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RYAN, Edward Cornelius --- 1911-2011

REGAN, RYAN, LARKIN, JENSEN, TAYEK, HOWES

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Date: 11/19/2011 at 20:36:14

Edward Ryan

Edward C. Ryan, 99, of Waukon died Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 10 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Joseph Schneider and Rev. Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg officiating. Burial with military graveside rites was held in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Edward Cornelius Ryan was born October 5, 1911 in Waukon, the son of Edward J. and Ella Elizabeth (Regan) Ryan. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. Edward attended Jefferson #8 country school in rural Allamakee County, graduated from Waukon High School in 1929 and attended Waukon Jr. College studying Chemistry.

August 1, 1942 he married Eleanor Clemence Larkin at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. He worked at the Oliver Tractor Plant in Charles City before being drafted into the United States Army during WWII. Edward was a Sergeant with the 280th Combat Engineers Battalion from 1943 until 1945. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was stationed in the Rhine Valley and Central Europe. After the service Edward and Eleanor started farming in Jefferson Township, where they raised beef and dairy cows, chickens, hogs and grain crops. They retired in 1981 when they moved to Waukon. Edward helped his son, Jim, in the plumbing business for a short time.

Edward was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed playing cards, listening to music, dancing, traveling with Eleanor on bus trips across the United States, working in his garden and woodcarving. Edward also enjoyed spending time with his family and following his children and grandchildren in their activities.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor of Waukon; his children, Clement (Carolyn) Ryan of Swisher, Mary (Richard) Jensen of McGregor, John (Sherry) Ryan of Ankeny, Robert (Deborah) Ryan of Waterville, Donald Ryan of Independence, and James (Linda) Ryan and Ann Ryan, both of Waukon; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alice Tayek of Waukon. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Constance Howes; and a brother, Charles Ryan.
Casketbearers were Allen Ryan, Sean Ryan, Chris Ryan, Nic Ryan, Andy Ryan and Chad Stamper.

The Waukon Standard, September 14, 2011


 

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