RYAN, Jr., Leo A.|
93, of Riviera Beach, Florida passed away on August 23, 2014. Born on July 7, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Leo A. Ryan, Sr. and Mary L. Patrick Ryan. Leo proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps a flying officer in WWII. Leo was assigned in the base hospital as a cook where he was lovingly named by the crew, the Flying Mess Sergeant. He was shot down, captured and held as a Prisoner of War. He was highly decorated and was a recipient of 3 Purple Hearts. In 1943, Leo married Elizabeth Rizk until she passed away in 1985. He later married Jane Ryan on June 10, 1988. Leo was co-founder of the Ryan Agency, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a representative of Allstate Insurance Company from 1954 until retirement in 1989. He was Past Commander of the New Brunswick D.A.V, Past President of the North Brunswick Lions Club, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, North Brunswick Police Reserve. He was a member of the American Legion, Veteran of Foreign War, Purple Heart Association, and X-POW Staglog Loft III. A loved and cherished husband, father and grandfather. Leo is survived by his wife Jane Ryan; children Leo A. Ryan, III, Judge Edward J. Ryan, and Mary Lou Ryan Rosta, William Sheehy, Daniel Sheehy; Grandchildren Gillian, Leo, Katie, Keelan, Reyleigh, Ryan, Elizabeth, Edward, Kristin, Andrew, Matthew, Chelsea, Dillon and Rachael; 7 Great Grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 27th from 2-5 PM, Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter. Leo will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery where he will receive the military honors he so deserved. Leo was a one of a kind man who "did it his way". May he rest in peace.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2014