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Thomas D. Ryan, retired IRS agent, WWII veteran; Feb. 15, 1921 -- June 28, 2010

Thomas D. Ryan, a retired Internal Revenue Service agent from East Aurora and a decorated veteran of World War II, died Monday in Bayshore Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, Fla., after a brief illness. He was 89.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Ryan attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

Mr. Ryan served as a combat medic with the Army's 4th Armored Division in Europe during World War II. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for aiding seven wounded soldiers while under heavy fire. During the Battle of the Bulge, he was taken prisoner by German forces until the end of the war.

After the war, Mr. Ryan returned to Buffalo, where he graduated from Canisius College with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Mr. Ryan worked for the IRS in Buffalo and Rochester for more than 38 years. In the 1960s, he was part of an IRS strike force that targeted organized crime.

Mr. Ryan was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and season-ticket holder. He also was a third-degree Knight of Columbus.

His wife, Virginia Willman Ryan, died in 1991.

Surviving are two daughters, Dianne Oldham and Nancy Luna; two sons, Stephen and Bernard; and a sister, Dorothy Wisniewski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora.


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