Funeral Services Set for Frontier Days Founder
Funeral services have been set for the man who founded an annual Fort Dodge tradition. Dr. Bill Ryan, founder of the Frontier Days celebration, passed away Monday at the age of 86. Ryan, an Army World War II veteran, retired from Fort Dodge Laboratories in 1995 but stayed involved by helping to expand the Fort Museum and Frontier Village, establishing the Fort Dodge Dragoons, and of course, the annual Frontier Days Celebration. A visitation will be held Friday from 4:00-8:00pm at the Opera House. The funeral will be at 1:30pm Saturday, also at the Opera House.