David Ryan

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David Ryan
88 Years
David was born in 1929 in Reno, Nevada. His parents were Bernice Barnes and Lindsay Bade. His parents divorced when he was a young boy. He lived with his grandmother and attended school in Reno. His father remarried and moved to Vancouver, Washington. They had six children. His mother met and married Archie Ryan. They moved to Washington D.C. and were employed by the Dept of Interior. Archie adopted David and gave him the new name of David Ryan.
When David was 12 years old he was appointed as a Senate Page to Berkeley Bunker, Nevada Senator. It should be noted that David was in the Senate balcony on December 2 when President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his Day of Infamy speech and declared war on Japan. His Page assignment was completed after two years.
David then attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia for two years. David returned to Reno to live with his grandmother and finish school at Reno High School. After graduation, David joined the Air Force. His service years took him to Guam, Japan, and the Philippines where he was stationed at Clarke Air Field in Manila. His unit filmed hundreds of islands in the Philippines. The out break of the Korean War extended his service for an additional year. He returned to Reno and began his college studies at the University of Nevada. In 1955 he married JoAnn. After receiving his degree, David attended the Thunderbird School for International Management in Prescott Arizona.
David was employed by Standard Oil of California for five years. After all the transfers and moves Dave and JoAnn decided to settle in Modesto. With that David started his 36 years as a stockbroker. He was affiliated with Walston & Company, E.F.Hutton, Prudential and A.G. Edwards.
David always remembered that he had half-brothers and sisters who lived in Vancouver, Washington. He reunited with them and has cherished many happy moments together.
During his years in Modesto, he was an active participant on many committees and served 8 years on the City of Modesto's Planning Committee. He served on the Central Catholic school Board, was a Cub Scout leader and, a member of the SOS club for over 30 years. He enjoyed handball, running, baseball, volleyball and watching sports. He enjoyed watching his sons participate in sports and their many accomplishments as husbands and fathers to their own families.
After Dave's retirement in 2003, He enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their, soccer, baseball, football, cheerleading and church programs,
Dave enjoyed traveling with JoAnn. They enjoyed several cruises, Ireland, Scandinavia capitols, Canada, Cowboy Poetry in Elko Nevada. David was proud to be Native Nevadan and remained very close to his many Nevada school friends.
David is survived by his wife, JoAnn of 62 years, his sons Dave (Carrie) and Bill (Pamela); five grandchildren: Trevor (Melinda), Jeanine, Sara (Ryan), Jen and Matt. Half brothers Lance Bade (Helen), Curtis Bade (Cindy); Half sisters Carol Laurie, Lindsay Richardson (Bruce), Connie Olson and many nieces and nephews.
David's family wishes to thank Bethany In-Home Care and Community Hospice for their excellent care.
Private Services. Donations can be made to Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center, 675 Almanor Avenue. Sunnyvale CA 94085.
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Published in the Modesto Bee from July 11 to July 13, 2018
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