Thomas A. Ryan

December 29, 1947January 3, 2021
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Thomas A. Ryan, age 73, crossed over to his heavenly home on January 3, 2021. He was born in Middletown, OH the second of a set of twins on December 29, 1947 to Robert and Rita (Schaiper) Ryan.

Tom grew up in the Mayfield neighborhood of Middletown, graduating from Lemon Monroe High School in 1966. Immediately after high school, Tom followed in his father’s footsteps, a WWII Guadalcanal Marine, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 – 1969, serving in the jungles of Vietnam. He was a proud veteran of the Tet Offensive, or “TET VET” as one of his hats he frequently wore said. After returning from Vietnam, he met and married the love of his life, Karen Duff on October 3, 1970. Shortly thereafter, Tom was born again by trusting Jesus Christ as his personal savior under the ministry of his friend Howard Sears and the Grace Baptist Church. Working at Armco, and two children already, Tom answered God’s call on his life to preach and moved to Springfield Missouri to attend the Baptist Bible College from 1974 – 1978, graduating with his Bachelors of Science in Theology. While in college, Tom and Karen had two more children. Tom started the Grace Baptist Church in Washington Court House Ohio and pastored the Grace Baptist Church in Mason Ohio, the Liberty Baptist Church in Waynesville Ohio, and the First Baptist Church in Bethel Ohio during his forty plus years in ministry. When not pastoring, he was always active either teaching Sunday School in the Grace Baptist Church in Middletown, Elder in Trinity Baptist Temple in Middletown, teaching High School Bible at Heritage Christian School in Middletown, and, lately, Associate Pastor at the Indian Springs Baptist Church in Hamilton. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Tom is survived by his wife of fifty years Karen Ryan; children, Jeff (Yvonne) Ryan, Amy (Dan) Holtgrefe, and Seth (Nann) Ryan; his twin sister, Judy (Don) Dixon; brother Bob Ryan; grandchildren, Dede Thompson, Susan Bradshaw, Daniel Holtgrefe, Julie Murray, Robin Holtgrefe, Dennis Holtgrefe, Thomas Holtgrefe, Joshua Holtgrefe, Emily Ryan, Katelyn Ryan, Shiloh Ryan, Abigail Ryan, and Caleb Ryan; 24 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many cherished friends that became family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Rita Ryan; and his youngest son, Eric Robert “Big E” Ryan.

The Grace Baptist Church of Middletown Ohio has graciously offered their facility to allow for a safe and socially distanced service where all of his family and friends may attend if they so choose. Visitation will be 5-7 PM, Thursday, January 7, 2021 and 10-11 AM, Friday, January 8, 2021 at Grace Baptist Church, 3023 Union Road, Franklin, OH 45005. Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM at the church with Pastor Joe French officiating. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery.


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    Friday, January 8, 2021


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Amy Holtgrefe

January 10, 2021

I love and miss you daddy! My heart hurts and will never be whole again. I went for a walk today and the sun came up reminding me there is hope for tomorrow! My world is crumbled right now but God is showing me that it will get better! I love you and will see you again someday. Until then please hug Eric and my grandparents and other family members there. I love you dad!

Robin Holtgrefe

January 7, 2021

Ill never forget making a christmas book together when I was a little girl and he kept it all these years. I love u grandpa rip

Beth Dixon

January 4, 2021

My heart goes out to your family. I am sorry for your lost - a life well-lived and a man well-loved.