OBITUARY

Edward A. Ryan

June 20, 1934July 11, 2018
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Edward A. Ryan, age 84, of Agoura Hills, California, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Edward was born on June 20, 1934, in Lilly, Pennsylvania to Genevieve Agnes Ryan and John Joseph Ryan.

Edward is survived by his wife, Mary Esther Ryan; son, John Ryan; daughter-in-law, Diana Ryan; daughter, Jill Adler; son-in-law, Michael Adler; sister, Nancy Lee Ryan; granddaughter, Kaitlin Ryan; and grandson, Grayson Adler.

Edward was preceded in death by his father, John Joseph Ryan; mother, Genevieve Agnes Ryan; and sister, Jane Ann Ryan.

A vigil for Edward will be held Monday, July 16, 2018, at 4:00PM. A rosary service will occur Monday, July 16, 2018, at 7:00PM. A funeral mass will occur Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 10:00AM at St. Jude Catholic Church. A committal service will occur Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 11:30AM at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com for the Ryan family.

Edward attended St. Francis Xavier elementary school in Cresson, PA and Altoona Catholic High School in Altoona, PA. He received a scholarship to St Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Edward then attended Syracuse University in New York on a fellowship where he earned a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Immediately after graduate school, Edward married Mary Esther and joined Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA in 1960. There he designed one of the first operationally stable F-1 injectors and perfected the method for cooling the F-1 nozzle extension. Edward then worked as a manager at the Union Oil Company in Los Angeles, where he designed and implemented several algorithms for optimizing the company’s operations.

In the late ‘70’s Edward was invited back to Rocketdyne to work on the Space Shuttle Main Engines. He joined the Engine Systems Group which was responsible for specifying the operation and the successful firing of the main engine controller at every launch of the Space Shuttle missions.

Edward retired from Rocketdyne in 2004.

  • FAMILY

  • John Joseph Ryan, Father
  • Genevieve Agnes Ryan, Mother
  • Mary Esther Ryan, Wife
  • John Ryan, Son
  • Diana Ryan, Daughter-in-law
  • Kaitlin Ryan, Granddaughter
  • Jill Adler, Daughter
  • Michael Adler, Son-in-law
  • Grayson Adler, Grandson
  • Nancy Lee Ryan, Sister
  • Jane Ann Ryan, Sister

Services

  • Visitation and Rosary Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018
REMEMBERING

Edward A. Ryan

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Michael Adler

July 15, 2018

When I proposed to his daughter Jill via skywriter, "JILL MARRY ME". He was ten miles away and his wife, Mary Esther, saw it. She said, "Edward, what do you think that is?" To which Mr. Ryan responded, "It's probably just Michael proposing to Jill." Pretty good guessing since I never told him I was doing it.

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Edward and Marilyn Adler

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Genevieve

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Mary Esther and Edward at Hooters for Grayson's 16th birthday party

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Edward, John, John Joseph, Genevieve - Cresson, PA

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Jane Ann and Edward at Grandparents' Stevens house - on Craig Street, Gallitzen, PA

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Edward and his son, John - Bell Tower at St. Francis College, one of Edward's alma maters

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Edward in his Christmas Snuggie

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Jill, his daughter, and Edward at Jill's 45th birthday surprise party

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That's a BIG Christmas tree!!! 300 balls - Cresson, PA 1964