Thomas Francis Ryan
November 28, 1949 – February 20, 2021
Thomas Francis Ryan, age 71, passed away on February 20th. He is survived by wife, Lavonne J. Ryan; sons, Sean T. Ryan (Erin) and Richard J. Dorfmeyer (Jennifer); daughter, Shannon M. Stamper (David); grandchildren: Quillan Stamper and Cole and Bailey Dorfmeyer; sister, Mary Gibilisco.
VISITATION following CDC Guidelines: Monday, March 1st from 9:30am-10:30 am at St. Wenceslaus Church Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30 am. Graveside Service: Monday, 2pm, Omaha National Cemetery with Military Honors by Benson VFW Post 2503.
Thomas Francis Ryan was born on November 28, 1949 in Omaha to Francis and Marie Ryan. He spent most of his childhood being raised in “South Omaha” where he attended Ryan High.
Tom enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps on December 27, 1967, where he served our country until being honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant on June 1, 1971. He was stationed in Hawaii.
Tom married LaVonne Christensen on February 3, 1984 and settled in Waterloo, Nebraska, within the Riverside Lakes community, where they started their family and lived for thirty-four years. Tom was an entrepreneur at heart and spent most of his working years managing his business, Label Concepts.
Tom was the life of the party and was known as Mr. Irish in the community. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and had a love for all things entailed to Saint Patrick’s Day. He loved cheering on his children: Shannon, during one of her many Irish dancing performances, and Sean, while organizing a yearly Shamrock Run to marching in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Tom was one-of-a-kind who enjoyed drinking a pint of Guinness and a shot of Jameson while singing his rebel songs. He also enjoyed his time contributing to others through his work with the Madonna School.
Tom loved the outdoors, snowmobiling, boating, and traveling in his RV. He never missed out on an adventure and lived life large. He loved his family and friends more than anything else and will be missed dearly.