Robert Xavier Ryan

robert ryan
Robert Xavier Ryan, 83, of Arden, died Friday, November 23, 2012. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Ryan was a son of the late Louis and Jane McGinnis Ryan. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War where he served on the Navy's elite Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) and achieved the rank of Lieutenant JG. Robert spent 23 years as a Special Agent with the FBI before retiring from the Bureau in 1984. He went on to become Chief of Security for the Olympic Village at UC Santa Barbara during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Ann Evers (Peg) Ryan of Arden; daughter, Mary Jane of Seattle; and sons Robert Xavier Ryan, Jr. of San Diego, and Patrick Ryan and wife, Kathleen Cook of Asheville. A prayer service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. Frank J. Seabo officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Memory Care of Asheville (

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  1. Pat, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. Take comfort that your father had an amazing life.

  2. Pat – our prayers and thoughts go out to you and the family. Although I never met your dad, it sounds like he had a full and interesting life!

  3. Pat, Kathleen and Peg: We are so sorry for your loss. I value the experience of the recent walk for Alzheimer’s to honor your Dad, my two Aunts and countless others. Love, Doris and Larry Gant

  4. Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. It’s always hard to lose a parent. Rest in his memories and knowing that he is at peace.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Pat, I never had the chance to know your Father, but I know he must have been a very special person to have such a wonderful son. My love goes out to you, Kathleen, and all of your family during this time. Take Care.

  6. Rest in Peace Lt. Ryan, and thank you for your Service to our country.

    To the Family, please except our sincere condolences.
    Harley Fender USN-Ret.

  7. Pat, I just want to extend my deepest condolonces for your loss and let you know that I will be thinking about you and your family as you celebrate your dad’s life.

  8. Pat, Thinking of you today and sending lots of love your way. I know your dad appreciated all you and Kathleen have done. May you find comfort in happy memories.
    Mary Lou & Glenn

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