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Hilary Ryan, 77

Hilary Ryan, area contractor and businessman, age 77, of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, died on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, after a courageous battle with heart disease.

Hilary was born on December 31, 1936, the 12th of 13 children to the late Michael and Stella (Slominski) Ryan in Minto, ND.  He married the love of his life Cathy Bang on November 29, 1958 at St. Michael’s in Grand Forks, ND and they have been inseparable ever since.  Together they raised five beautiful children. He was so proud of his family and they all loved him very much.

Hilary was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and spent many years at Cass and Maple Lakes with his family and friends.  Hilary loved watching the Vikes with his sons and grandsons, and cheering on the Green Wave in EGF Hockey.  Hilary was an entrepreneur and developer.  He was instrumental in the building and rebuilding of the community, and his legacy will remain for years to come. 

His quick wit, generosity, hard work, and love for others will always and forever be remembered.

To his faithful readers, “Hilary Says”… it was a wonderful life.

Hilary is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Cathy Ryan of East Grand Forks, MN; children: Mark (Lorri) Ryan of East Grand Forks, MN, Bonnie (Jeff) Sprecher of Grand Forks, ND, Susan (Curtis) Olson of McIntosh, MN, Mary (Steve) Novack of Coon Rapids, MN, and Perry (Michelle) Ryan of Shorewood, MN; grandchildren: Nick, John, and Joel Ryan, Jessie (Joey) Arnason, Rachel (Clark) Hauger, Brooke (Seth) Dokken, Jamie (Tyler) Anderson, Sidney (Chris) Compton, Carly, Grace, Adam, and Jack Novack, and Ethan, Grant, Lauren, and Cally Ryan; great-grandchildren: Adriane and Aleese Dokken, Ruby Anderson, and Grayson Compton; and brothers: Frenchy Ryan of Chicago, IL, Pat Ryan of Big Lake, MN, Joe (Sue) Ryan of Big Lake, MN, and Cecil Ryan of Atlanta, GA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, MN or to the Transitional Care Unit of Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND.

Funeral Service:  11:00 AM Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 200 3rd St NW East Grand Forks, MN, with visitation time one hour prior to service.

Visitation:  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Dahl Funeral Home 2029 Central Ave NW, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 with a 6:00 pm Prayer Service

Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN

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Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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