Robert Kenneth "Hank" Ryan

July 2, 1924 - November 3, 2018
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Robert Kenneth “Hank” Ryan, 94, of Dover, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Born in New Philadelphia on July 2, 1924, he was the son of the late Paul D. and Elizabeth (Scott) Ryan. Hank joined the United States Army in 1944 and served as a rifleman…

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Robert Kenneth “Hank” Ryan, 94, of Dover, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Born in New Philadelphia on July 2, 1924, he was the son of the late Paul D. and Elizabeth (Scott) Ryan. Hank joined the United States Army in 1944 and served as a rifleman. Hank served for 18 months with the 255th Infantry Regiment in France, Belgium, and Germany.

He was decorated with the EAME Theater ribbon with one bronze star, the good conduct medal, a purple heart, a victory medal for World War II, and the Army of Occupation medal.

On August 16, 1953, Hank married the former Mona L. Schoelles and the two were blessed with 65 years of marriage. They loved to fish together, and Hank was also a lifelong bowler and golfer. Most importantly, he was his children and grandchildren’s greatest fan. He never missed one of their athletic competitions, games or activities.

Professionally, Hank served as a machinist at the former Warner & Swasey and Gradall prior to his retirement after 38 years of employment.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Mona, of Dover; his children, Jeff (Norma) Ryan of Dover, Kim (Steve) Badertscher of Marion, and Diana (Steve) Scherer and Shelly (Tim) Fisher, all of Dover; his sister, Iris Pusti of Arizona; his grandchildren, Dana (Jeremiah) Basiletti of Dover, Kristina Polen of Dover, T.J. Badertscher of Marion, Specialist Ryan Badertscher stationed in Hawaii, Amanda (Kyle) Smithey of Columbus, and Austin Fisher of Dover; and his great-grandchildren, Camryn Basiletti, and Christian and Coleson Basiletti. Additionally, he is survived by his nieces and nephews, Lesley (Stan) Shope, Creston (Judy) Summers, Cheryl (Richard) Keeler, and Joy Pusti; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, Hank was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Wallace and Agnes Schoelles; infant sister, Ruby Ryan; sister-in-law, Gloria (Jack) Summers; brother-in-law, Nick Pusti; and his nephew, Brad Summers.

A graveside service will be held in Dover Burial Park on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 2 PM with Rev. William Haggis officiating. The New Philadelphia VFW Post #1445 and Hank’s grandson, Specialist Ryan Badertscher, will render military honors.

Memorial contributions in Hank’s memory may be directed to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, Green, OH 44685 or Grace Lutheran Church, 216 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, OH 44622.


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Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

Dover Burial Park


N Wooster Avenue, DOVER, OH, 44622

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Crossroads Hospice

3743 Boettler Oaks Dr.
Suite E
Green, Ohio 44685

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Phone: (330) 343-1413

216 N Wooster Ave.
Dover, OH 44622

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Born: July 2, 1924
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Mary Cardani - Wainwright,Ohio posted on 11/12/18

Jeff,So very sorry to hear about your dad. My deepest sympathy to all.


Craig and Sue Edwards posted on 11/7/18

Our deepest sympathy and love to the Ryan family. What a blessing Hank was to your family and those whose lives he touched, memories to forever hold in your hearts. May the love of family and friends surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.


Jeremy Steven Scherer posted on 11/5/18

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. ~The Scherer's


Luke and Julie Miller posted on 11/5/18

Kim, Steve, and family, We're so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father/father-in-law/grandfather. Hugs to all and prayers for peace.


DONALD CASLER posted on 11/5/18

Blessings to the family of a Great man. Unfortunatly, I was unable to hear all of his stories or spend enough time with him before his passing but I am grateful for the opportunity to hear of his victories in life through those he leaves behind. God Blessed him with a long and rewarding life. May we all be as fortunate. Donald Ross Casler


Greg Mencer posted on 11/5/18

I was deeply saddened to hear of Hanks passing. He was a big part of my childhood and life. Hank introduced Jeff and me to golf and we enjoyed many days learning the game from him. He took us golfing a lot and it was always a special day. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ryan family.


Tim Mencer posted on 11/5/18

Sorry to hear of Hank's passing. He was a wonderful man. My condolences go out to all of you. I remember the fun times when Hank would drive us in the big Bonneville to Hickory Flats golf course and we would play 36 holes walking. Thanks for the memories Hank! I will pray for all of you. Love, Tim


Jennifer and Ron Hart posted on 11/5/18

So sorry to hear the news. We will be praying for your family in this difficult time.


Lori Finley posted on 11/4/18

Shelly and family, So sorry for your loss of your dad. Such wonderful family memories of many years shared with family you have to hold dear?? God bless you all during this difficult time. Lori Finley


Debbie Bower posted on 11/4/18

We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing,he was a fine man and we enjoyed bowling with the family for many years,thoughts and prayers for all of the family at this time. Larry & Deb Bower