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William M. Ryan III

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“A dear friend and mentor to whom I owe much of the success I experienced in the paper industry. Probably more than anyone else, Bill taught me the...Read More »
1 of 2 | Posted by: Phil Naylor - Mattawan, MI

“My Dearest Sue, BILL will be missed soooo much,I will always remember how sweet he was! WE always joked that he was my BOYFRIEND & that tickled him...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Jeanne Renaud & John Huyck - MI

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RYAN, Mr. William M. III "Bill" Kalamazoo, MI Died suddenly at Borgess Hospital on Tuesday, October 27. He was born September 13, in Chicago, Illinois the son of William and Ann Ryan who preceded him in death. The family moved to Kalamazoo in 1942 and Bill enrolled at State High. He was active in the Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Following graduation from high school he was admitted to the University of Michigan where he was a member of Psi Upsilon. In 1952 he married Suzanne Wilson and following their marriage they moved to NYC where he took a position with St. Regis Paper. This was the beginning of a life long career in the paper business. Returning to Kalamazoo in 1972 he joined St. Luke's Episcopal Church. An active member serving as Head Usher, a volunteer at the Thrift Shop, and a member of the Outreach Committee. He was also a lifelong member of the Kalamazoo Country Club. Bill is survived by his wife, Suzanne, two brothers: Patrick and Alan, a son, Thomas and two grandchildren: Natalie and Ben of Boulder, Colorado, a grandson, Derrick, his wife, Heather and two great grandchildren: Alayanna and Derrick, Jr. A memorial service will be held 11 o'clock Wednesday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 247 West Lovell St. There will be no visitation. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Those wishing to remember Bill may do so with a gift to St. Luke's Episcopal Church Memorial fund or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. www.langelands.com. 343-1508.

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