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Richard "Rick" Ryan
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Cedar Rapids


Richard "Rick" Ryan, 62,
of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha.
Rick was born Nov. 16, 1953, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Rodney and Catherine (Kirk) Ryan. He graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines and Area 11 College in Ankeny. On Feb. 15, 1974, he married Gayle Oxberger in Des Moines. Rick worked as a drafter at Amana Refrigeration/Whirlpool Corporation for nearly 40 years. He will be remembered as a true family man who enjoyed spending lots of time with his grandchildren. He was humble and always put everyone before himself. In his free time, he liked bird watching, woodworking and being in nature. Rick was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle; mother, Catherine "Pud" Elliot of West Des Moines; sons, Jonathan (Stacy) Ryan of Ames and Paul (Rita) Ryan of Honolulu, Hawaii; sisters, Cathy (Larry) Fairfield of Laramie, Wyo., Annie (Tim) Huckabee of Des Moines and Kelli (Kenny) Krauss of Los Angeles, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Isaac, Nora, Emrick, Kiernan and Mave.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rodney; stepfather, Tim; and his infant son, Jason Kirk Ryan.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids, with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday,
Oct. 8, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Christopher Podhajsky. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Memorials are suggested to the Immaculate Conception Building Fund, Hospice House of Mercy or the Anna Purna Ghosh Foundation.
Please share your support and memories with Rick's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Posted on Thursday, 6 October 2016