William Dean Ryan, 81, of Dundee, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at the Regional Medical
Center in Manchester, Iowa. He was born on August 29, 1941, in Manchester, the son of Edward and Maxine
(Gibbs) Ryan. Bill was raised and educated in the Dundee area graduating from Dundee High School in 1959. He
was a member of the Iowa National Guard from 1959 to 1966.
In 1964, Bill was united in marriage to Andrea Dozark. Three children were born to this union. They were later
divorced. In 1970, Bill was united in marriage to Marlene (Burgin) Martin and two children were born to this
union. Bill worked at John Deere in Waterloo, for 30 years retiring in 1990. He enjoyed farming and was a member
and president of the Cattlemen’s Association and an active member of the Farm Bureau and Delaware County
Extension Council. Bill believed in being active in his community so his was also a member of the Dundee City
Council and a 4-H leader.
Bill enjoyed coon hunting and was a member and president of the local and state Coon Club. He enjoyed raising
coon dogs. Bill enjoyed playing softball and managing the Puffett and Harvester softball teams. He was president of
the Softball League and later coached softball. Bill was an avid Cubs, Iowa Hawkeye, Minnesota Vikings and
Minnesota Twins fan. Bill and Marlene enjoyed travelling. They travelled to Alaska, Hawaii, Texas and New Orleans.
Bill most enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marlene Ryan; his five children, Dean (Tina) Ryan of Maretta, Georgia, Dawn
(Dan) Bliss of Marion, Dana Tharp of Cedar Rapids; Joseph (Arin) Ryan of Chugiak, Alaska, and Jacqueline Hettinger
of Edgewood; three step-children, Kim (James) Martin-Pettigrew of Marshalltown, Kandi (Jim) Roelfs of Ackley,
and Kurt (Susan) Martin of Dundee; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marge Wirtz of
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com .
Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m., on Monday, September 19, 2022 at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home at Manchester,
Iowa, with Pastor Mike Jackson officiating
Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester,
Interment: Forestville Cemetery-Dundee, Iowa