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Kenneth "Ken" James Ryan

July 18, 1954 ~ July 28, 2018 (age 64)

Kenneth James Ryan of Alexandria passed away unexpectedly on July 28th while piloting his plane in LaGrand Township, rural Alexandria.  Born July 18, 1954 to Jim and Elaine Ryan, Ken grew up in Lansing, IA, on the banks of the Mississippi River.  He received a BS in chemistry from Loras College and his MD from the University of Iowa Medical School. He married Heidi Brown in 1984, and the couple lived together in Iowa City before moving to Alexandria in 1991, where they raised two children.

Ken was a lifelong learner, and will be remembered for his many talents and interests.  He worked as a river barge deckhand, Air Force computer technician, physician, and manufacturing automation consultant; most recently he was an Anatomy and Physiology instructor at Alexandria Technical and Community College, where he could share his love of learning and passion for teaching.

Beyond his professional life, Ken enjoyed many hobbies, including flying, reading, woodworking, skydiving, scuba diving, gardening, and plane restoration.  He had a special appreciation for natural beauty and enjoyed frequent hikes and runs in Minnesota parks. Ken served the Alexandria community for a number of years on the  City Planning Commission, and volunteered regularly at Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool where he could reach a new generation of students.

Ken will be greatly missed and remembered by his wife and best friend of 34 years, Heidi, daughter Katherine, son Colin, his siblings, cousins, and extended family, and by his many friends, including those at the Alexandria United Methodist Church, Alexandria EAA, Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool, City Hall, and Alexandria Community and Technical College.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Anderson Funeral Home, 659 Voyager Drive, Alexandria.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, August 4th, at 10:00 AM at the Alexandria United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Ave E, with a visitation preceding at 9:00 AM


Donations may be made to:

Butterfly Hill Nature Pre-School
2210 East 6th Avenue, Alexandria MN 56308

United Methodist Church
2210 East 6th Avenue, Alexandria MN 56308
Tel: 1-320-763-4624

Alexandria Technical and Community College
1601 Jefferson Street, Alexandria MN 56308

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