Michael Patrick Ryan
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Michael Patrick Ryan, age 68, of Portage, MI passed away November 1, 2011 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence after being diagnosed with cancer in May. Michael was born November 22, 1942 in Chicago, IL, the son of Timothy and Helen (Demakos) Ryan. He was united in marriage to Carol Jochem on October 30, 1965 in Quincy, IL. Michael was a graduate of Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, IL and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from DePaul University in Chicago and graduated with highest honors. Michael also earned a Master of Business Administration with distinction from DePaul University, while beginning a 35 year career in the banking industry concentrating in information technology. Michael's early career was spent in Chicago, followed by a multi-year assignment in Brussels, Belgium. Later he relocated to the Kalamazoo area where he retired from First of America BankCorp as an information technology executive. Michael was an avid reader, investor, storyteller, enjoyed traveling, and fishing on Michigan's many lakes, but most of all treasured time with his family. Michael is survived by his wife Carol; his son, Steven of Ypsilanti, MI; two daughters: Tracy (Chad) Pratt of Indianapolis, IN and and Kathleen (Mark) Chrz of Royal Oak, MI; brother, Kevin (Kim) Ryan of Downers Grove, IL; sister, Diane Orawiec of Alsip, IL; and his nephew, John (Courtney) Orawiec of Champaign, IL; as well as other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Timothy and Gerald. The family would like to thank the staff, nurses, and doctors of Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan for the compassionate care and support of Michael and his family, both at home and at Rose Arbor. The family will receive friends and visitors at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th Street in Kalamazoo, MI from 4:00-9:00 PM Friday, November 4, 2011. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1150 W. Centre in Portage, MI. Interment will be 11:00 AM Monday, November 7, 2011 at Guardian Angel Catholic Cemetery in Rochester, MI (please note all times are Eastern Time Zone). Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Please visit www.langelands.com for online guestbook, memories and condolences for the family.

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Published in The Times on Nov. 3, 2011.
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November 19, 2011

Becky and I are so very sorry to learn today about Mike's passing. Our thoughts go out to you and family. Mike was a good man and I enjoyed our friendship and professional relationship very much. May God comfort all of you during this difficult time.
Mike and Becky Matheis
November 7, 2011
I too work for Mike at FOA. Absolutely the best manager and mentor I ever had. I was so shocked to hear of Mike's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you,Carol.
Kelly McCormick
November 6, 2011
Loucinda Main
November 4, 2011
To: Carol,Steve,Tracy and Kathy, as well as all other family members of Mike Ryan.
We are very sorry for your loss of your beloved husband,father,brother,son-in-law,father-in-law,brother-in-law,uncle and friend. We are never prepared for the sudden loss of someone we love,especially so early,when the loss comes exactly at the point of life where success,relaxation,free time and family enjoyment all converge. May he live on with you through memories,stories,photographs and lessons learned. You have our deepest sympathies.
Marian Jochem & Allen Jochem, Quincy,IL
Sharon Jochem Schmidt & Mark Schmidt,Milwaukee, WI
Sharon Jochem Schmidt
November 3, 2011
I worked with Mike on IT committees in the Kalamazoo area. He was a great mind and good contributor to the groups. His opinions were greatly appreciated and respected. We all have lost a good man.

My condolences to the family.
Gary Meyers
November 3, 2011
I worked for Mike several years ago at First of America. He was a kind and supportive manager, who cared about his staff. He had a great sense of humor and was always ready to share a great story. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family.
Martha Whitcomb
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