John F. Ryan

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Ryan, John F. Command Sgt. Major, USA (Ret.) NORTH GREENBUSH John F. "Frank" Ryan, 98, of North Greenbush, died peacefully on Sunday, April 21, 2013 with loving family by his side. Born in Troy, Mr. Ryan was the son of the late James J. Ryan and Clara B. Turner Ryan and devoted husband of 65 years to the late Sarah M. "Mickey" Casey Ryan of New Baltimore. Mr. Ryan is survived by his daughter, Sheila, married to Arthur R. Tarbox, Ph.D., of Houston; his brother, Lt. Col. Donald E. Ryan, USA (Ret.) of Kalispell, Mont., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brothers, James E. Ryan of Troy, William J. Ryan of Wynantskill, and sister, Claire T. Germann of Pittsburgh. Mr. Ryan was employed by Montgomery Ward from 1932 to 1942 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. Command Sgt. Maj. (CSM) Ryan had a highly distinguished 26-year military career that included service during World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Vietnam War. His various assignments included message center chief in the 98th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater, chief clerk (plans and training section) of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Tokyo headquarters, ROTC instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., as well as CSM (one of the Army's first to be appointed to the rank) of the Ingrandes Depot Complex in southwestern France. During his years of military service, CSM Ryan was the recipient of many awards and medals that included the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, American Theater, Victory, and Army of Occupation Medals, as well as a medal and certificate from the Polish Forces in Exile. Marksmanship awards included Sharpshooter .30 caliber M1 carbine and Expert M3 submachine gun. CSM Ryan was also honored with numerous certificates of achievement and letters of appreciation. A skilled and accomplished bowler, Mr. Ryan, during pre-service days, led the 120-man Montgomery Ward League. In the Army, he began bowling in Okinawa and rolled the first ABC sanctioned 300 game in the island's history, as well as one unsanctioned 300 game. Competing in the Far Eastern Championship in Korea, he won titles in singles, doubles, and all-events with an average of 222. A third perfect game, unsanctioned, followed in 1960. While stationed in France, he won the all-events title and was part of the doubles championship team that qualified to compete in the European Championship. After retiring and returning to Troy, Mr. Ryan carried a 205 average in the Postal League and, in 1970, competing against 75 of the top area bowlers, finished second to qualify for the finals of Howard Tupper's "TV Tournament Time." He rolled a 266 in the televised competition, but lost to the professional bowler, Jim Lewis, in the final title match. As a senior, Mr. Ryan paired up with his brother, William "Bill" J. Ryan, and won doubles titles in the Troy, Capital District, and New York State competitions. In 2006, Mr. Ryan was inducted into the Troy Bowling Association Hall of Fame for meritorious service. A lover of travel, nature, and the great outdoors, Mr. Ryan's other hobbies included hiking, golf, and fishing with his daughter, relatives, and many friends. To the delight of children and adults alike, he was well known for his holiday candy, made in the tradition taught to him by his father. Mr. Ryan was a dedicated communicant of Saint Michael the Archangel Church in Troy for more than 45 years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of his long and accomplished life on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Saint Michael the Archangel Church, 175 Williams Road, Troy. Interment, with full military honors, will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. At his request, there are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Ryan may be made to Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD. 21201 or Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144. For online condolences, please visit timesunion-albany/

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Published in Albany Times Union on Apr. 23, 2013
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