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Arden - Robert Xavier Ryan, 83, of Arden, died Friday, November 23, 2012.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Ryan was a son of the late Louis and Jane McGinnis Ryan.
He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War where he served on the Navy's elite Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) and achieved the rank of Lieutenant JG. Robert spent 23 years as a Special Agent with the FBI before retiring from the Bureau in 1984. He went on to become Chief of Security for the Olympic Village at UC Santa Barbara during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Ann Evers (Peg) Ryan of Arden; daughter, Mary Jane of Seattle; and sons Robert Xavier Ryan, Jr. of San Diego, and Patrick Ryan and wife, Kathleen Cook of Asheville.
A prayer service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. Frank J. Seabo officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Memory Care of Asheville (www.memorycare.org)
The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 29, 2012