Gerald "Gerry" Ryan
Salinas - Gerald "Gerry" Ryan was born on 03 10 1926 to John Ryan and Margaret Balestra Ryan. He grew up in the Salinas Valley, after high school and junior college, he joined the U.S. Army.
He met and married Marian Rosa Ryan in 1956, and they raised their son Tim in Soledad.
Gerry loved to cook and barbecue and was involved for many years in the Foresters, American Legion and the Knights of Columbus in Soledad.
He was very proud of his Swiss heritage and was a member of the Monterey County Swiss Club.
He worked as a rancher, farmer and was an ammonia refrigeration engineer until his retirement from Growers Ice Company in 1990.
After retirement, he devoted himself to fixing things on the family ranch, helping his son and grandson with the cattle herd and using his mechanical talents to help others, be it building a wood splitter or fixing a well pump Gerry could be counted on to fix it. He loved family barbecues and being a grandfather. He was a staunch supporter of the Salinas High Football team while grandson Kevin played.
Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marian, brothers John (Jackie) , Robert and Larry, and sister in laws Harriet Ryan (Bob), Eleanor Burns (Chuck) and Niece Toni Kay Skinner .
He leaves behind his son, Tim (Nina), grandchildren Kevin and Rachel Ryan, and great- granddaughter Ailee Jean Ryan.
He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews
The family would like to thank the care teams at Carmel Hills Care Home for the wonderful care they have provided for the past two years.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Struve and Laporte Funeral Home, 41 West San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901.
Burial will be private.
The family will have a Celebration of Life at the family's ranch at a later date.
For more information please visit Struveandlaporte.com
Published by The Salinas Californian from Jun. 17 to Jun. 18, 2021.