Ryan, James "Jim" M.

James M. Ryan “Jim” of Plano Texas, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on October 4th 2017 at the age of 85 after a long battle with MDS.

Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie Ryan and his children Tim and Anita Ryan, Michael and Jheri Knowles, Victor and Angie Ryan and Michael P. Ryan.

Jim is also survived by his 9 grandchildren Nicole, Ken, Michael, Preston, Christina, Christoph, Oliver, Simone and Ayleen. His 5 great grandchildren, Kaleb, Addison, Vincent, Dylan and Ellie. He will also be remembered by his brother John “Jack” Ryan and sister-in-law Barbara Ryan. Jim is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Mary Ryan. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

Jim had a passion for flying, genealogy, HAM radio, and exploring the back roads of America with his best friend Bonnie. An avid history buff, he documented the Santa Fe Trail and contributed to rail and aviation museums.

Jim was a Navy veteran and an accomplished private pilot with over 2000 hours of general aviation flight time.  Among his accomplishments, he pioneered wireless communications by presenting the world’s first briefcase telephone as the marketing VP for Tel-Com in the early 70’s and was responsible for securing the initial cellular mobile telephone frequency allocations from the FCC for AT&T and Bell Labs. Jim helped to shape the technology and infrastructure for Collin County and the City of Plano and served in numerous appointments and committees including Chairman of the technology board and director for the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation.

A Celebration Memorial of Jim’s life will be held on October 12th at 11 AM – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to the MDS Foundation in memory of James “Jim” Ryan.


 Follow the links below for more information on Jim’s profile and genealogy research .



Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

2 replies on “Ryan, James "Jim" M.”

Tronnie says:

You always had my love and respect…will miss you!!

Ryans Ireland says:

You were a wonderful Jim. A shining example of loyalty to family heritage. Thank you for keeping the family records’, for the endless research and your loyalty to your Irish roots’. Thank you especially for your patience and courtesy during our telephone conversations’, your kindness and sense of humour. Those precious memories of the past 14 months’ will remain with us forever. Thanks to your diligent, faithful work, our research in Ireland reached completion. We hope you have now found the missing piece of the Jigsaw. Nicholas’, in that great Kingdom, where partings’ are no more. May you rest in eternal peace with the generations’ gone before, and may we meet in that eternal Kingdom when our time on Earth is also done. In Ár Smaointe, agus in ár gra, beidh tú beo chun deirneach ár lae. Go raigh mile mhaith agat a Sheamus le d’obair, le cairdeas agus le gaire, ta suil againn go mbeidh dúinn le cheile lá amháin
sa todhchaí.
Dia duit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5g81duvZtE

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