John Ryan

John Joseph Ryan Jr.

Tuesday, April 1st, 1947 - Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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MSG (RET) John J. Ryan Jr
April 1, 1947 ~ September 15, 2020

As a disabled veteran, who served in the US Army Special Forces as a Green Beret, and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, he was full of memories and experiences; ready to share a story. Always ready to defend his Country...a Soldier to the very end.

John was born into a proud military Irish family, instilling the same pride into his own children and grandchildren. The family motto is just as important today as it was yesterday:
'Malo More Quam Foedari' (I would rather die than be disgraced).

John is survived by a large family. Dorothy, his wife; his four children and their spouses: Alvin & Dodie, Ronnie & Jen, Renee & Jon, and John J Ryan III. He also leaves behind his 4-legged son, Max; grandchildren, Nicole, Jessica, Dillon, Cody, Brandi, Mark, Morgan, Kelci, James, Madison, Samuel, Chace, and Tanner; great grandchildren, Makayla, CJ, Harmony, Athena, Anastasia, and Marina Rose; his sister and her spouse, Kathleen and Roger; as well as their son and his spouse, Adam and Natalie.

John was preceded by his parents, John Sr. and Veronica Ryan, as well as his little brother, Michael; and his 4-legged soulmate, Annie.

John is going to be celebrated in an Irish Wake on Sunday, Sept. 20th at his sister-in-law’s home in Middletown, DE.

To honor John, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the or

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, that, we still are.

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