James Richard Ryan, age 86, of Brooklyn, passed away Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018. He was a resident of the Brooklyn Community Estate. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Father Wilkening officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery immediately following the funeral mass. The Altar and Rosary ladies will serve a dinner in the church hall after the committal service. Visitation will be held at Kloster Funeral Home on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m., with the praying of the rosary at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the James Ryan Memorial Fund or to St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery.
James is survived by his twin brother Rev. Philip Ryan of Brooklyn; two sisters-in-law Jane Ryan and Judy Heath; and seven nieces and seven nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brothers Thomas and Jerry and an older sister Joan.
James was born April 28, 1931, in Evanston, Illinois. He was the fourth of five children born to Clinton and Rose Hanson Ryan. The Ryan family moved from Chicago to Brooklyn in 1936. Brooklyn has been Jim’s “hometown” ever since. He graduated from Brooklyn High School in 1949. He served two years in the Marine Corps, one of which was in Korea during the Korean conflict. He spent his working years as a farmer. Even after his active years as a farmer, he maintained an active interest in agriculture.
Eternal rest grant unto James, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace and may the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. AMEN.