Joseph S. Ryan, 94, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Potomac, Md., passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Md. A graduate of Purdue University, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army and retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He then worked in defense satellite communications at the Defense Communications Agency, retiring in 1976. He was a past president of Sussex Shores Beach Association and he loved politics, cooking and gardening.
Ryan was preceded in death by his parents, Frank A. and Wanda (Weldy) Ryan; and his loving wife of 65 years, Eva Ward Ryan. He is survived by a daughter, Deborah Cairns and her husband, Scott, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, John Ryan and his wife, Kathleen Vetter, of Cabin John, Md.; five grandchildren, Joshua and James Ryan, Sam, Elizabeth and Allison Cairns; and a sister, Dorothy Doty of Indianapolis, Ind.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2008, at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, Pennsylvania Ave. & Maplewood St., Bethany Beach, Del. Interment will be private.