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Eugene ‘Gene’ Ryan — Red Wing

RED WING — The funeral for Eugene "Gene" Ryan will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, with the Rev. Eric Westlake officiating. Burial will be in Zumbrota Cemetery.

Mr. Ryan, 74, of Red Wing, died Friday (Feb. 2, 2007) at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center.

He was born May 31, 1932, on the family farm in Belle Creek Township, Goodhue County. He grew up in the White Rock area and attended Cannon Falls schools. He worked for the Swift Co. in St. Paul before entering the Army in 1953. He served in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1954. He returned to work with the Swift Co., and on Sept. 22, 1956, married Judith Banks in Vasa. She died May 2, 1992. He worked for the Swift Co., until the mid-1960s, then was an auto mechanic until going to work for the Mid America Dairy in Zumbrota in the early 1970s. He also farmed, and retired from Mid America in the early 1980s due to health problems. He then worked part time at Treasure Island Casino. On May 14, 1999, he married Judy Wilson in Ellsworth, Wis.; she survives. He had resided at the Seminary Home in Red Wing for the past five years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Debra Ann (Roger) Pahl of Pine Island; four sons, Jeffrey T. (Carolyn) of Goodhue, Jon and Joseph, both of Zumbrota; and Greg (Michele) of Red Wing; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Jaime Wilson of Red Wing and Ryan Wilson of Willmar, Minn.; and a brother, Roy (Lil) of Goodhue. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a son, a sister, three brothers, a half sister and a half brother.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mahn Family Funeral Home-Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.

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