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Michael D. Ryan

February 14, 1951 — July 8, 2024

Alsip

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Michael D. Ryan, affectionately known by his grandkids as "Papa", peacefully passed away on July 8, 2024 at the age of 73, surrounded by his loving family.

Described fondly as "The biggest kid in the room," Mike's playful nature and mischievous pranks were legendary among his family. His quick wit and endless jokes always kept those around him on their toes, anticipating what he would come up with next. He had a knack for finding humor in every situation and brightening the lives of those he encountered. Mike was also known for always having a solution better than you and "having a guy" if he didn't. 

Mike was a pillar of support for his family and friends. Whether as a dedicated truck driver or a respected police officer, he always went above and beyond to lend a helping hand to those in need. His commitment to ensuring the happiness of those around him was unwavering.

Throughout his life, Mike found immense happiness in his marriage to Nancy. Raising a beautiful family together and cherishing precious moments with his grandchildren were among his proudest accomplishments. His love for photography, playing cards, birdwatching, and enjoying time on the pontoon boat in Michigan brought him immense joy. Whether cheering on his grandsons at hockey games or embarking on memorable vacations with his daughters, Mike cherished every moment spent with those he held dear. His enthusiasm for life was infectious, and his passion for creating lasting memories was evident in every photograph he took.

Mike was the beloved husband of Nancy J. Ryan, nee Reichenbach; loving father of Michael (Patricia) Ryan, Melissa Ryan (Melissa Staples) and Nikki (Jim) Sustek; cherished Papa of Ryan Sustek, Abigail Ryan, Mason Sustek, Kelly Ryan, Owen Sustek and Mikey and Sean Ryan; devoted son of the late John and Kathleen Ryan, nee Janosky; dearest brother of Kathleen (the late Richard) Carr and John (Diane), Patrick (Mary Anne), Daniel (Nancy), Thomas (Tammey) and Colleen Ryan; treasured uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews; and caring friend and neighbor to many.

A Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 11th, 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home, 11028 Southwest Hwy, Palos Hills. Chapel prayers Friday, July 12th, at 10:00 a.m. to St. Terrence Parish, 4300 W. 119th Place, Alsip for Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.  Click here to sign guest registry.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Mike’s memory.

Rest in peace, Mike. Your laughter and love will never be forgotten.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Thursday, July 11, 2024

3:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home & Cremation Services

11028 SW Hwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

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Chapel Prayers

Friday, July 12, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home & Cremation Services

11028 SW Hwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, July 12, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

St. Terrence Worship Site of Incarnation Parish

4300 W 119th Pl, Alsip, IL 60803

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Interment

Friday, July 12, 2024

Starts at 12:45 pm (Central time)

Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum

6001 W 111th St, Alsip, IL 60803

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