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St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hawarden
Sunday March 1st, 2020
1:00pm - 7:00pm

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Daniel Jay Ryan

Pipestone, MN: Daniel ‘Doon’ Jay Ryan, 59, of Pipestone, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of life Gathering on Sunday, March 1st from 1-4 PM at the Hiawatha Lodge, 805 3rd Avenue NW, Pipestone, Minnesota. Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.


Daniel was born September 17th, 1960, to Phillip & Marian (Mann) Ryan in Iowa City, Iowa. He was raised in Doon, Iowa, where he met and fell in love with Terri Gorter. They were married July 11, 1981, and made their home in Sioux City, Iowa. They eventually settled in Blaine, Minnesota, and Daniel was hired by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad where he worked as a Water Service Foreman until his passing.


Daniel is loved beyond measure as a husband, father, brother, grandfather, and a great friend. Daniel was most known for his big heart and generosity. His greatest gifts were his sense of humor and his ability to make everyone smile no matter the circumstance. Daniel made everyone feel like a friend and if he was ever upset you would be introduced to his trademark right pointer finger.


A true Irishman, Daniel was an avid fan of all things Notre Dame. Daniel enjoyed working on his acreage, raising his Belgian horses, cruising in his Corvette, drinking coffee with his cronies, and most importantly, spending time with his grandchildren.


Daniel is survived by his wife of 38 years, Terri; daughter, Rhiannon Ryan of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and her children Madalyn, Peter, Justin, Eva; son, Travis (Nicole) Ryan of Sioux City, Iowa, and their daughter Maxine; daughter, Karli (David) Buffington of Holland, Minnesota, and their daughter Raelynn; son, Mitchell Ryan of Pipestone, Minnesota, and his sons Carter and Dexter; siblings, Michael Ryan of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Rita Stevens of Storm Lake, Iowa, and brother-in-law Carroll ‘Gene’ Waag of Akron, Iowa; he was blessed with many amazing aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and fellow BNSF co-workers from all over the country whom he loved dearly.


Daniel was predeceased by his parents, son Justin Daniel Ryan, siblings Jerry Ryan, Robert ‘Bob’ (Rosemary) Ryan, and Bonnie Waag, and lifetime hero Gene Myers.

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So hard to put into words all the good and bad times we spent together both at and after work. "Come on boys, lets get this done". Peace to Dan and all of you.

Ben Johnson Mar 1 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Travis, that is a lovely tribute, Im sure your Father was very proud of the man youve become. Hold tight to the precious memories you have, so sorry for your loss! Mike and Leah DeBruin

Mldebruin@outlook.com Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM

Many great memories of my dear and longtime friend dating all the way back to our Doon childhood. In one form or another we were able to keep in touch 2 or 3 times a year over these many years and whenever we did we could literally talk for hours. Of course these times were spent laughing and storytelling with the stories getting better and better. These memories will last my lifetime as will the many many memories the entire family and other friends have. Each time we ended our visit with an "I love ya" and man sized hug. Rest In Peace my great friend.

Dwayne Postma Feb 22 2020 12:00 AM

Danny and Elroy shared their love for horses when he was in Doon.

Laura Van Engen Feb 21 2020 12:00 AM

As I sit here writing this I try to think of best or funniest story I can come up with, which I can think of a lot of funny, sad, and embarrassing moments that come to mind, but I realize no matter what the circumstance was, it was with my father, and they are all moments I will cherish and pass on to my daughter. I was always reminded by dad that all of his possessions and successes were obtained by a 3rd grade education (which will not be told to my daughter). My dad was an example of what a father, friend, confidant, and mentor should be. Love you always, Pup!

Travis Ryan Feb 21 2020 12:00 AM

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