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George Ryan

A rosary for George Whitney Ryan of Santa Rosa will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. today at Lafferty & Smith Colonial Chapel, 4321 Sonoma Highway in Santa Rosa. A private family funeral mass will be conducted with interment following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Ryan died Thursday, Aug. 26, at home. He was 79.

He was a sixth-generation native of San Jose. Upon graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory, he entered the University of San Francisco. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers during World War II in both theaters, beginning with the D-Day invasion and then in Japan. After his discharge, he finished his education at Kinsman Business College in Spokane, Wash. He married Patty Bellrose after graduation and joined the family business Ryan Wholesale Grocery in Great Falls, Mont. Later, they moved back to San Jose where he owned and operated San Jose Tire Company for more than 35 years, retiring in 1979. He still continued working as a director for Ryan’s Wholesale Grocery. He and his wife lived in Palm Desert, Lake Tahoe and Grass Valley. He enjoyed golf, travel, gardening and his family.



He is survived by his wife, Patty Ryan; daughters and sons-in-law Peggy and Bill McQuerry of Grass Valley, Cathy and Mark Trione of Santa Rosa and Trish and Max Vandeventer of Mesquite, Nev.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Penny Ryan of Santa Rosa; grandchildren Hank and Amiee Trione, Denise Trione, Sally Trione and Sarah Ryan, all of Santa Rosa, Megan McQuerry and Elizabeth and Terry Honea, all of Grass valley. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rozellah Barnard; and brother, Theodore Ryan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, 94304.




Arrangements are under the direction of the Lafferty & Smith Colonial Chapel in Santa Rosa.


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