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Obituary for Daniel R. Ryel

Daniel R. Ryel, 76, of Fredonia, NY, passed away on Tuesday March 5, 2024 at Brooks Memorial Hospital.  He was born March 15, 1947 in Rochester, NY, the son of David D. and Dorothy K Ryel. He considered his greatest achievement marrying Nancy Patti, his wife, friend and consigliere in 1969. She was his soul. Dan was a graduate of Fredonia Central School, where he was President of the Class of 1965, a former member of the Board of Directors of Aspire of WNY Committee for Special Education, Fredonia Central School and former President of the Chautauqua Life Underwriters. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1970 and attained the rank of Staff Sargent. He then returned to SUNY Fredonia and achieved his BS in English in 1973 and taught English at Westfield Academy from 1973-1977. Daniel then joined his mentor, James H. Blodgett, CLU and began his career as a Financial Advisor. He earned CLU and ChFC degrees and loved to keep current to help his clients, many of whom he considered his friends.

He partnered with Warren Beyer in 1985 and turned his business over to Joseph Gugino, CFP in 2015. Nancy and Dan raised their daughters, Rene and Brennan, who gave their lives meaning and who in turn gave them their grandsons, Keegan and Quinn, to spoil and that they loved. Dan loved to laugh and hopes you do as well.

Daniel is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Nancy; his daughters: Brennan Ryel and Rene (Dan) Maloney; grandsons: Keegan and Quinn Maloney; siblings: Debby Ryel (Dan Lindsey), Dru (Jim) Pasierb and Diana Ryel. Besides his parents, David and Dorothy Ryel, Dan is predeceased by: his brother, David Ryel, an infant sister, Delai and his in-laws: Sam and Minnie Patti.

Memorial contributions in honor of Dan’s daughter, Brennan E. Ryel, may be made to Aspire of WNY, (, 2356 N. Forest Rd., Getzville, NY 14068.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 12, 2024, from 3- 6 pm at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Ave., Fredonia, where a funeral service will follow at 6 pm.  Military honors, accorded by the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council, will follow the funeral home service.  On-line condolences may be made at Arrangements by David J. Dengler.