Edward H. Ryan


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Edward H. Ryan

Edward H. Ryan died of Alzheimer’s at the age of 82 at Quail Park Care Facility in Lynnwood WA on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Edward was born on January 29, 1937, in Seattle

He was the son of Edward and Eleanor Ryan and spent his early years in the Oceanside town of La Push, WA where his father owned the general store. When he was 10 years old, his Family moved to Port Angeles.

After graduating from Port Angeles High School in 1955 he enlisted in the United States Navy. Ed was stationed for two years in Naples Italy, which was one of the highlights of his naval career. He returned to his hometown where he married Darlene Dier Clemens, a high school classmate on August 12, 1961. After 31 years of marriage they divorced amicably and remained good friends until his passing.

Ed joined the Port Angeles Fire Department in 1964 and enjoyed a rewarding career as a firefighter until his retirement in 1989.

He had a passion for running and became an elite Masters runner in the Pacific Northwest, competing in marathons, 10K and 5K races, winning his age division several times. The Rhody Run in Port Townsend was one of his favorite events. Ed also enjoyed playing tennis with both his Family and his friends. His favorite tournament was the Vancouver Island Grass Court Championships, where he played for many years at the South Cowichan Lawn and Tennis Club.

Family skiing was another of the activities that he loved. The yearly family trip to Mount Bachelor in Bend Oregon every spring vacation was a highlight. Sailing was one of his passions which he shared with his three sons. Buying and selling cars was another endeavor that he really enjoyed.

He belonged to both the local American Legion and the Elks Clubs.

Ed is survived by his three sons, Michael and his wife Charlie, Dave and Dan, his ex-wife, Darlene, his long-time partner, Susie James, his grandchildren, Lindsey and Taylor and his Two great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Parker.

The Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Club in Port Angeles on Saturday, May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Instead of sending flowers, a donation can be made to the Port Angeles Fire Department Medic One at 360-417-5655.

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