Mr. Jerome S. “Jerry” Ryan, Sr. passed from this life Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at his home.
Born October 18, 1934 in Galveston, TX, Jerry had been a resident of Santa Fe for 3 years, previously of Texas City and Galveston. He had been employed with the City of Galveston in the Road and Bridge Department where he retired after many years of service. Known as a hard worker and a family man, Jerry also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gathering oysters with his brothers. Jerry was also a member of BibleBaptistChurch, and had always kept a strong faith in Jesus Christ throughout his entire life.
Jerry epitomized what a “good man” was by always being willing to lend a helping hand to others without hesitation. He could entertain many for hours at a time with his numerous stories. He always loved to make those around him laugh and feel right at home regardless if he has known you forever, or you are just meeting him for the first time. Other than his generous heart, we will miss Jerry the most for his hilarious “Jerryisms” that helped create the character we all came to know and love. He adored his brother Joe who had cared for him so very much in these final years of his life; they shared a brotherhood that was second to none. Jerry will be dearly missed by all, but he will never be forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Linda Pearl Ryan; parents, Peter Michael Ryan, Minnie Bertha (Koch) and Clifford Youngdale; brothers, Pete, William and Jack Ryan.
Survivors include his brother, Joe Ryan of Santa Fe; sisters, Minnie Clawson of Bayou Vista, Margie Mackanerny and Maurine Brown, both of Texas City; son, Jerome Stephen Ryan, Jr. of League City; daughters, Sharon Ann Bradford, Minnie Fay Williams and husband, David, all of La Marque; grandchildren, Brandi Dominy, Kenneth Montrose, II, Dallis Ryan, Selena Alexander, Matthew Ryan, Kimberly Vasquez, Krystal Muraca; great-grandchildren, Makayla Garza, Kay Lee Muraca, Kelsey Phillips, Corey Phillips; numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
The family would like to express a special thank you to A-Med Hospice, Dr. Lena Bruce, his brother, Joe Ryan, nephews, Doug Davenport and T. J. Moore for their loving care during his illness.
Funeral services will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home with Pastor William Purdy officiating. Interment will follow at Grace Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501.
Pallbearers will be Doug Davenport, Jordan Davenport, Brandon Kohler, T. J. Moore, Daniel J. Ryan, Jr., and Shawn Ryan. Honorary bearers will be Albert Bares, Brady McGee, Grady McGee and Earl Wills.
Those who wish may make memorials in the form of donations to the A-Med Hospice, 8901 Emmett F Lowry Expwy, Ste. B, Texas City, TX77591 and/or Abused Children Organizations. www.hayesfuneralhome.com