Douglas Ryan, of Sheridan, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at his home following a battle with cancer.
Doug was born on April 30, 1928, in Cedaredge, Colo., to Mike and Merle (Packard) Ryan. He was the fifth of six children. Doug was an excellent student, and spent much of his free time working in the orchards of western Colorado. After graduating from Cedaredge High School in 1945, he enrolled at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.
In 1946, Doug enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he served until an honorable discharge in 1949. He served most of his time on Okinawa, rising to the rank of Sergeant and earning the WWII Victory Medal and the Japanese Occupation Ribbon.
During his service, Doug completed training at the U.S. Army Radio School. He continued on that career path after his discharge, enrolling at Electronic Radio Television Institute in Omaha, NE. He came to Sheridan to work as a radio engineer at KWYO in 1950, a post he held for 30 years. After retiring from radio, he worked for Sheridan Public Schools, until his retirement in 1991.
Doug spent his retirement visiting friends and relatives across the country and traveling to antique shows with his wife, Helen. As he had throughout his life, Doug continued to support a number of civic organizations, many of which recognized him with their highest honors. He was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lions Club International, the American Legion, the Elks Club, the Sheridan County Historical Society, the Collectors Club, the Masonic Lodge and Kalif Shrine.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, his eldest brother, Frank, his wife, Helen, adopted daughter, Vicky, and two former wives. He is survived by his children, Gail (Tom) Vanderpoel, Carol (Bob) Krumm, and Kevin (Karen) Ryan; his sisters Margaret Ashhurst and Patricia Vila; brothers Mike and Roger Ryan; two half brothers, Nate and Bob Ryan; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and his devoted friend, Pam.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheridan with Pastor Phil Wold officiating. Graveside services with full military honors will follow in the Elks section of the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will follow at the Kalif Shrine Temple. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sheridan Senior Center at 211 Smith Street, Sheridan, WY 82801 and Hospice of the Big Horns at 1401 W. 5th St., Sheridan, WY 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.