September 25, 2017

Kenneth Ryan, 91

Quietly expert and patriotic

Many will not remember Kenny Ryan,  who retired in 1987 after working faithfully for O&G for 30 years, the last eight of which were spent as an estimator for the Building division. With years of valuable civil engineering experience under his belt, he became an estimator back when there were only four men preparing bids. He was a civil engineer, an expert on site work and his bids reflected it. Those who do remember Kenny speak of  him with respect. They recall his congenial way and his dedication to a disciplined work day. Perhaps Kenny’s diligence was the good fruit of  a military career that began when he enlisted in the 24th Bombardier Group of  the Army Air Forces during World War II. When the Korean War erupted, he was back in uniform and afterwards joined the Air Force Reserves, retiring after 30 years at the rank of Major. Kenny loved skiing in Vermont, often with fellow estimator and friend Ernie Torizzo. He also made several trips to ski out West with his daughter Cindy and her husband John. A Winsted resident his entire life, Kenny passed away in his own home on January 20th.