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Roy Ryan
Service: Saturday, June 13 at 10 AM
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Churchin the St. Ignatius Chapel


Roy Ryan died peacefully on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Washington, DC at the age of 92. Born in Chrisney, Indiana in 1923, Mr. Ryan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944 and entered into the Naval submarine service as an ensign. After receiving his dolphins, he served as a submarine officer in the Pacific Fleet until the end of World War II, when he returned to the headquarters of the Atlantic submarine fleet in New London, CT. When he arrived, he immediately took leave to return to Evansville, Indiana, where he proposed to Mary Folz, daughter of Frank J. Folz, a prominent Evansville businessman. They were married on January 1, 1946, and returned to New London to finish Mr. Ryan's Naval service. In 1947, Mr. Ryan and his bride returned to take up residence in Evansville, where Mr. Ryan went into the construction business owned by his family. A few years later, he founded his own firm, Ryan Construction Company, which he led until he retired in 1986. He built numerous major bridges or bridge piers across the Ohio, Mississippi and Potomac Rivers, including the substructure to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on I-495. He also constructed a large tunnel and bridge complex for what became the E St. Expressway in Washington. He also founded Inland Marine Constructors, which built tugboats and barges for inland waterway transportation. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan moved to Washington, DC in 1987 and took up residence in Georgetown. He was an active member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Chevy Chase Club, the Army Navy Club and the Civil War Club of Washington. Prior to his arrival in Washington, DC, Mr. Ryan was a founding member and President of the Serra Club in Evansville, a club dedicated to encouraging vocations to the Catholic priesthood. He was also a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, their daughter Mary Josephine and their son Thomas. He is mourned by his surviving children, Roy F. Ryan of Geneva, Switzerland; Catherine Ryan McDonald of Grosse Pointe, Michigan; Daniel F. Ryan of Pasadena, California; John P. Ryan of Palm Springs, California; Matthew J. Ryan of Leawood, Kansas; Anne Ryan Harrison of Washington, DC; and Mary Ryan of Bethesda, Maryland; as well as Christine Coffey Ryan of Bethesda, Maryland, the widow of his son Thomas; along with their spouses, 18 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and countless friends and admirers. Mr. Ryan was predeceased by his brothers, Philip and George. A funeral Mass will take place at the St. Ignatius Chapel at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m. A private interment will take place at a later date in Evansville, Indiana.A funeral Mass will take place at the St. Ignatius Chapel at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m. A private interment will take place at a later date in Evansville, Indiana.

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