Ronald Mark Ryniak

Ronald Mark Ryniak

November 22, 1959 ~ November 17, 2020

Date of Service:
November 22, 2020


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Ronald M. Ryniak, adoring husband, devoted father, and loving grandfather, passed away at the age of 60 in Vero Beach, Florida.

Ron was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on November 22, 1959 to Casimir and Iris Ryniak. Growing up in Southgate, Michigan he graduated from Aquinas High School. Ron received his BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1981. He started his career in the Saint Joseph County Probation Department and went on to work in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 2 years. In 1987, he became an FBI Special Agent until retiring in 2015.

Ron loved life, embraced adventure, and always prioritized his family. He was married to the love of his life, Gail, for 35 years and raised two beautiful daughters, Sarah and Emily.

Ron could always be found with a smile on his face. His infectious laugh touched the hearts of anyone he encountered. He enjoyed playing golf, reading, joking with family and friends, and watching the gorgeous Florida sunsets. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved watching Notre Dame football and his Detroit teams. Throughout the years, he traveled all over the world. From Germany to Argentina to Brazil, his specialty was planning trips and embracing new cultures. He even walked the El Camino de Santiago in Spain, a lifelong dream of his. Although he wasn’t a handyman, he enjoyed spending time working on his daughter and son-in-law’s ranch in Okeechobee. His generous spirit also brought him to Illinois last year to work as the ‘manny’, watching his grandson, Jack Ronald. He was filled with joy when going on walks to the park, reading books, and spending quality time with his sweet grandbabies, Jack and Lia. He truly lived a wonderful life.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gail; two daughters, Sarah (Louie) Ruszkowski and Emily (Santiago) Espinoza Hernandez; two beloved grandchildren, Jack Ronald and Lia Sofie; mother, Iris; and four brothers, Rick, Ken, Gary (Diane), and Mike (Becky); and multiple nieces and nephews. His legacy will live on in our hearts and be carried on by our families’ future generations.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 Sixth Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 (with current safe practice restrictions in place).

Arrangements by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

Date of Service:
November 22, 2020


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Pat and Harry

November 20, 2020, 8:06 pm

Oh dear Gail, Ron’s spirit came through with energy and warmth in his story. The smile and laugh and genuine spirit were loud and clear – making us miss him even more and making us grateful to have known him. Sympathy to all of you.

Sue Tranberg - Friend

November 20, 2020, 11:52 pm

Dear Gail, Ernie and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap you in his loving arms and guide you through this time. Ernie and Sue (Pendzinski)Tranberg

Phil and Chris - Friends

November 21, 2020, 12:18 am

We are sure Ron will walk eternally in the house of the Lord and that he will live eternally in the hearts and minds if all who knew him. He was truly an inspiration, a man of integrity, honesty, and faith. He loved good wine, a funny story, good seafood and carrots. He loved a rousing game of marbles, lively conversation, movie night with the guys and, oh by the way, have you seen him dance the tango? He displayed his love to his wife and family constantly, and left no doubt a friend was a friend forever.

Juan and Valentina - Family friends

November 21, 2020, 1:03 am

Our condolences to the Ryniak family. Keeping Ron and the entire family on our prayers.

Carol Schmidt - Friend

November 21, 2020, 12:03 pm

Gail, I am saddened by Ron’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Patricia Blair - Former teacher

November 21, 2020, 1:42 pm

So very sorry for your loss. May you be blessed with wonderful memories during this time. Our prayers are with you.

Jenny and John Millns - Friends

November 21, 2020, 5:07 pm

Gail, We will miss Ron and are still in shock with this news. He was a good man and a kind friend. I remember him heading out on his golf cart,, always with the biggest smile on his face,,, that’s how I will remember him. Praying for peace for you and your family.

Greg and Sabra London - Golf buddies and friends

November 21, 2020, 9:18 pm

Ron’s passing has left a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled. His kind and gentle demeanor along with his wonderful laugh and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Greg is so thankful that he had the opportunity for one last round of golf and Greg and I feel blessed that we had a wonderful time together that evening. We are certain that one day we will all meet again and find comfort that he is waiting for his family and friends, until we meet again.

Beth and John Snowe - Neighbors

November 22, 2020, 12:19 am

Dear Gail, Our deepest condolences. May you and your family find comfort and joy in your memories.

Robert Zalupski - Friend

November 22, 2020, 2:19 am

Gail & Family – words cannot express the sadness that I feel at Ron’s passing. While we did not see each other over a number of years, when we did get together it was as if no time had passed between us. Gail – I look back fondly on our ND / M football weekend last Fall and will always cherish that memory. Keep the Faith and know that Ron’s Love and Spirit will always be with you! God’s Blessings to All, Bob Z

David Quinley - Neighbor/classmate

November 22, 2020, 8:00 pm

To the Ryniak family. So sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. I was a childhood friend of Ron’s growing up just one block away from each other and actually had the same address just on different streets. We went through grade school and high school together. Ron was always one of the nicer people you would ever meet. As a kid growing up we used to play a game called “pom-pom tackle”. Ron was always the last one to get tackled because he was extremely quick and would out-dodge everyone! May he rest in peace!
David Quinley.

Donna Murray - Friend

November 22, 2020, 9:22 pm

Gail, I am so sorry and sad for you, and your family. I had no idea. Your friendship is very special to me, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Ron was such a nice man. If you need a little “Laff” to cheer you, remember the day you and I were so busy gabbing, that Lucy, my dog fell in your swimming pool. Love and blessings dear friend.

Kathi Thompson - Friend

November 22, 2020, 10:52 pm

Gail – Until you sent the video, I was unaware of Ron’s illness and passing. I am so sorry. From the moment you told me about the blooming relationship with Ron, I knew you had found your soulmate. He will continue to be with you for the rest of your life. I’m happy to hear that you will be with family for the coming months. Sending prayers and the best of thoughts about the two of you and your long life together.

Peg DiPoto - Friends, Godmother to Emily

November 23, 2020, 1:38 am

Dear Gail, Emily and Sarah, Jim and I send our deepest sympathy. Since meeting you & Ron in Terre Haute, and the many years since, he sure was a kind soul, friendly to all, and lit up the room with his smile. I am thankful for the fun visits we had in Illinois, Michigan, St. Croix, and Fort Pierce. Emily and Sarah are Beautiful souls, learning so much from their father. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Gail. Peg and Jim DiPoto

Philomina Mathews and Mathew Thuruthiyil - Friends

November 23, 2020, 4:07 am

Hi Gail , Emily and Sarah , so shocking and and still can’t believe . So sorry for all of you . May God give you all the strength and courage to go through this difficult time .Certainly Emily you dad was such a good man with an ever shine smile . Our deepest condolences and prayers

Edward D Jaroszewicz - Friend

November 23, 2020, 11:04 am

My condolences to the family. Ron was a wondeful childhood friend from grade school and high school. Smart, quick and a young man of the highest intengrity. Once he entered the FBI we lost touch with each other. We was a cherished individual whom I have fond memories of. We are so sorry for your loss and pray for the family during this time. God bless.

Cheryl Ake

November 23, 2020, 5:04 pm

Gail, Emily, Sarah and all the family, our deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of Ron. He was a great guy and loved his family. Thoughts and prayers with you all at this most difficult time.

Ken Mehall - Classmate

November 24, 2020, 4:40 pm

So very sad to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a person who commanded respect by the way he lived his life. May he rest peacefully in the next life. Best wishes and condolences to his family and to all those who were fortunate enough to know him in this one.

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