American Veteran 04

Robert Eugene Ryan

April 29, 2022


Robert Eugene Ryan, of Sewickley, died on Friday, April 29, 2022. He was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 10, 1945. Most called him "Bob." He grew up in Dayton and attended St Agnes Catholic Elementary school, and Chaminade High School then attended The University of Dayton, where he graduated with a BA degree in English. Bob volunteered to serve in the Navy, where he served as Petty Officer Second Class, and fought bravely in the Vietnam War. Upon his Honorable discharge from the Navy, Bob attended Wright State University where he earned a Masters degree in Education and went on to earn his PhD in Education from Auburn University. During his career, Bob worked as an educator at the high school and college level, and later for the Department of the Navy and Internal Revenue Service, where he retired. An avid sports fan, Bob was a lifelong Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Reds fan. Bob will no doubt still be patiently waiting for his Browns to return to the Super Bowl. Bob was a loving husband and the father of four daughters, whom he adored and loved to travel to visit to help them in their various states of home renovations. In retirement, Bob was an avid writer, researcher, and always full of interest for the next new project. Easy to please, he was a rule follower, lover of words, dreamer, eternally optimistic, with small bouts of Irish melancholy that would lend to you dropping a tear in your beer as you listened to his tales of adventures and misguided relationships and wrongs. It was always easy to empathize with him, as he had a way of pulling you into his story and seeing it from his lens as one of the youngest of 8! The stories of Riverview days, the street he grew up on in Dayton included circus’, train adventures, and serving as an altar boy at St Agnes, entertained us all through the years, as his recipe for Chicken pot pie warmed the soul and heart on the coldest days of January. He loved to cook for those he loved and would often get adventurous there as well- whipping up “hash” which meant blending every leftover together and putting it on a saltine! He loved to research our ancestors and would often weave tales of time gone by and how their journey to America was fraught from Ballybunion to Dayton and the lives they made for themselves. The thrill of a good old handwritten letter from John P Ryan during the days of the civil war would entertain him for months on end! Bob was a kind, gentle soul who never thought twice about helping a friend or stranger. He always had a smile that was infectious and a kind word that was supportive. Always up for grabbing his scope, Bob was an avid birder, anywhere in the world he found himself he was always keen to identify the next new species that would add to his running list... Now at??? Whether fighting off squirrels, or identifying just the right species of gull, Bob took to this hobby teaching us not only about birds but about patience, perseverance, and pride. Bob will be remembered not only for what he accomplished during his lifetime, but also for the impact he made on all those who knew him. From his initial strong and welcoming handshake to his warm hug goodbye, Bob never met a stranger and will be missed by many who loved and cared for him. What would make him happiest, would be to pour yourself a tall one, and reminisce about life’s lessons and cheers to him in the afterlife. Bob was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as past Grand Knight and District Deputy. He was preceded in death by 5 older brothers (who he mostly admired and also gave him hell and much competition), his parents Eugene and Margaret Ryan (who he loved and revered). He is survived by his beloved wife Eileen Ryan, brother and his wife Larry & Deb Ryan and sister, Jean “Sis” Ryan, both of Dayton, Ohio. Bob is also survived by his four daughters, Casi & Curt Hollmann (Franklin, TN), Marci Ryan & Sri Alapati (Cary, NC), Michelle & Michael Knight (Clearwater, FL) Emily Phillips (Washington DC), stepson Rick & Lizann Killmeyer (Philadelphia, PA) and 10 grandchildren- Elizabeth Hollmann, Nate Hollmann, Jon Hollmann, Rebekah Hollmann, David Hollmann, Kaeshev Alapati, Hanorah Alapati, Samantha Knight, Declan and Maeve Kilmeyer. For Bob: Go Reds!, War Eagle!, and Let's go, Brownies! We love you & always will.  Friends received at R. D. Copeland, Irvine Chapel, Sewickley, 702 Beaver Street, Sewickley 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday where a funeral prayer will be held on Thursday at 10 am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. James Church at 10:30 am.  Contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Charities, Ukraine Support Fund at or the Learning Tree Farm, 3376 S. Union Rd., Dayton, OH 45417, or at


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May 4, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Copeland - Irvine Chapel 702 Beaver St. Sewickley, PA

May 4, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Copeland - Irvine Chapel 702 Beaver St. Sewickley, PA

Funeral Mass
May 5, 2022

10:30 AM
St. James Catholic Church (Sewickley)


Knights of Columbus Charities, Ukraine Support Fund

The Learning Tree Farm
3376 S. Union Road, Dayton OH 45417
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