Madison, Wisconsin (Thursday, December 15, 2016) – The preparations are underway as Connie Ryan, owner of Ryan Funeral Home, not only celebrates the business he built on Madison’s Northside 50 years ago, but also hands over more of the leadership reigns in the new year. The funeral home will remain a unique operation, as the only family-run one with a legacy dating back to Ryan’s father who started a funeral home in 1938. Ryan’s son, Roman, has been part of the business for more than 25 years and helped it grow to it’s current four locations, and Ryan’s grandson Casey will mark the start of the fourth generation, when he begins work as a Funeral Director Apprentice on January 1, 2017.
“They always say the happiest day of your life is when you get married or buy a home,” Connie Ryan says. “But to be honest, the day I went into business was the happiest day of my life. It meant that it was me, I had to make it, I couldn’t blame anyone else for any failures. It was all on me. Now, to celebrate 50 years and welcome another generation into the family business is an honor.”
Ryan grew up with the funeral business in his blood, His father Paul was part of a group which created a funeral home to serve the community 78 years ago. Ryan attended the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science where he received his degree in 1964, after serving in the Marine Corp. He opened the first, original Ryan Funeral Home on Sherman Avenue on December 16, 1966.
Twenty years later, Ryan’s daughter Diane, made history as one of the first women in Dane County to earn a funeral director license. Ryan’s son Roman joined the business in 1992. In 2000, the Ryan family acquired Joyce Funeral Homes located on Odana Road in Madison and in Verona, as a way to better assist the needs of families on the growing west side. They sold the Verona building in 2002, and built a new funeral home there. In 2006, the family built the Ryan Funeral Home in DeForest.
“Through the years, we have maintained a high standard of professionalism, while also trying to make a difficult process a bit easier for grieving families,” Connie Ryan says. “My family has always been honored to guide families of all faiths through the process of grieving, and will continue to do so with neighborly concern and professional care.”
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About Ryan Funeral Home
Ryan Funeral Home is family owned and operated with four convenient locations; on the north and west side of Madison, and also Verona and DeForest. The experienced and caring staff will treat your family with the compassion, dignity, and professionalism you deserve in your time of need. Since 1938, and now into the fourth generation of family leadership, Ryan & Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home has grown to meet the needs of Dane and surrounding counties.