|Address||680 S Mitchell |
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126, United States
|| February 21, 1946
Feb 21, 2019 05:54pm
|Info||James E. "Jim" Ryan |
Jim Ryan was bom to Edward and Elissa Ryan on February 21, 1946, in Chicago. Edward was an Irish American home builder and Elissa was a homemaker who immigrated from Italy as a child. Jim and his two younger sisters. Maria and Peggy, grew up in the home their father built in Villa Park. Ryan attended a local Catholic high school. St. Procopius Academy (now Benet Academy). He graduated from Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) in 1968, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. In 1971, he received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ryan and his wife Marie, his high school sweetheart and wife of 41 years, have six children, John, Jim, Matt, Amy, Patrick and Anne Marie. His two youngest children, Patrick and Anne Marie, are now deceased. The Ryans also have nine grandchildren.
Throughout his rich life, Jim Ryan and his close and loving family have demonstrated grace under pressure. His faith and experience as a Golden Gloves boxing champion in Chicago helped him handle the rough blows life would deliver. Jim Ryan has beat back three bouts of non-Hodgkin’s large cell lymphoma cancer and has been cancer-free for eight years. His wife Marie nearly died after suffering a cardiac arrest in 1997 and has fully recovered. Tragically, their youngest child Anne Marie died in 1997 at the age of 12 to an undetected brain tumor, and their second youngest child, Patrick, took his own life in 2007.
The Ryans endured their tragedies through their faith and by helping others. The annual Annie Ryan Run in Elmhurst has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Midwest Children’s Brain Tumor Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Jim has been vocal in speaking out publicly on mental illness and Jim and Marie have quietly counseled hundreds of families dealing with cancer and other hardships.