Major (US Army, Ret.) James Ryan, III
MAJOR (US ARMY, RET) JAMES T. RYAN, III, of Troy, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the Albany-Stratton VA Hospital after a long illness, with his loving family by his side.
Jim was the son of the late Col. James T Ryan, Jr. and Ellen (Disney) Ryan, of Troy. He joined the NYARNG in 1952 and after the end of the Korean War, graduated from Siena College, where he was a member of the ROTC. He was sworn into the Army as a 2nd Lt in May, 1957. He was a Nike Missile Commander and was stationed in Fort Bliss, TX, Fort Sill, OK, Buffalo,NY, Fort Hamilton Brooklyn, Grandview,MO, Selfridge Air Force Base,Mt.Clemens,MI, Germany, South Korea and Phan Rang,Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.
After his retirement in 1977, he joined the NY Guard where he was promoted to Colonel. He served NY State for another 25 years, primarily with the State Emergency Management Office as a Public Information Officer for disasters statewide, including 9/11, TWA Flight 800, and Nuclear Power Plant drills and emergencies to name just a few. He also worked for FEMA and NYS Division of Homeland Security as a Public Information Officer.
He held memberships in many organizations including the Melvin Roads American Legion Post #1231 in East Greenbush, Rev. Francis A. Kelley DAV Chapter #38 in Troy and a Past Officer of the Brunswick Elks Lodge BPOE#2556.
Jim was a well read and a snarkily funny man who loved his family, even those that weren’t his biologically. He knew his way around computers before most of us even knew what they were. Along with his family, he spent many years on the road with the Avant Garde Drum and Bugle Corps as their Business Manager since 1977. He loved to go out with Evelyn in the RV in later years and enjoyed visiting Gettysburg and just spending time relaxing at Lake George. He loved his Dachshunds- Max, Isis, Bubba and Penny- and Charlie, who thought he was one too. His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren grow up.
He is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn (Duerr) Ryan, Troy, of almost 23 years; his daughters, Maryellen Ryan-Palmer, of Cohoes and Heather Duerr-Ryan of Troy; his sons, James T Ryan IV (Karen) of Glenrock, NJ, Terrance (Margaret) Ryan of Lansingburgh and William Ryan of Brunswick; grandchildren Maghen (Brian Adair) & Mathew Ryan, Jacob & Joshua Ryan, Matthew Palmer (Chelsea Daus) & Acacia (Andrew) Somers & and great granddaughter
Amelia; brothers Lawrence of Troy and Francis of Sarasota, FL and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his 1st wife Theresa (Lessard) Ryan in 1995 and his son-in-law, Joseph Palmer in 2007.
Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., 565 Fourth Avenue (Corner of 115th Street and Fourth Avenue in Lansingburgh), Troy, NY 12182.
His Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 12:00 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church, Lansingburgh followed by interment with full military honors at 2:00 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville (50 person maximum). Because of the times, a reception celebrating his life will be held next year at a date, time and location to be announced.
His family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to: The Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Doctors, Nurses and all the staff of the Dialysis Unit, ICU and 8 Bravo Team for putting up with our shenanigans over the years.
The Van Rensselaer Manor Nursing Home, most notably Betty Jo Bent (LPN) and the nurses, aides and staff who looked out for him, and Nick Zervos, formerly of CDMT, for always making sure his medical transports went as smoothly and gently as possible.
Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or to America's VetDogs, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787.
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