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William Thomas Ryan, Jr.

William Thomas Ryan, Jr.
  • November 10, 1928 - September 28, 2021
  • Hanahan, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Clemson University.

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“Dot, I was so sorry when I read about Bill. He was such a friendly, caring person. I always looked forward to our chats when I saw him - no matter...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Gloria Dunlap

“So sorry to hear about your Dad! I will always remember him for taking us in during Hugo. We prayed together that night. I felt like we bonded...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Jean Keil - Family

“I had the privilege of meeting Bill and Dorothy when they'd visit Donna, Jim and family in Yorktown, VA. Jim was stationed at LAFB before retiring. I...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Sandy Wason - Yorktown, VA

“What a great life you had, and what an amazing man you are! We will miss you and know you are in heaven in peace now. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Debbie Ostendorff - Torrance, CA


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William (Bill)Thomas Ryan, Jr., 92 of Hanahan, SC, husband of Dorothy Ostendorff Ryan, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, September 28, 2021. His funeral service will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Bethany Cemetery, 10 Cunnington Avenue, Charleston, SC at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday October 8, 2021, at J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

To view the funeral service video please visit the following: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/K4WYN96H69KR6N7G

Bill was born November 10, 1928, in Charleston Heights, SC, to the late William Thomas Ryan, Sr., and Marie Louise Mappus Ryan. Bill was a graduate of Bishop England High School and a graduate of Clemson AandM College which later became Clemson University, Class of 1950, where he received a BS degree in Textile Engineering and received a reserve commission in the United States Air Force (USAF). In 1953, he was called by the United States Air Force Reserve to his first duty station at Donaldson AFB, Greenville, SC as a 2nd Lieutenant. In July,1957, he was selected to the regular Air Force. Overall, he served 22 years in the Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He proudly served in the United States Air Force with assignments including Morocco, San Antonio, TX, Fort Ritchie, MD, Pentagon (Washington DC), Norfolk, VA, Paris, France, Mons, Belgium, Vietnam, Chicopee, Massachusetts and Honolulu, Hawaii. He received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation, and other service medals. Upon his retirement from the USAF in 1975, he was employed with Lockheed Martin Corporation, Goose Creek, SC at the Naval Weapons Station he retired in 1992. Upon returning to the low country, Bill also served on the Board and as Treasurer ... READ MORE →