Roland Leonidas Ryan was born on February 9, 1943 to Sherman Charles and Elois B. Ryan in Houma, Louisiana. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on March 24, 2023.
Roland is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dawn Culpepper Ryan of Baton Rouge and two daughters Tara Ryan Turner (Dr. Galen III) of Ruston, Louisiana, and Tracey Ryan Wilbanks (Earl) of Baton Rouge Louisiana; two granddaughters, Ashley Stephens and Haley Stephens of Baton Rouge, and two grandsons, Galen Turner IV and Benjamin Turner of Ruston; and brother Jerome Ryan of Bogalusa, Louisiana. He is also survived by ten nieces and nephews and eighteen great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Sherman Charles and Elois Busby Ryan, brother Charles Ryan, and sister Patricia R. Cenac.
He was a graduate of Terrebonne High School and received both B.S and M.S. degrees from Louisiana State University.
Roland retired from Allied Signal / Honeywell after 29 years of serving as the Laboratory Forman, Safety Supervisor, and Senior Chemist.
He was a member of University Baptist Church for 55 years, serving as an ordained deacon. He was also a member of the Emmanuel Sunday School class.
Roland was a gifted photographer, taking pictures on many church occasions and taking casual photos of rehearsal dinners and weddings for family and friends. Throughout his life, woodworking was also a favorite hobby. He enjoyed vacations with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren, which brought him great joy. He was a beloved husband and a loving father and grandfather.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Gerald Barber, Hospice of Baton Rouge, Feliciana Home Health, and Home Instead.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to University Baptist Church, a congregation he cared for and served for many years.
Visiting hours will be held at University Baptist Church, 5775 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, on Saturday April 1, 2023 beginning at 10am followed by services at 11am. A graveside service will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Pallbearers will be Alex Cenac, Adam Ryan, Galen Turner III, Galen Turner IV, Ben Turner and Earl Wilbanks. Honorary pallbearers will be the Emmanuel Sunday School class.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” – II Timothy 4:7