Donald E. Ryan

September 11, 1931 ‒ March 26, 2020

Galion, Ohio

Donald E. “Don” Ryan, 88, of Galion passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Galion Pointe.

He was born September 11, 1931 in Galion and was the son of Frank and Anne B. (Gill) Ryan. On April 12, 1958 he married Carrol E. (Tingley) Ryan and she preceded him in death after 61 years of marriage on May 21, 2019.

Don graduated from Galion High School in 1949. He proudly served his country and retired from the United States Air Force where he worked at the Lahm Airport in Mansfield.

Don was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Galion for over 50 years and also a member of the Galion Rotary Club, where he helped build ramps for disabled.

He is survived by daughter Cheree Ryan; son Zane Ryan and grandson Aaron Ryan all of Galion.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three sisters Judy Grogg, Mary Louise Ryan and Betty Jane Ryan.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Fairview Cemetery in Galion with Rev. Ash Welch officiating. A memorial service is tentatively being scheduled on September 11, 2020 at St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Military honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force.

Memorial contributions may be made to Avita Home Health & Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Donald Ryan, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

 

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don was a wonderful person and he truly fought a good fight and kept the faith. May you find comfort in God.

  • Thoughts and Prayers sent for Aaron Zane and Cheree. What a great man. Col. Ryan I remember how he spoke how he was drafted by the Army while in the Air force. Many long talks and memories. May he fly High with Carrol among the angels above.

  • To the Ryan Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Don.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Don was a highly respected member of the 179th Fighter Group/179th Airlift Group and a strong contributor to the enduring success of the unit. I’m sad to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace.

  • My wife and I were good friends with Don and Carrol.
    We were introduced to them by Ann and Jerry Rehbein,
    and met at the Rehbeins each year at Christmas time.
    Don encouraged me to join the KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSO.
    which I have enjoyed for many years.
    We are truly sorry for his passing.
    Bud and Sandy Anderson

  • Gayle and I pass our sympathies to the family. Don always had a smile for everyone and was one of the strengths behind the culture that helped make the 179th the outstanding unit it has been throughout the years. Rest in peace Don.

  • COL RYAN, MAY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST OPEN HIS ARMS TO YOU! YOU WERE A SUPPORTER OF MY CAREER AT THE 179TH AIRLIFT WING. MY WIFE KATHIE & I BOTH RESPECTED YOU & ALWAYS ENJOYED TALKING WITH YOU. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF NEED.

  • Heartfelt Tears May Come And Go
    But Never
    The Precious Memories That Create Them

    George Harmon, Author

  • So sorry to hear about Col. Ryan’s passing. He was my first commander and he hired me for my fulltime position in Services. He was a great mentor & he is a big part of my career of over 25 years. I was blessed to have had him help me in my military career. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time. Vickie West, Chief Master Sergeant, retired, 179th OhioANG