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Rev. Thomas J. Ryan


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Rev. Thomas J. Ryan

The Reverend Thomas J. Ryan, a priest of the diocese of Sioux Falls, died in Johnston, Iowa on January 17, 2017 at the age of 88. His body was donated to the Creighton University Medical School of Omaha. His Memorial Mass will be held Monday, February 27th at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph the Workman in Huntimer, South Dakota.

Father Ryan was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, on May 2, 1928, the fifth of ten children of William and Mary (Grady) Ryan. His childhood and early teen-age years were spent in Ethan and Mitchell. As a high school and college student he spent his summers working on his family's construction company building concrete elevators and grain storage facilities throughout the Midwest, southern and mountain states.

He attended Mitchell Public Schools and Notre Dame Junior High School before enrolling in St. John's College Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota where he began his studies for the Catholic priesthood. After high school and two years of college at St. John's University he studied philosophy and theology at the St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota before his ordination in the St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, on January 31, 1954. He did graduate work at the South Dakota State University, Brookings, where he majored in Communications and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in preparation for his work in the Diocesan Matrimonial Tribunal.

Father Ryan served in parish and chancery assignments in the diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota for forty-eight years before retiring in 2002. During his ministry he was editor of the Bishop's Bulletin for twenty-eight years, a teacher at O'Gorman High School and Presentation College in Aberdeen, an Assistant Priest in the Cathedral parish, Sioux Falls, and Pastor of parishes and their missions at Mellette, Aurora, Harford, Huntimer, Sioux Falls (St. Lambert), Yankton (Sacred Heart), Tea and Beresford. He also served as Secretary to the Bishop, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies and Presiding Judge of the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal.

He is survived by two sisters and one brother, several nieces and nephews and an extended family. A private Memorial Mass will be offered for his repose when the cremated remains of his body are released by Creighton Medical School, Omaha.

Memorial contributions can be directed to the Presentation Sisters in Aberdeen, South Dakota to continue their missionary work. The address is 1500 N 2nd Street Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401.
Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 19, 2017
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