Thomas Ryan. Submitted photo
Thomas Ryan. Submitted photo

Thomas Ryan, age 94 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Valley Villas, Spring Valley.

Tom was born May 11, 1922, to John W. and Annie L. (Ward) Ryan in Belle Creek Township, Goodhue County, Minnesota.  After grade school, he spent four years in a preparatory seminary in St Paul.  On October 30, 1943, he married Gloria Vinge.  They were married in South Carolina where Tom was serving in the U.S. Army.

After Tom was discharged from the Army, they moved to Red Wing, Minnesota and next to St. Paul Park, and then moved to Ellsworth, Wisconsin.  They owned and operated the Rush River Bar for 9 years and then worked at 3M for 23 years until retiring.  They enjoyed all their family gatherings, and travelling together.  They visited all states except Alaska and Hawaii.  They also took a trip to Ireland.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Gloria; his 11 siblings; and 2 grandchildren: Kevin Slocum and Nathan Fischer.

Survivors include 3 daughters: Jacquelyn (Jerry) Slocum of Ellsworth; Diana (Terry) Fischer of  Beldenville; and Sheila Lacoier of Menomonie; 2 grandsons and 3 granddaughters: Jeff and Shawn Slocum; Michelle (Mike) Broderick; Kelly (Jason) Bundy; and Kari (Justin) Abrahamson; 6 great grandchildren: Taylor Kislenger, Bradley Fischer, Darren Abrahamson; Anessa and Dakaria Scherr, and Ryan Broderick; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation is Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley.  Funeral Mass is Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. following the visitation at Sacred Heart.  Burial is in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Ellsworth.  Military honors performed by American Legion Post 204 of Ellsworth.

Pallbearers are Jeff Slocum, Shawn Slocum, Michelle and Mike Broderick, Brad Fischer, Taylor Kislenger, Jason and Kelly Bundy.

Keehr Funeral Home (www.keehrfuneralhome.com) handled arrangements.