Norbert D. Ryan, a lifelong resident of Rochester, passed away at Saint Marys Hospital on April 18, 2017. Norb was born in Rochester on June 4, 1930, to Gerald and Eunice Ryan. He married Jacqueline L. Ramthun on Oct. 25, 1952, at St. John's Catholic Church, Rochester. He graduated from Lourdes High School in 1948 where he played football, basketball, and baseball, playing in two state high school basketball tournaments. After graduating from RCTC, Norb proudly served our country in the Korean War from 1950-1954. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Gunnar Mate and Quarter Master on the USS Prairie. Norb worked as plumber and later as a shop foreman for 38 years. After retiring from HiMEC, he worked in maintenance for the Rochester Public Schools for seven years. He was an active member of the Rochester community as a youth football, baseball and basketball coach. He served as manager for the Rochester Spartans American Legion baseball team. Norb was a member of the Rochester Park Board for eight years during which time he was instrumental in the construction of Rochester Recreation Center and the development of the Rochester Youth Basketball Association. He was active in Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) and delivered inter-office mail for the Rochester Fire Department. He served on the Rochester Fire Civil Service Commission for six years. Norb was a member of the Plumber and Pipefitters Union Local 6 for 60 years, St. Francis Catholic Church, and the American Legion. Norb was a true Irish man known for his sense of humor, quick wit, and his love of Lourdes High School and the University of Notre Dame. He was a proud family man who enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Norb was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jackie Ryan; his parents; a sister, Patricia Freund; and a grandson, Brandon Harris. Norb is survived by his sister, Betty Fogarty, Clayton, N.M.; and his children, Kelli Harris, Russell Springs, Ky., Tim (Lori) Ryan, Rochester, Jay (Eileen) Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, Gary Ryan, Rochester, and Chris (Lynne) Ryan, Rochester. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Stacy Harris-Riggs and Todd Harris, Russell Springs, Ky., Kristin and Andrea Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, Paul Ryan, Chicago, Aaron and Matt Ryan, Rochester, Erika (Ryan) Trower, Byron, Wyatt and Jack Ryan, Rochester, and Kayla, Cassidy, and Hannah Oakley, Rochester. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Hailey, Alexis and Carley Trower, Byron, Crosse and Devin Riggs, and Kobe Overby, Russell Springs, Ky. He is also survived by has beloved cat, O'Malley. The funeral service for Norb will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 24, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, with the Rev. Peter Schuster officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery of Rochester following the funeral with military rites provided by the American Legion Post 92. Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com .
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