Dr. Ray Darl Ryan Jr.

December 02, 1945 ‒ October 08, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Dr. Ray D. Ryan Jr., 74, of Delaware, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Born December 2, 1945 in Joliet, IL, the only son of the late Ray D. & Oral Ada (Smiley) Ryan. Ray attended High School in Lockport, IL, where he was active in basketball, baseball, and Student Council. Ray pitched a “no-hitter” game en-route to the IL St. Championship. In 1965 he married Marianne Rossetto, his high school sweetheart. Ray was the first person in his family to attend college. He earned his B.S. degree at UW-Stout and his M.S. and Ed.D. from the UM-Columbia.

Throughout his 40-yr career Ray was Assoc Dean and Prof in the College of Ed, The Ohio State University (OSU); Provost/VP of Academic Affairs, Dean of Ed, and Full Prof at Sierra Nevada College; UNLV & ASU Assoc Prof; Deputy Supt of Public Instruction for NV & AZ; Exec Dir of the Center on Educ & Training for Employment at OSU; Pres/CEO of NOCTI; and Pres/CEO of his own successful consulting firm.

Ray received numerous awards including: Distinguished Svc to the fields of Ed & Training in OH, the US, and worldwide; AZ Voc Assoc Distinguished Educator of the Year; Outstanding Int’l Leader from the Int’l Voc Ed & Training Assn; Honorary Doctorate & Honored Prof of The Russian Federation Tomsk Polytechnic Univ; Centennial Distinguished Alumni Award from UW-Stout; Outstanding Leader EPDA 552 Leadership/Research Fellow; Education Dev Professionals Act (EPDA) representative for ND, and the Outstanding Int’l Leader in Tech Voc Ed & Training Award (IVETA).

Dr Ryan was the Lead Project Researcher for the following: US/Soviet Funding, USIA, USSR Nat’l Ed Dev Proj; Partnership for Turkey Ed System; Establishment of small businesses in Poland (World Bank, US Agency for Int’l Dev & USDOL, Bur of Int’l Labor Affairs); & the Hungary Project (World Bank, USDOL).  He also led a group of Professors from OSU for the first-ever Russia/US Ed Symposium.

He also was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Omicron Tau Theta as well as many professional education & training associations.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Marianne; children Kimberley (Jeffrey) Ryan Turner, Kristin (Curtis) Ryan, and Matthew (Melanie) Ryan; grandchildren Isabella & Gabriel Turner, Rosetta Oriel Ryan, and Ryder & Brytin Ryan.

Preceded in death by his parents and sister Charlene Rae Sneddeker, and many special canine friends, including Daisy.

Ray loved fishing, painting, reading, and learning. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren whether it was watching The Ohio State Buckeyes beat “That Team Up North” or enjoying a fresh, warm Krispy Kreme. His family and friends will remember him as a man of integrity who was kind, grateful, humble, loving, humorous and charming.

There will be a private family memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Source Point of Delaware, OH, www.mysourcepoint.org or your local pet shelter or rescue.

To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

 

  • Ray was like a brother to me. He and I had fun together. When he married my sister I was thrilled. They were great ❤. Brought wonderful children into the world.
    I will miss Ray very much. God bless Ray an his marvelous family. Brother Jack💙💙🙏

    • Thanks, Jack, for your kind words. You were like a brother to Ray as well. I can’t even express the whole in my heart, but I know you understand that. He and Jan will watch over us. 🙁

  • I will miss my Uncle Ray, his sense of humor and laughter! He was very kind, a great listener and conversationalist! I especially remember when he took me out in his shiny new corvette, when I was a newly licensed driver, and let me take over the wheel on an Ohio Highway, what a thrill for a teenager…an example of his selflessness!
    In my heart, I picture him being greeted into the spirit realm with an ice cream social (one of his favorite treats), hosted by my mother, with his parents, sister, grandma and grandpa Rossetto, Tom and all the family dogs! 🍨🍦🐶🐾💐💞
    My sincerest condolences to Aunt Marianne, Kim, Kris and Matt and families. I love you all! ❤️❤️❤️

    • Andrea, it’s hard for me to find the words about how I feel since Ray’s passing. Ice cream social is perfect for him in the spirit realm. He certainly enjoyed simple things and all his nieces and nephews.

  • Dear Kim,

    I pray that the many wonderful memories you have of your Dad – fill the broken parts of your heart. This time of loss will be worn like a coat that will be required for many seasons. I hope you will always remember that your Dad is with you (in your heart, spirits, actions, and deeds) – he taught you well … from first steps, education, growing to be a responsible adult, being a Mom, and now being without him. Everything he did in his life was to prepare you for this time. He has done well, and you too will do well.

    Much love,
    Donna

  • I met Ray 20+ years ago when our state utilized the services of NOCTI. Little did I know then, that I would come to be his successor at NOCTI. I found Ray to be a kind and gentle man, freely giving his time to assure that those within the organization he led at the time, were taken care of. I appreciated his guidance and hope that his family can rest easily knowing that Ray was good man that had a positive impact on many around him.

    • John, thank you for your kind words. Ray certainly was a gentle man who enjoyed collaborating with his colleagues.

  • Having worked closely with Ray over the almost twenty years at OSU and NOCTI, I can say unequivocally that his visionary leadership and mentoring made a positive difference in the field of career-technical education not only locally and nationally, but internationally as well. His depth of caring was paramount, first and foremost for his family, to whom I have great sympathy in his passing.

    • Sandy, Ray always enjoyed working with you and thought highly about your many talents. The hole in my heart will remain forever.

  • Ray was one of the first people I met when I began work in the CTE community. He was so kind and welcoming to a very young, uninformed but hardworking young professional. He showed me that kindness, empathy and compassion is not in conflict with leadership. The work he accomplished has had an indeliable impact on the lives of so many in our country and the world. He was a light that shown brightly and will be deeply missed.

  • Marianne and family –
    I am sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I enjoyed the time we worked together at NOCTI and will fondly recall the fun times we had on our road trips — especially the one where he made me drive the Lincoln home from Chicago! I know how much he loved his family and am praying for peace and that your memories will help to carry you through this difficult time.

  • Dear Kim and Ryan family,
    What stays with me about your dad,is his smile. And the light of curiosity in his eyes. I lost my dad when I was in my twenties,but I felt a lot of kinship with your family.Kim ADORED her dad and CHERISHES her family. I feel the same .
    My heart breaks for you Kim, and I only hope the strength of your loving family ,can support you in times ahead. Its not a quick recovery,Its a tribute to carry on,to honor your loving dad.

  • I knew Ray in high school. I lost track of him for a few years after high school. When I heard of his academic success, I was proud and overjoyed that Ray had achieved so much.
    Marianne was the best thing that ever happened to Ray. She was the foundation on which he built his success.
    I am so sorry that Ray passed so young. I was hoping that some day we would meet again.
    To Marianne and his children, you were lucky to have such a wonderful man for a husband and father.

  • Dear Marianne and Family,
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of you and Ray in high school and your visits to Lockport several years ago. I was not aware but not surprised to see all the awards and activities that Ray was involved in during his career. Of course I am not surprised because Ray was an outstanding student and leader while we were in high school.

  • Marianne, I heard about Ray’s passing from Krys. I’m so sorry to hear this. I so enjoyed our visits with Les and Pacita. He was a lovely man. You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Marianne I’m sorry to hear of this loss to you and your family. From high school throughout his life Ray was a good man who made the world a better place by his presence. Sending your family thoughts of love and peace.

  • Dear Marianne & Family,
    I was so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was truly a wonderful Husband and Father and will be missed by all of you! Embrace your fond memories of him and know my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you and give you strength.

  • Marianne I’m sorry to here about the passing of Ray, My prayer for you and your family. I totally understand what your going through.God will bless you during this difficult time.

  • Marianne, children & spouses, grand kids.
    My heart aches for you all! Ray was indeed a kind and thoughtful man. His determination led to so many successful roles.
    We graduated from kindergarten and 8th grade together. My husband and I went to his college graduation party. Ray always had kind and encouraging words for all.
    He will be missed. RIP dear friend.

  • Marianne and family. We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was one of my favorite cousins. I enjoyed talking to him about a year ago and chit chatting on line throughout the years. God bless his sole and peace be will you all.

  • Marianne and Family, Our condolences to you and your family. I went to grade school and high school with Ray. My God bless you and your family. Brenda(Powers) and Bill Ward.

  • Mariaane, I am so sorry to hear of your lose. He was a great kid in hight school who blossomed in to a wonderful adult. I enjoyed our visit here in Illinois before you went back to Ohio. He had every reason to be “cocky” about his academic prowess, yet he was far for that. He was a kind, gentle giant of a man. He was great to have a conversation with !! He LISTENED before he spoke, and therefore his words held weight. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

  • October 12, 2020

    Marianne and family, I just received a call from Dianne regarding the passing of Ray.
    I am proud to say that Ray was a friend of mine and also a great professional associate.
    Ray was one of my hires when I was Director of Vocational- Technical Education at the UND Williston Center. He did an outstanding job in establishing the Architectural
    Program. I could always depend on Ray in many ways. I will always remember his dedication to his profession, and of course to his wife and family.

    On a personal side I often think of our times hunting, playing sporting games and numerous social activities. I had the opportunity to be selected to be a consultant to Ray when he was in Nevada. We always had interesting discussions on a wide variety topics. I followed his career for many years and was proud of his accomplishments!

    Marianne, kids and grandkids you can be very proud of Ray and all his accomplishments, but more important was his dedication to and love for family.

  • October 12, 2020

    Marianne and family, I just received a call from Dianne regarding the passing of Ray.
    I am proud to say that Ray was a friend of mine and also a great professional associate.
    Ray was one of my hires when I was Director of Vocational- Technical Education at the UND Williston Center. He did an outstanding job in establishing the Architectural
    Program. I could always depend on Ray in many ways.

    On a personal side I often think of our times hunting, playing sporting games and numerous social activities. I had the opportunity to be selected to be a consultant to Ray when he was in Nevada. We always had interesting discussions on a wide variety topics. I followed his career for many years and was proud of his accomplishments!

    Marianne, kids and grandkids you can be very proud of Ray and all his accomplishments, but more important was his dedication to and love for family.

  • Marianne and Family, My condolence to you and your family. Ray was a kind, quiet, and a very soft spoken person in Jr high school. We graduated from 8th grade together. He will be greatly missed.

  • Marianne and family; so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts will be with you all thru this difficult time. GOD Bless.

  • Dear Marianne, Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. You and Ray were always such a cute couple. I remember our days at Argonne.
    Take care; we are sorry for your loss; Marilyn (Kozak) and Jim Zeller Mesa, Az.

  • So very sorry, Marianne. So many memories of you both, especially being in your wedding. Then we saw you both in Lockport a few years ago. May God give you peace.

  • I learned that Ray was gone this morning from Les. I thought of our days together in high school and how kind you both were to me. As I swam my laps in the pool in the warm Maui sun I knew that Ray is now somewhere as bright and happy as I felt when I thought of him today. Aloha and Hugs

  • Marianne and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Ray. What a wonderful life you shared together! May your treasured memories bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time and always. God Bless.
    Linda and Stan Fallman

  • Marianne,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I just talked to him recently and am so very happy we reconnected these past few months. We laughed so much talking about the past. He was my daughter Kathy’s Godfather back in 1961 and I loved him, his mother Oral (who was my (best friend) and father Ray who was my first cousin. I didn’t know Charlene very well because she was married and had moved away.
    We moved to Lockport in 1958 for my senior year of high school. You have been in my thoughts so very much and I am so sorry you have lost your best friend. But you will always hold him in your heart, as we all will. If you ever feel like talking please call me. I had to put an e-mail on this but I do NOT have e-mail.

  • Dear Marianne and Family,
    I heard about Ray’s passing from Krys. Prayers and thoughts go out to you all at this difficult time. God bless.

    Margaret Purdy

  • Penny and I are sorry to hear about Ray ‘s passing.Prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.
    Dennis Larson

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