It is with great sorrow to share that our mother Loreta Jeanne Ryan, born July 3, 1936 to Damian and Orien Hill Walker passed away peacefully on Monday February 6, 2023 while in Hospice Care at The Gardens of Barry Road surrounded by family. Loreta was born on the family farm in Moline, Kansas and attended Pleasant Hill Country School; a one room schoolhouse during her formative years.
Loreta was a member of the Moline High School Class of 1953. Following high school she began her career with TWA where she met the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Ryan who proceeded her in death in 2016. Loreta and Dick raised their family on Lake Waukomis for 50 years. Together with Dick, they were involved in several successful businesses north of the river, including The Pizza Shoppe Franchise, headquartered in Platte Woods and Ryan’s Kerry Patch. She was director of St. Therese choir beginning in 1966 for several decades. She was a member of the St.Therese Altar and Rosary Society, and was instrumental in helping organize the Annual Bread Bake; a much cherished event. Along with Dick, they were one of the few married couples who were both Red Coaters for the Kansas City Chiefs. Loreta was involved in The Rotten Apple Community Theatre in Parkville during the 1970’s.
She married Dick on October 15, 1955 in Moline, KS. Her survivors include six children, Cathy Kirkpatrick (Mark),Kansas City, MO, Angie Bales, Tulsa, OK, Billy Ryan (Margaret) Osmond, NE, Danny Ryan (Ida) Kansas City, MO, Phil Ryan (Leanne), Parkville, MO, and Tommy Ryan, Kansas City, MO. 19 grandchildren 19 Great Grandchildren, and 6 siblings, Billy Rex Walker , Earl Joe Walker, Margie Dunn, Marlene Edgington and Beth Llafet. Loreta was preceded in death by her parents: her husband Dick, one daughter Pattie Corwin, one brother Phil Walker and one grandson Kevin Ryan.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m., Friday February 10, 2023 at St. Therese Catholic Church and the family will receive friends from 4–6pm followed by Mass. Private burial on Saturday at Resurrection Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to The St. Therese Altar and Rosary Society as well as Ascend Hospice Care for their loving support and care. Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements.