Thomas Edwin Ryan, 79, was born on March 2, 1942 to Leola Lillian LaBrue Ryan and Orville Ryan in Anthony, KS. He passed away on October 3, 2021 after living with ALS for five years. He was a graduate of Pond Creek High School and Northern Oklahoma College. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1962 to 1968. Tom was a retired Postal Inspector. He kept busy with his many hobbies: surf fishing, biking, snow skiing, wood working, mechanics, statistician for his boy’s swim teams and years of RV travels with his wife Karen. His childhood was spent in Kansas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. His professional years were spent in Kansas, Louisiana, and Virginia before retiring to Lake Hudson in Pryor, OK
He is survived by his wife, Karen Melott Ryan of 54 years, his son Adam Ryan (Jamie) Rainbow, CA; daughter-in-law Pavlina Ryan, Alexandria, VA; Nicole Hill (Kaileau’s mother) Los Angeles, CA; plus, grandchildren; Kaileau, Ember, Thoren and Natalie. He is also survived by his sister Linda Ryan Wilson, brother Terry Ryan (Barbara), of Pond Creek, OK, half-brother Rusty Ryan, Anthony, KS, half-sister Orvetta Quinsberry, and half-brother, Stewart Ryan as well as many in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Leola Ryan; father Orville Ryan, brother Victor Ryan and his son Aaron T. Ryan.
At Tom’s request, there will be a private memorial service at a later date. He asked to be cremated and his ashes scattered at the Outer Banks, NC and Copper Mountain, CO.
Donations can be made in his memory to: ALS Oklahoma Association, P.O. Box 14482, Tulsa, OK 74159
or Pond Creek-Hunter Alumni Association, c\o Sheron Gates 20056 CR830, Pond Creek, OK 73766
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