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Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Ryan

December 29, 1980 January 22, 2020
Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Ryan
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Obituary for Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Ryan

MADISON-Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Ryan, age 39, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. He was born on Dec. 29, 1980, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., the son of Thomas and Kathleen (Curtin) Ryan. Nick moved to Lombard, Ill. at a young age, and then to Beloit, Wis., where he attended Beloit College. After college he moved to the Madison area and went to graduate school at the UW-Madison.

Nicholas married Amanda Sanders on Oct. 5, 2007, in Oak Brook, Ill. He began working for the Madison Police Department in 2007 and was promoted to detective in 2016. He was a proud member of the police hockey team and Phi Kappa Si Fraternity. Nick loved animals, enjoyed woodworking, being outdoors and golfing. Most of all, he loved his children and spending time with them.

Nicholas is survived by wife, Amanda; son, Tommy Ryan; daughter, Julie Ryan; parents; sister, Lindsay Ryan; and brother, Emmett (Adam Leohr) Ryan. He is further survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Rd, Madison, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, with Fr. Randy Timmerman presiding. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Madison Professional Police Officers Association, c/o Ryan Family, P.O. Box 1188, Madison, WI 53701, for the family of Detective Nick Ryan. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420

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3:00 PM 1/26/2020 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/26/2020 8:00:00 PM
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care

5203 Monona Drive
Madison, WI 53716

Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive Madison 53716 WI
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:30 AM 1/27/2020 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1/27/2020 11:30:00 AM
St. Dennis Catholic Church (Madison)

505 Dempsey Rd.
Madison, WI

with Fr. Randy Timmerman presiding.

St. Dennis Catholic Church (Madison)
505 Dempsey Rd. Madison WI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Madison Professional Police Officer's Association C/O Ryan Family

P.O.Box 1188
Madison, WI 53701
Family of Detective Nick Ryan

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