Richard J. Ryan – Captain, United States Marine Corps

Captain Richard J. Ryan, United States Marine Corps Retired, 94, of Kennett Square died Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at Chester County Hospital.

Captain Ryan was born in Elyria, Ohio. He was the son of the late Denis J. and Agnes K. Ryan.

He was a 1927 graduate of Elyria Catholic High School.

He entered the Marine Corps in 1934 and served during both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was an Experimental Test Pilot as well as an Aerologist. Captain Ryan honorably retired after thirty years of service.

Captain Ryan was a company pilot for the All American Engineering Company. He then worked for the Naval Air Engineering Center as a Mechanical Engineer and retired in 1975.

Captain Ryan was a member of the Silver Eagles Washington, D.C. Wing (Enlisted Pilots Association). He was an active member of the USMC League Chester County Detachment.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kennett Square.

He served as an East Marlboro Township Supervisor.

He was a member of several other organizations including the VFW Post #5467, the Kennett Square American Legion Post and the Awesome Great and Grandfather’s Club.

Richard is predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Marian K. Ryan and his oldest son, R. Michael Ryan, and one granddaughter, Leah K. Ryan.

He is survived by nine children, J. Patrick Ryan of King of Prussia, Janey Gifford of Warminster, Kate Ryan of Clearwater Florida, Thomas J. Ryan of Broomall, Marne Ryan and William D. Ryan of Anaheim California, Timothy J. Ryan of Clearwater Florida, Stephen J. Ryan of Thornton, Pennsylvania, Peter J. Ryan of Kennett Square, fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday March 9, 2007 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 218 Meredith Street, Kennett Square.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the following: Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, Pennsylvnaia 19348; Pocopson Home, 1695 Lenape Road, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382; Red Clay Valley Association, Wawaset Road, Unionville, Pennsylvania 19375.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 11/18/1912
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/06/2007

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