Edwin Francis Ryan, 90, of Selinsgrove, passed away on Nov. 3, 2017, at Nottingham Village, Northumberland.
He was born April 23, 1927, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Jerome and Margaret Ryan. He was happily married for 65 years to the former Ruth Ohm who survives.
Edwin proudly served in World War II in the Navy. Afterwards, he graduated from St. Joseph's University with a degree in psychology.
After starting a family in Philadelphia and Queens, N.Y., he and Ruthie moved their young family to Suffern, N.Y., where they raised their seven children. In the early 80s, they moved to Selinsgrove after Ed visited there on a fishing trip. They became active members of the community and the St. Pius X Catholic Church ever since.
He was a great dancer and early in his adult life worked as an Arthur Murray dance instructor. Most of his working life was spent in the advertising business in New York City. He worked for some of the most popular publications, including Parent's Magazine, Field and Stream and Popular Science. Eventually he started his own advertising company, The Hunting and Fishing Network. In retirement, he kept busy with different ventures, including the Pennsylvania Connection, an antiques store in Selinsgrove.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children and their spouses, Deborah Ryan, of Los Angeles, Calif., Greg Ryan and Brooke Maroldi, of Milwaukee, Wis., Hilary Ohm, of Colville, Wash., Jeffrey and Susan Ryan, of Selinsgrove, Margaret "Meg" Ryan, of Charlottesville, Va., Amy Ryan, of Raleigh, N.C., and Bridget Ryan Farrell, of Danville; and he was blessed with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Bitner; four brothers, Bernard, Jerome, Jack and Jim Ryan; and one granddaughter, Delaney Farrell.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 112 Fairview Drive, Selinsgrove.
Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.
Memorial gifts in Edwin's memory may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Published on November 6, 2017