Daniel J. RyanIssue Date: November 15, 2018
Daniel Joseph "Dan" Ryan, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 with family near him.
Born Dec. 26, 1919 in Marinette, the fourth of five children, to Joseph and Jennie Ryan at the family home, he was the first in his family to go to college and earned a Business Degree from UW-Madison in 1949 after joining his brother George to serve in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed at bases throughout the Pacific as a Tech Sergeant as he would later recount with a smile to his kids, the "bullets whizzed by my typewriter".
Before going overseas, he proposed by phone from his Army base in Maryland to his future wife, Jane Ann Murphy. They met at a sleigh ride in high school and married while he was on leave at a Monday morning Children's Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes on Nov. 13, 1944. They were together for 64 years until her passing.
They raised six children, Thomas (Kathy), John, Kevin (Karen), Mark (Nancy) Jennifer (Kurt) and Dan (Colleen). The couple worked to put their kids through college and dedicated themselves to their children to provide each with love, opportunity and an understanding of the values important in life.
Coming from a family with little means, he began work as a young boy delivering groceries by bike for a dollar a week for Hansen's neighborhood grocery store. He then worked jobs in his school years, including manning the donut making machine at the Lauerman Brothers Department Store lunch counter, where she would pass him a love note as she walked by. After college, he worked many years as a salesman for the former Flintkote Company, traveling northern Wisconsin and the U.P. and then started his own lumber brokerage business, Ryan Wood Resources.
He loved to golf, was an avid reader, liked a good joke and liked telling jokes, loved to exercise, was skilled with household carpentry projects, made a good pea soup and did whatever do-it-yourself projects he thought up. He could carry a tune and they loved to dance and sing, but mostly loved time with many close friends traveling and keeping up with activities in their children's' lives.
His wit and intellect remained strong and he will be remembered as a kind, caring, generous man, as a good Irishman, a dear Dad and will be missed at the family table and at his many stops around town.
He is survived by four children, Thomas (Kathy), John, Kevin (Karen), Mark (Nancy) and Jennifer (Kurt); seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many dear friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jane; eldest son, Tom and siblings, Eleanor, George, Margaret and Pat.
Visitation will be held at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Marinette on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the Parish Hall.
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