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NEAL E. RYAN, 70 ROCKFORD - Neal E. Ryan, 70 of Rockford, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in his home. Born Feb. 24, 1944, in Rockford; the son of Joseph and Bernice (Hollister) Ryan. As a young adult, Neal was a Phantom Regiment drum line member. He was excellent drummer and for many years performed with local band, Two Plus Two. Former English teacher at Lincoln Middle School from 1968-1978. He was an avid historical film buff. For the last twenty years, Neal shared his love of the Medieval Period with his family by attending Renaissance Faires all over the country. Many fun weekends were shared attending Ren-Faire with his son, Larry. He is survived by his son, Larry E. of Rockford; daughter, Christina Doane from Santa Clara, Calif.; grandchildren, Nathaniel, Andrew and Rebecca, all from Santa Clara, Calif.; siblings, John from Charleston, S.C. and Alan from Rockford; special friend, Mary Butler; cousin, Sue and Karl Park and their son, Kendell; and cousin, Tim Porter. Predeceased by his parents. The family would like to thank Neal's "Ren-Faire" Lords and Ladies. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford . Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, in Fred C. Olson Chapel. Memorials to the family. To share a memory or online condolence, please visit olsononfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from July 5 to July 6, 2014
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