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Walter Dowd Ryan

August 25, 1949 — December 24, 2021


Walter "Wally" Ryan passed away at his home December 24, 2021 surrounded by loved ones.

Wally was a graduate of Cairo High School and went on to join the US Navy where he
served on the first voyage of the USS John F. Kennedy. He later retired as a tow boater in 1999. His love for the river came from growing up and spending much time on his dad's tow boat, The Aubrey Saucer.

Wally was a devout Christian who loved his family and friends and helping others in need.

Surviving is his wife Brenda Mathis Ryan, his daughter Heather Ryan, his granddaughter Ryanna Ryan who he so loving called "Sweet Pea" along with many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

He was preceeded in death by his parents Frank Ryan and Myrtle Henderson Ryan, sister Diane Fowler and two brothers, Jimmy Ryan and Frank "Butch" Ryan.

Memorial Service for Wally Ryan will be held on Tuesday February 22, 2022 at 11am at The Spark Ministries located 40842 IL-3, McClure IL. 62957. Interment will follow at Mounds City National Cemetery in Mounds City, IL. at 1pm.

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