Richard E. "Dick" Ryan

Born: Thu., Oct. 5, 1933
Died: Sun., Sep. 30, 2012


Visitation

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 03, 2012
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Oct. 04, 2012


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Richard E. Ryan

October 4, 1933 – September 30, 2012

 

 

Richard Eugene “Dick” Ryan, 78, of Granger, IN died Sunday, September 30, 2012 in the home of his son in South Bend. Dick, who was known as “The Clock Man”, was born October 5, 1933 in South Bend to the late Josephine (Winrott) and Howard Ryan and was a lifetime area resident. On April 4, 1959 in Osceola, IN he married Betty Jane Haggins and was happily married for almost 49 years until she preceded him in death January 20, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Dorothy Brant, Doris Kolezar and Jack Ryan. He is survived by his children, Katharine M. J. Boes (Joseph) of Niles, MI, Edward A. Ryan (Lori) of St. Louis, MO, and Patrick S. Ryan (Cindy) of South Bend; grandchildren, Heather, Christina, and Evan Ryan; step-grandson, Matthew Boes; and brother, Clarence Ryan (Pat) of South Bend. He is also survived by his faithful canine companion, Schroeder. Dick was a 1951 graduate of Washington Clay High School. He proudly served in the U. S. Air Force from 1952 to 1955 earning the rank of Airman First Class and was stationed in Korea and Japan. He served in the left rear blister as a quad-50 gunner in a B-29 Stratofortress For 20 years he was employed as a Certified Life Underwriter for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. He left that business to pursue his dream of watch and clock repair, starting his own business, The Clock Shop in Roseland and operated it for many years until retiring to Granger. Dick was regionally known for his ability and skill for repairing all types of clocks. He passed the tests to achieve Master Clockmaker status. Many of the grandfather clocks in the local area were delivered and set up by him. He loved to travel and made sure that every year he took his entire family on a real vacation, traveling coast to coast, visiting everywhere from Niagara Falls to Estes Park, CO to California and also rafting down the Colorado River. He also traveled internationally to such places as England, Hawaii and Germany. He and the family’s constant favorite were the Colorado Mountains. He was a loving, caring, selfless father and grandfather (“Grampy”). Dick was also known as a loyal friend, respected neighbor and poker buddy and was always willing to lend a hand. He was involved in the communities where he lived having served on the board of the Roseland Citizen’s Association and Forest Hills Homeowners Association. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 4th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. with Rev. James Campbell officiating. Military honors will follow at the funeral home. Friends may call from 3 until 7 p.m. today in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 130 Red Coach Dr., Mishawaka, IN, 46545 or Pet Refuge, Inc., 2300 W. 6th St., Mishawaka, IN, 46544.

 

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Charitable donations may be made in Richard's memory to the following organizations:

American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Northwest Indiana Office
130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545

Pet Refuge

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