MICHAEL RYAN

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Michael E. Ryan, age 70, of Algonquin, IL, passed away surrounded by the love of his family, Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

He was born in Chicago, on May 14, 1950, to proud and loving parents, Thomas and Adelaide (Mammoser) Ryan.

Michael lived in Chicago until the age of five when his family moved to Carpentersville, IL. There he attended local schools and graduated from Irving Crown High School with the class of 1969. Before receiving his diploma, Michael excelled not only in academics, but as an athlete as well, making a name for himself on the football field.  

Michael faithfully served his country in the United States Airforce beginning in May of 1971. He rose to the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in April of 1973.

Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. He went to Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, graduating in 1981.

Michael first practiced law in Carpentersville at Kiss & Ryan Law. Michael left for a time and worked at Schwarz & Ryan Law before returning in 1996.  It would be in 2007 that Michael would start his own firm that eventually became Ryan Family Law P.C.

Michael was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association.

If you knew Michael at all, you knew that home was where he wanted to be. It became “party central” and was a place where you knew you would eat and drink more than was necessary, but he would never have it any other way. Michael was a consummate host, knew his way around the kitchen, and would routinely present delicious dishes for all to enjoy. Any gathering or meal would also bring toasts and speeches that Michael would  give freely, whether the occasion demanded it or not. In recent years his kitchen was filled with the smell of homemade loaves of bread that found their way into the hands of family and friends alike. As an athlete, Michael enjoyed bicycling and enjoyed hundreds of miles alongside his sons, Justin and Drew. He was an avid sports fan as well, with a variety of tastes, many of which only served as an excuse to hang out with his sons watching everything from horse racing to soccer to Formula 1. It was Michael’s belief that anything could become a game, and it was only fun if you kept score. A lover of history, Michael’s knowledge was encyclopedic, especially when it came to WWII and the Civil War.  He found that most activities were better enjoyed with a good bottle of red wine, and many of the “world’s problems” were solved during long conversations over a glass (or three).   His beloved backyard pool (that was made especially for lively games of volleyball) and the backyard fire pit where he tended hundreds of fires often became the backdrop to many family gatherings, but he was no stranger to travel.  The destinations rarely mattered to Michael, the most important thing was his travelling companions. Michael took a “boys trip” every other year with his sons and “Daddy/Daughter” trips were just as common, but he always reserved time to see the sights on trips reserved just for he and Jane. Family excursions to Hilton Head happened every year and were never to be missed.  A day wouldn’t be complete without Michael talking to, or seeing one or more of his children, and later grandchildren, who became number one in his heart. His longtime dream of being called “Papa” came true five times over, as he welcomed each grandchild into the family with joy and love everlasting. Each addition was worthy of a celebration and were akin to the holidays he enjoyed so much. He enjoyed inventing nicknames for others as well, each carrying an expression of affection whenever they were uttered.   Conversations were salted with his favorite lines from his favorite movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, Tombstone,  The Princess Bride and the made for T.V. movie, Lonesome Dove.  “We will make it work” was his motto and answer to any problem or challenge he faced. He was dedicated to his work but never at the expense of his family, and that was a line that was never crossed. Charismatic and charming, Michael had a great sense of humor, an easy smile and never missed an opportunity to tell a joke. He was extremely generous in everything he did, especially when it came to his time. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend.   Michael always felt blessed to be surrounded by not only his own family, but those who were added through marriage and the family of friends he found along the way. They all were priceless to Michael and held in the highest regard. It was a feeling that was mirrored in the eyes and lived deep in the hearts of all who loved him in return. The world is poorer for his absence, but the rich legacy of memories he left behind will assure that Michael will never be forgotten.

Michael now leaves his loving wife, of 28 years, Jane Ryan; four children: Kyle Michael (Rulin Xiao) Ryan, Justin (Brittany) Ryan, Drew (Danielle) Ryan and Madeleine (Victor Nieves Jr.) Ryan; Five grandchildren: Stephanie and Eric Zhan, Trevor and Kinsley Ryan, and Keegan Ryan; two sisters: Rosemary Ryan and Maryellen Dammyer; one brother-in-law, Ben Imhoff; his Craddock family, many nieces, nephews and a family of close friends who will never forget him. 

He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Adelaide Ryan; one sister Kathleen Imhoff and brother Thomas Ryan Jr.

A proper celebration of his life, filled with the sounds of laughter, requisite speeches and lively toasts, will be held when all can gather and celebrate as one.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, 355 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120. Tributes and memories may also be left on  the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com where you can see his full life story.

18 thoughts on “MICHAEL RYAN

  1. Deepest condolences to you and your family. Tom Chase loved to talk to him. He will be greatly missed.

  2. My heart goes out to the Ryan family. Mike will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. May he rest in peace. My most sincere condolences.

  3. I’m deeply sorry for the loss of Michael. Words are difficult because I know this loss is so painful for all of you.

    I will always think of Michael getting out his bike and going for a ride, having all of you over to the house and the wonderful times you all had together and his warmth and humor, always present.

    I know you all have pieces of him forever in your hearts and mind and he will live on through all of you. You are an amazing, wonderful family and Michael is present in every moment of your joy, happiness and difficulties throughout all of your lives.

  4. Jane. I am so sad about Mike. He was one of the “good guys” and I had a lot of respect for him as an attorney and as a man. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I still vividly remember 30 years ago or so and the events leading up to your marriage. You certainly did the right thing! Take care. Susan Tatnall

  5. Jane, we send our condolences to you and your family.
    Many great memories from our days building Faith Community together.

  6. My heart goes out to the Ryan Family. I know the loss and sadness you are all feeling, having lost my own father not even two years ago. There are know words of comfort I can offer you, except to tell you that God has gained an amazing angel in Michael Ryan, and you will feel him shining down on you every day and in so many ways.

    I have known Michael since I was a child at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Algonquin, IL. He served with my parents, Hans and Kathy Wolf. Later, in my adult life, Michael would become my attorney in the battle to keep my son away and safe from his biological father, who was notoriously in trouble with the law. Michael always took the time to meet with me, and often time my mother or father and law the facts out on the table, both good and bad. He told me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear. He was so honest, and always had the best interest of me and my son. I never had to doubt that for a second. There were many times over the last ten years that I would turn to Michael for advice, and he always took the time to listen to me, and give me his words of wisdom. I will miss having him to turn to in the future.

    I am grateful to have known such a wonderful man.

  7. Dear Ryan family. I am so sorry to hear
    of the loss of your Dad. My heartfelt condolences to you all.

  8. My condolences go to Jane and Mike’s family.

  9. Jane and extended family, I’m both shocked and saddened by the passing of your beloved Michael. Please accept my sincere condolences. Warmest Regards, Kathy

  10. Jane and family,
    My deepest condolences and sadness of the loss of Michael. I will always remember him as a man of great integrity in the practice of law, and a kind and gentle nature. I pray that you will find comfort and peace in many loving memories and times of joy and laughter. Warmest regards, Judy

  11. Jane, Justin, and the entire Ryan family, you are in my heart! I am so very sorry for your loss. Mike was, from the moment I met him, one of those very rare lawyers that I just knew I could trust. He was honorable, honest, and kind, even when he had to be adversarial. His compassion for children shone through his work as a Guardian ad Litem. His heart for humankind shone through everything he did. He was one of the lawyers I was sad to leave when I moved to Springfield. I am sadder still to know that it was time for him to leave as well. I look forward to seeing him again someday and sharing a good laugh with him! Rest well, Mike! We will see you on the other side!

  12. I will miss my dear friend whose droll sense of humor cannot be replaced. Mild of manner and strong of caring, he was a brave man and considerate of others. I miss him.

  13. Jane and Maddie, I am holding you close in my heart. Michael was a great man, with an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. Light of Christ to Faith Community Church, we will always be family. May you feel God’s presence during this difficult time. Love to you all.

  14. Jane sorry to hear of your families loss. I had worked with him since the Kiss & Ryan days. Always was a pleasure. He will be missed

  15. Jane, my deepest sympathies. Mike was a good lawyer whose work will long be remembered by those he helped.

  16. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a detailed and personalized eulogy that really brought a person’s life and personality to my senses as this one did..
    Reading this made me miss and appreciate him more, and brought to life the memories I have of him through a near life time of friendship with you. I could see and hear his voice, his smile and laughter.

    I didn’t know a whole lot about his past, but many of the things I learned here about him created a stir in me about wanting to live a life of fullness, which I think about often. Yet especially the things mentioned that I did already know about him- his love for his family and friends, food and eating and playing sports- all things that evolved around people and his love for them….I sincerely wish that to be said of me. So I admire even more now the life he lived, and am forever thankful to have been let into the Ryan household and received with love the way he and Jane always did with all of the guys to experience some of the life, love and magic that was always Michael Ryan.

    My heart hurts for the loss and pain the family he so fiercely loved is experiencing. I wish I could be with you all in person to try and help in any way..

    I’m truly honored to have known him, the man who raised one of my dearest friends in this life.

  17. Dear Jane and family,
    We were so sad to read the news of Mike passing. Jane, you and Mike were part of our very positive experience with church. We will remember Mike for his sense of humor, keen wit, intelligence and shear dedication to the church: both Light of Christ and Faith Community. George and I still joke when Mike was describing the fishing shows on TV. “That’s a nice fish! That’s a really big fish!” I kid you not, we still say this in jest and credit Mike.
    Mike’s sermons, when Faith was getting off the ground and Mike Fish wasn’t attending yet, were poignant and meaningful. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Mike will always be missed because he touched so many lives, certainly ours.
    Laura & George Krepel

  18. Chuck and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Ryan family. We are so sad to hear of Mike’s passing. We had so many fun times during our kid’s high school years! If we hadn’t moved away I’m sure our fun times would have continued. We so enjoyed being with all of you and have many fond memories we cherish. We send our love to each of you. Mike was one in a million.

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