Ted Ryan

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    - Rico Tempel
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Ted Ryan, long-time resident of Juneau, passed away at his home in Dusty, Washington on December 22nd after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 84. Ted was born and raised on a farm outside of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, by his mother and grandmother. After high school, Ted enlisted in the Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman during the Korean War. After his discharge, he worked in logging outside of Sedro-Woolley for a few years, then married Marilyn Vincent and they moved their young family to Juneau in 1959. Ted worked for the Juneau School District in facilities maintenance for many years. In the early 70s, Ted and Marilyn worked for Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, coming back to Juneau in 1975. Ted worked in welding and heavy equipment maintenance, and before retirement he worked in both the downtown and valley Lyles Hardware and Furniture stores.
Ted and Marilyn raised five children "out the road" from Auke Bay, and later and later helped to raise four teenage nieces and nephews. They built a house on homestead property and enjoyed a self-sufficient lifestyle. Ted was happiest building and creating a home for his family. He loved fishing the Juneau waters on a series of boats, and fall hunting trips up Taku River with his buddy Joe Whiting. He was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Auke Bay Volunteer Fire Department, and served as an elder at the Chapel By the Lake for many years. In the mid-90s, Ted and Marilyn retired to their vacation cabin in Gustavus.
When Marilyn's health declined, they moved from Alaska back to Washington, settling in Longview for a few years. When Marilyn passed away, Ted moved over to Dusty with his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Laura Ryan. He enjoyed the work of shoring up the old barn, mowing meadows and trimming trees. He and Jim enjoyed many hours of tinkering on old cars in the shop, and making their old farmhouses comfortable. Ted was an active member of the Country Bible Church for several years until his health declined.
Ted's wife Marilyn preceded him in death. He leaves five children: Laurie and Ruth, both of Alaska; Jim (Laura) of Dusty, WA; Tim (Carolee) of Alaska/North Carolina; and Robert of Portland, Oregon. He also leaves nieces Ruth Vincent, Kathy Thomas, Freddy (Delton) Cummins, Norma (Bill) Wivoda, and Stu Vincent, all of Alaska, and Chrissy (Reed) Van Sickle of Portland, Oregon. Ted leaves seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The Ryan family wishes to thank the Gentiva Hospice staff of the greater Pullman area whose support and guidance helped the family immensely to make it possible for Ted to be home during his last few months. Later this year, the family will gather to bury Ted and Marilyn's ashes at the family plot near Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Cards can be sent to the Ryans at 2523 Teslin Street, Juneau, AK 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 14 to Feb. 13, 2016
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