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William Francis Ryan, 76, of Round Lake Park, died Oct. 20, 2013 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill.
He was born June 8, 1936 in Streator, Ill. to Ralph and Wanda (Defenbaugh) Ryan. On Dec. 19, 1959 he married Donna Semenec in Connecticut.
He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy retiring with the rank of Chief in 1973. He was then employed for 16 years with Baxter as the maintenance supervisor of the Round LakepPlant.
William was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at Renwood County Club in Round Lake and going on his weekend golf trips. He also enjoyed fishing for catfish at Lake Vermilion, hunting pheasant and rabbit, reading, writing and watching television documentaries. He especially enjoyed thier family reunions and cookouts.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Donna; five children, John (Dawn) Ryan of Sandy, Oreg., Wanda (Jim) Watkins of Malvern, Ohio, Kim (Charles) Johnson of Trevor, WI, Laurie Petrillo of Burlington, Wisc., Patrick (Casey) Ryan of Grayslake, Ill.; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; his mother, Wanda (the late George) Neu of Streator; and a sister, Beverly Keesee of Streator.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Ryan.
Visitation was set from 4 to 7 pm, Oct. 24, 2013 at Justen's Round Lake Funeral Home, 222 W. North Rosedale Court, Round Lake, Ill. A memorial service was to follow.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, 100 Tri State International, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
For information, call 847-546-3300, or visit www.justenfh.com.
Justen's Round Lake Funeral Home
222 North Rosedale Court
Round Lake, IL 60073
Published in Lake County Suburban Life on Oct. 25, 2013