Robert Parke "Ace" Ryan

May 28 1926
Jul 29 2020
94 Years
Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Robert Parke "Ace" Ryan, 94, of Parkesburg, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Coatesville, PA.  He was the husband of Susan Ulrich Ryan with whom he shared 26 years of marriage, and his late wife, Audrey T. Ryan, who died in 1989.  They had shared 39 years of marriage.  Born in Lancaster, Bob was the son of the late M. Parke and Mary M. Miller Ryan.

Bob was an area resident all of his life.  He graduated from the former Parkesburg High school in 1944, and was a proud member of the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the 701st tank battalion in the European Theater campaign.  Following his discharge from the Army in summer of 1946, Bob was employed by Keystone Mushroom Company as a truck driver.  Later he was employed by Armstrong World Industries, as a lab technician in the Research and Development Center, retiring in 1989.   Under the GI bill, Bob took classes at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and later attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, working towards a degree in Chemistry.

Bob was a member of the Parkesburg United Methodist Church for over 60 years, serving in various capacities whenever the need arose.  He served as assistant scoutmaster in local Troop 135 in the 1970's and served on Parkesburg Borough Council from 1975-1979.  Bob enjoyed traveling and baseball, especially the New York Yankees, and spending time with the family.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children; Debbie Miller, wife of Phil, of Parkesburg, Bob Ryan, husband of Cindy, of Paradise, step children; Matthew McKee, husband of Dene, of Philadelphia, Kelley Benson, wife of Dean, of Florida, grandchildren; Ryan Miller, Meghan Termat, Kurt Miller, Tim Malone, Morgan Adams, Matthew Adams, Brooke Benson, Braden Benson, Ava McKee and Adrianna McKee.  He was preceded in death by siblings, Winifred McNeal, Frances Quinn, and Paul Ryan.

The family would like to thank the many caregivers who have been so devoted to Bob over the years.  These people looked after his every need, treating him with dignity, respect, and most importantly with love.  A very special thank you to Deanna, Rebekah, Penny and Mandy. You treated Bob like family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. from the Parkesburg United Methodist Church, 411 Main St., Parkesburg, PA 19365 with a viewing from 2:00 p.m. until service time.  Interment will be held on Monday, August 3, at 2:00 p.m. at Atglen Methodist Cemetery.  To protect those at-risk, please wear a face mask and practice social distancing at the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Parkesburg Methodist Church at the above address.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg.  Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Aug 3 2020 - 2:59pm
Service Location: 
Parkesburg United Methodist Church


Debbie and family and Bob and family,

Please accept our sincerest condolences.  I have fond memories of "Ace" and was often regaled with stories about his exploits in high school from my Dad.  As you know they were good friends growing up.  
He was a good and honorable man and he will be missed!

Norm and Nancy Pine



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Big hugs and blessings to you Sue and family...sorry for your lost... However know he's in heaven and appreciated YOU !!!!

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To the family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Please let us know if you need anything and know we are here for you. Much Love sent your way.

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Debbie, I'm so sorry for your loss, and it's so ironic we're going through this at the same time.  I think what you said to me last nght is right - they're probably in Heaven trying to improve the Parkesburg-Christiana corridor!  Although I didn't know your Dad, I know he was a good man based on the daughter he raised.  Please let me know if I can do anything to help ease your pain.  Steve

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Debbie and family, Mr Ryan was always a true gentleman and was a great example of what "Parkesburg" truly is!

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Susan just want let know how sad I am of Ace passing . I chose to hold the fine memories of him that has made me laugh in the past , and still do to this very day. He will surely be missed be never forgotten.    Your friend,  Rhett Lipscomb 

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Dear Susan, Debbie and Bob.  Our deepest sympathy to your and your families.  Ace was a true Gentleman and a great story teller.  He will be missed by every life that he touch.    Love Roy and Sheila Wilson

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Dear Susan, Russ and I send our sincere condolences to you and your familt at this sad time. Endngs are always difficult even at the great age Bob had achceived.

Take care of your self and enjoy those Sunshine Babies,

<3 Kathy

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