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August 6, 1931 – April 30, 2022

Ira James “Tim” Ryan, Jr., 90 of Savannah, GA died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Tim, also affectionately called “Buddy” by his family, grew up in the Old Fort neighborhood of Savannah and attended Cathedral Day School and Church, Marist and Commercial High.

He was activated in August of 1950 with Dog Company, 10th Infantry Battalion, United States Marine Corps Reserve, and served in Korea, including the Chosin Reservoir Campaign. Tim was a member of the American Legion Posts #184 and #135.

Tim retired from Kaiser Chemical and was a partner in Abel and Ryan Construction Company. He was a founding member of the Fenian Society, serving as their Marshal in 2016. He was a longtime member of the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and was a member of the Marine Corps League of Savannah.

His life of integrity remains a testament to his faith. He was a 45 year communicant of St. James Catholic Church. Tim made a promise to himself that if he survived his time in Korea, he would forever remain a faithful servant. A promise he kept until his last day.

Tim was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist spending many happy times bow hunting on Blackbeard, Wassaw and Sapelo Islands and crabbing and shrimping along the Moon River. He was a volunteer for the USFWS and was instrumental in building the rookery at Harris Neck, creating a habitat for Wood Storks.

He was a member of the Mossy Oak Gun Club at HAAF where he continued to shoot skeet on a weekly basis until his recent illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Mary Ryan; sister, Ann Walsh; brother, William Ryan, and son-in-law, David Silverman

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mary McDonald Ryan, his children Michael Ryan (Laura), Angela Thomas (Craig), Meg Crider (Robert), Eileen Ogletree (Jim), and Andrea Silverman. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Tommy Nease (Jutta), Chris Nease (Melissa Miceli), Steven Thomas, Katie Marlin (Quentin), Dr. Caroline Crider (Kirk Long), Dr. Bobby Crider (Mary), Elizabeth Ogletree McCabe (Samuel), Emma Ogletree, James Ogletree, Hannah Silverman (Robert Byrd), Sam Silverman; great-grandsons, Till and Finn Nease; sister, Marie Dillon; brother, Joe Ryan (Honey), and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 6:30 Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue, with the Rosary at 6:30 in the chapel.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning, May 4, 2022, at St. James Catholic Church with the Very Reverend Daniel F. Firmin, JCL, VG officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

The family would like to thank THA Home Health and GHC Hospice for their unfailing care during Tim’s final days.

In lieu of flowers or remembrances, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959 or

Online Condolences

  1. Tony and Beth Buttimer says:

    Dearest Ryan Family,

    We are deeply saddened for the loss of Mr. Ryan. You all have so much to be proud of. A loving and loyal husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, a proud American Soldier, a faithful Catholic and the best shag dancer, with his love, Mary! Mr. Ryan worked hard as an entrepreneur and always had a sparkle in his eye. He will be dearly missed.

    All of our Love and Prayers,
    Tony and Beth Buttimer

  2. Amy Massey says:

    Dearest Friends, Thinking of all of you deeply ! We will miss seeing Mr Tim in his church pew. Such a faithful Catholic & a wonderful example!
    All our love – Amy + Rob Massey

  3. Kelly & Alex Hunt says:

    Mary and Family,
    Sending prayers filled with love and deep peace to all.
    May you see the Sun shine through the tears in celebration of a life well-lived. Thank you, Tim Ryan for your military service and love of the Irish community!
    Kelly and Alex Hunt

  4. Terry Ryan & Loriann DeMelis says:

    Well done, good and faithful servant! My heart is broken but hopeful that you are basking in God’s glory with my daddy, your brother.
    Mary and all, our love is with you now as always. We will miss Buddy, but will cherish fond memories of crabbing, oyster roasts and camping trips from our younger years.

    Our love and condolences,
    Terry and Loriann

  5. Brad Wittfeld says:

    I hunted with Tim, Sig,Zip, and Helmy for many years on the Islands. He was a true sportsman and a friend. Godspeed my friend .

  6. Burch & Marie Bryant says:

    Marie, Joe & Honey. Deepest sympathy on the death of Tim. May he rest in peace.

  7. Wagner Family says:

    Grandpa Tim will be surely missed. His legacy is truly one to be very proud of. Our family sends lots of love and prayers and we thank you for allowing us to be an extended part of your family and Tim‘s legacy.

  8. The Longueira Family says:

    Dear Mary and Family,
    We extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of such a great family man and American. May God bless you and grant His peace which surpasses all understanding during this difficult time.

  9. Walter John Straub says:

    From all the members of the Mossy Oak Gun Club, we wish to extend our sincere condolences to the Ryan Family. Personally, I often spent hours at the range talking firearms, especially the M-1 Garand, politics and military service with Tim…..There will be a great void in the membership at the club, with the passing of Tim….God welcome you my friend…

  10. Mark Bufalini says:

    So sorry for your loss of your father, may your family find peace in the Lord prayers and in the coming days.

  11. Mark Bufalini says:

    Prayers for you and your family may the Lord watch over you and your family and give you inner peace.

  12. Pat &Penny Rossiter says:

    Heaven is a better place today, Tim Ryan was the best of the best. Condolences to you Mary and all the family

  13. Jerry Larson Conner says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of grief. Tim was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

  14. Kathy Daly Salter says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this…many memories from our growing up days on 60th street. Heaven is a better place and I bet there are many conversations taking place on hunting, Irish heritage, escapades of “Bubba” and Michael, etc….. The Daly family prays for the heaviness in your hearts but feel confident that your Dad is in a happy place!!!

  15. Jesse Hope says:

    Mike and Family,

    Chelsea and I extend our deepest condolences you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  16. Arthur and Donna Roberts says:

    Our sympathy and empathy in your loss of Tim, one of The Few Good Men, a husband, father and friend. Bless his heart and yours as well.
    I drove by the National Cemetery, in Beaufort last night and thought of Tim and Harrell as young men who never thought they would one day be old men. We’re glad they survived that we might share their love and learn what they would teach us.
    Semper Fidelis never meant more.

  17. Vicki Waters Siefker says:

    Most of my childhood memories include the Ryan clan! So much fun at that house (even though we were often told to be quiet because Tim was sleeping for his night shift work). Tim was a wonderful father and you could always feel the love in your home. So happy that Tim had a long and wonderful life.

    Love to you all, Vicki

  18. LaTrelle Jenkins says:

    Sending Prayers Mary

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