareth, St. Anthony�s, All Saints or Project Hope.

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St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
4600 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
4600 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
9:30 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, March 23, 2011


St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
4600 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310
St. Anthony Catholic Church
Indianola Avenue & SW First Street
Des Moines, IA US
All Saints Catholic Church
650 NE 52nd Avenue
Saylor Township, IA 50313