Funeral services for Eileen Krebs Ryan will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St.
Ryan, 84, died Thursday at the Omaha home she shared with her husband of 64 years, Dr. Wayne Ryan. She died after a short illness, said family spokeswoman Cindy Christensen.
“Eileen was a generous and caring person,” said Beth Mueller, a longtime friend.
Mueller recalled a time that Ryan was picking up a prescription. She realized another woman at the pharmacy did not have enough money to pay, so Ryan discreetly paid for both their prescriptions.
“She would see a need and just help,” Mueller said.
Ryan and her husband have long had ties to Creighton University. Wayne Ryan was a researcher and professor of microbiology at CU before founding Streck Laboratories in 1971.
The couple were longtime supporters of Creighton academics and athletics and received honorary doctor of humane letters degrees in 2009 in recognition of that support. That same year, Creighton dedicated the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center, home to its women's volleyball and basketball teams.
The remodeled plaza and entrance at Omaha Mercy High School carries the Eileen Krebs Ryan name. She graduated at 16 from St. Mary High School in Omaha, a predecessor of Mercy. Her 2008 gift to fund the entire project was the largest individual gift in the school's history.
Ryan grew up on a ranch west of Petersburg, Neb. Her family moved to Omaha when she was 14.
Besides her husband, survivors include children Connie Ryan, Timothy Ryan, Stacy Ryan and Steve Ryan, all of Omaha, and Carol Ryan of Chicago; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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