Gerald Edward “Jerry” Ryan, EdD, LTC US Army (Ret)

Gerald Edward “Jerry” Ryan, EdD, LTC US Army (Ret)

April 17, 1935 – June 24, 2021

Age 86

Jerry served 20 years of military service in the U.S. Army followed by 28 years in education in numerous public and private schools.  He was Mayor of Bellevue for 8 years.

Preceded in death by beloved daughter Joni M. Ryan; sister Doris Kruse and husband Chuck.

Survived by wife of 63 years Janet; children Judy Lane, Jeff Ryan and wife Dawn, and Jean Fisher; grandchildren Michael Lane (Nicole), Patrick Lane (Hannah), and Kelly Lane; great-grandchildren Ryan, Charlotte, and Natasha; brother Richard Ryan (Pauline); favorite uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Thursday, July 1st, 5:00-7:00 p.m. with Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., at Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel.

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Mass of Christian Burial:  Friday, July 2nd, 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2302 Crawford Street, Bellevue.

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Interment:  Bellevue Cemetery

Military Honors:  U. S. Army National Guard Honor Guard

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Bridget’s Catholic Church.


  • Virginia Smisek Posted June 25, 2021 7:23 pm

    So sorry and saddened to learn of Dr Ryan’s passing. I was honored and privileged to know him and work with him during his time at Assumption School. He was also a honored guest speaker at my son’s Eagle ceremony while he was Mayor of Bellevue. Our world was a much better world with him in it. Sympathies to his wife, children and family. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Kate Beiting Posted June 28, 2021 4:53 pm

    I worked with Dr. Ryan for several years at Platteview HS. He was a good leader, always able to offer suggestions and guidance. His unfaltering sense of humor got us through many staff development meetings. Blessings to all of you.

  • Stanley Allen Mandler Posted June 29, 2021 3:51 pm

    A major force in the development of Bellevue! He will be missed. Stan and I send prayers and blessings for his entire family. Sue

  • Margie Becerra Posted June 29, 2021 8:56 pm

    We got to know Dr. Ryan during his years of service as the principal at Assumption Catholic School and then ran into him in his Bellevue office as mayor. For several years after he left Assumption he would send us a Christmas card which was very sweet. We are sure he is smiling down from heaven with his daughter by his side. May he rest in peace.

    Margie & Jerry Becerra

  • Linda Lang Posted June 30, 2021 12:13 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad, Aunt Jan’s husband, and my “favorite Uncle” Uncle Jerry was the funniest and kindest man! His light will remain in all of us! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love, Linda

  • Susan Kruse Posted July 2, 2021 11:12 am

    Prayers are with you for the loss of your dad. I was glad we stayed in touch over the years! He always told a funny joke and was just an awesome man and he and I became “Favorite Uncle” and “Favorite niece” when we would talk with each other! His life continues in heaven! God Bless you all! Love Sue

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