Rev. Fr. William Arthur RyanApril 29, 1930 ~ September 23, 2017 (age 87)
STREATOR- Reverend Father William Arthur (Art) Ryan 87 passed away on September 23, 2017, at Manor Court assisted living in Peru. He was born in Streator on April 29, 1930, the youngest son of John Dennis Ryan and Alice Whalen Ryan. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by siblings John Ryan, Edward Ryan, Helen Ganey, Betty Salmon, Mary Laidig, and Father Francis Ryan. He is survived by many nieces and nephews scattered across the country.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C, Bishop of Peoria will preside. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 AM Thursday at St. Michael the Archangel Church. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Streator. The Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator, is in charge of arrangements
Father Art grew up in Streator, attending grade school and Streator high school. He served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He attended St. Bede Academy in Peru and was ordained as a priest out of St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota.
Father Ryan served as Parochial Vicar: St. Mary in East Moline (1959), St. Malachy in Geneseo (1964) St. Roch in LaSalle (1968), St. Malachy in Geneseo (1970), Pastor: St. Mary in Keithsburg, St. Therese in New Boston and St. Andrew in Oquawka (1972), Administrator: St. Joseph in Ivesdale (1975), Pastor: St. Mary in Peru (1975), St. Mary in Delavan and St. Joseph in Hopedale (1977), Co-Pastor: St. Patrick in Ottawa (1979) Pastor: Sacred Heart in Rutland and St. Joseph in Flanagan (1983), Chaplin: St. Joseph Nursing Home in Lacon (1988) and St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley, Parochial Vicar: St. Vincent de Paul in Peoria (1991), Pastor: St. Patrick in Ransom and St. Mary in Grand Ridge (1992). He was granted Senior priest status (2000).
Art was a generous contributor to many charitable organizations, as evidenced by the large stack of “thank you” letters on his desk. He was also known for his wonderful sense of humor. He and his brother Father Frank had a great love of New Yorker cartoons.
Art passed away peacefully, being attended to by his friend Father Jacob Rose. At the end they were able to bestow blessings on each other, as Art, with one last gesture in the Sign of the Cross, drifted off to sleep.
Memorials may be made to St. Michael the Archangel School.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com