Robert E. Ryan

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Robert E. Ryan, 74, of Nevada, passed away Friday, April 27, at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Bob was born March 11, 1944, in Paris, Ky., the son of Joseph Francis Sr. and Gertrude (Maher) Ryan. He moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., at an early age and during high school he worked at a potato chip factory. Bob moved to Nevada in 1960 where he worked for MFA Oil for several years and on Feb. 7, 1966, married Rosemary Perrin. The couple later lived in Harrisonville where Bob worked for Bendix Corp. in Kansas City as a machinist. In 1972 they moved back to Colorado Springs, Colo., where Bob worked in a full-service station. He and his wife owned and operated College Auto Center in Colorado Springs and moved to Nevada in 1985 and have continued to operate College Auto Center since that time. Bob’s passion in life was antique and classic cars and in his earlier years he enjoyed working with wood.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Ryan Jr.; sister, Mary Catherine Mabie; brothers-in-law, David and Paul Perrin; and his favorite cousin, Jodie Brothers. Survivors include his wife Rosemary of the home, daughter, Cheryl Smith (Jim) Corpus Christi, Texas; three grandchildren, Nathan Smith, of the home in Nevada, Rebecca Smith, Nevada, Jacob Smith, Corpus Christi, Texas; brother, William “Bill” Ryan, Nevada; brother-in-law, Jim Perrin (Peggy) Nevada; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and treasured friends.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, in the Ferry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Greg Ferree of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until service time.

Memorials are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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