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William "Bill" A. Ryan

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“To Mr. Bill's family--I'm sorry for your loss as I know it's been difficult for you. Bill sure did alot of noble things in his life whereas I'm sure...Read More »
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry I was not able to personally extend my sympathy. ”
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“My deepest sympathy to Sylvia and family ”
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“Sylvia and family my deepest sympathy to all of you along with my thoughts and prayers. Nancy Warren-Paliganoff ”
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“Sylvia and family, our sincere condolences on your loss. You are in our prayers. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Gary and Nancy Beall - South Bend, IN

“May Bill rest in the peace of Christ.+ ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Jim Bankowski - South Bend, IN

“Prayers & Thoughts are with all of you. American Legion Aux. Post 284 ”
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“Thoughts & Prayers are with You & Your Family. Deb & Chris Noetzel ”
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“Thoughts are with you and your family. Barb (Cahall) & Donald Waddups & Family ”
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“Our deepest sympathy to all of the Ryan family.Thoughts and prayers from the Graber's ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Bonnie Graber - South Bend, IN

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“My thoughts, prayers, and love go to the Rayan families.I was fortunate to have been a part of their life as a teacher and coach at LaSalle High...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Sacchini - south Bend, IN

“Our hearts and prayers are thinking of all of the Ryan family at this time. Bill is at Peace and can Rest easy now and out of pain. God Bless to all...Read More »
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William A. Ryan, 78, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Healthwin Specialized Care. He was born on September 24, 1938 in Paducah, Kentucky to the late Emery A. and Lorene (Rule) Ryan. On April 22, 1961 Bill married Sylvia Bukowski in St. Adalbert Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana. Bill is survived by his wife Sylvia and one daughter, Kelly Reygaert of South Bend; two sons, Dr. Todd Ryan of Indianapolis, Indiana and Greg (Deanne) Ryan of Cave Creek, Arizona; and five grandchildren, Lynsie, Wade and Kellen Reygaert and Carli and Patrick Ryan.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., with a parish rosary prayed at 3:30 p.m. in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Dr. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service in the church. Full military honors will be conducted at the conclusion of the Mass. Burial will take place at a later date in Sumption Prairie Cemetery.

Bill and his family moved from Paducah, Kentucky to South Bend when he was twelve years old. He graduated from Washington High School in 1956, and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served the community as policeman for seven years, was a pilot for Clyde Williams, in which he did aerial mapping, and also worked for the Bendix Corporation until its closing. He was then employed by the South Bend School Corporation, where he served in the maintenance department for 15 years. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post 50, loved to vacation, and was an avid NASCAR and Notre Dame fan.

Memorial contributions in Bill's honor may be made to Healthwin Specialized Care, The Alzheimer's Association and The American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be left at