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Kenneth R. Ryan
September 19, 1916 - November 19, 2004

Kenneth R. Ryan, 88, Salina, died Friday, November 19, 2004.

Mr. Ryan was born September 19, 1916, in Salina. He was the President and CEO of Ryan Mortuary, Salina and served as chairman of the board until his death. He was a life member of the St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Salina, where he had served as church council president. An elected official for 32 years, he served as Saline County coroner for 16 years and on the Salina School Board for 16 years. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge 60 and Salina Scottish Rite Consistory, 32nd Degree KCCH, The York Rite, Red Cross of Constantine, Isis Patrol and Oriental Band and past potentate of the Isis Shrine. He was a member of the Salina Rotary Club and the Salina Country Club. He was a WWII Army veteran and a life member of the Salina American Legion Post 62 and the 40 & 8; past exalted ruler, Salina Elks Lodge 718; and a member of the Saline Eagle Aerie, Salina Moose Lodge, United Commercial Travelers and the International Order of Odd Fellows. He was one of the oldest licensed funeral directors and licensed embalmers in Kansas, a past president of Kansas Funeral Directors Association and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Janys C., in July 2004.

Survivors include four sons, Stephen C. and wife Lynne; Marc R. and wife Marty; Karl F. and wife Jody; all of Salina, and Eric of Denver, CO; a brother Guy Ryan Jr. of Salina; twelve grandchildren, Scott Ryan, Carrie Wilson, Sonja, Luke, Sean and Ann Ryan, Jordan, Taylor, Evan and Alex Ryan, and Morgan and Madison Miles; and four great grandchildren, Rylee and Amy Wilson and Collister and Will Ryan.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. John's Lutheran Church, 302 South Seventh, Salina, the Rev. Joel Remmers officiating. Entombment will be in the Hillcrest Mausoleum in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.

Memorials are suggested to the St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund, in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth St. Salina 67401.

Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.