Theodore H. Ryan 1928 - 2009 Lawrence
Mass of Christian burial for Theodore H. “Ted” Ryan, 81, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Ryan died Friday, June 26, 2009.
He was born Jan. 19, 1928, in Twin Falls, Idaho.
He grew up in Twin Falls and graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1946. In high school, he starred on the football, basketball and baseball teams and served as student body president.
After graduation, Ted enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years, receiving an honorable discharge. He attended his first two years of college at Utah State University and his last two years at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He graduated with a degree in agronomy.
Mr. Ryan began his lifelong career in the seed business in Caldwell, Idaho. He worked for Allied Seed Company from 1952 to 1961. He left Allied to start an agribusiness company called Farmaterials in Baker, Ore. He left that business in 1964 and began working for Albert Dickinson Seed Co. in Twin Falls, Idaho.
He moved with that company to Nampa, Idaho, in 1966. The ownership of that seed company changed hands several times over the years, but he remained with it for the remainder of his career.
In 1971, he moved to the company’s national headquarters in Kansas City as national sales and marketing director. That position evolved into vice president of operations, which kept until his retirement in 1990.
He moved to Lawrence in 1971 and enjoyed watching the Kansas University basketball teams.
He married Colleen Collins on Aug. 31, 1952. She died Dec. 26, 2007.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shauna Ryan Bouska.
Survivors include four sons, Tom and wife Diane, Caldwell, Idaho, Pat, Gladstone, Mo., Tim and wife Tor, Washington D.C., and Kelly and wife Becky, Lawrence; a son-in-law, Jardon Bouska, Atlanta; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home where the family will receive friends following the rosary at 6:30 p.m.
The family suggests memorials to the church, sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.