Francis Dean “Frank” Ryan, 86, of Platte, SD passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his home. Memorial Services are 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Mount Funeral Home in Platte. Graveside Services will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN at a later date. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Francis Dean Ryan was born on January 3, 1935 to Joseph and Agnes (Vrbraugh) Ryan in Platte, SD. He worked at the creamery and graduated from Platte High School in 1953. He continued his education for one year at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Realizing he wasn’t meant for college, he enlisted in the military. Frank served his country in the US Army for seven years, during which time he was based in Adak, Alaska, Okinawa, Japan and finally, New Jersey where he finished his service. Marrying and starting a family there, before moving with them to New York and Northfield, MN. After ten years together, they divorced and Frank relocated to St. Paul, MN to be able to spend time with and be close to his kids in Minneapolis.
Frank enjoyed taking his kids to the airport to watch the planes, going out for dinner as a family at least once a week and camping at the races in Brainerd, MN – which led to he and Pat teaming up to race a motorcycle for a while. The annual camping trip to the Black Hills with Pat was something he always looked forward to. He skillfully built at least two sailboats, sailing one in New Jersey and taking one out on the Missouri River. Frank was currently employed at the Platte Food Center.
Grateful for having shared in Frank’s life, his children and grandson: Elizabeth Ryan (friend, Tom) of Minneapolis, MN and Pat (Krissy) Ryan – Nate of Savage, MN; three brothers: Roland (Lynn) Ryan of Littleton, CO, Joseph Ryan of Idaho and Pat Ryan of Gillette, WY; two sisters: Eileen Theroux of Eagan, MN and Donna (Jerry) Mogck of Spearfish, SD; along with many nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Agnes Ryan; two sisters-in-law: Darlene Ryan and Bonnie Ryan; and a brother-in-law, Maurice Theroux.