Our Staff


Clement J. Ryan

Clement J. Ryan

Licensed Funeral Director

Clem is a life long resident of Park Ridge and has been the cornerstone of the business. He is a second generation funeral director, now for over 60 years.  Clem was born and raised in Park Ridge and attended the original Maine Township High School (now called Maine East High School). He went on to the University of Illinois where he graduated with a business degree. Still active in the business today, Clem insists on the highest level of service and care. He and his wife Rosemary have been active in many community, church and civic organizations over the years. They raised their four children in Park Ridge and now enjoy 13 grandchildren. Clem and Rosemary still reside in Park Ridge and have been married for over 55 years.

Tel: (847) 823-1171 


Michael C. Ryan

Michael C. Ryan

Licensed Funeral Director

Michael is a third generation funeral director and has served as President since 2004. Michael received an undergraduate degree from Butler University in Public & Corporate Communications, a degree which led him to IBM where he further developed his business and communication skills. In 1993, he joined his father in the family business and earned his license as a funeral director from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Michael was born and raised in Park Ridge, where he still resides today with his wife Lisa and their two children, Patrick and Abigail. Michael has been an active member with the Park Ridge Rotary Club, Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Park Ridge Business Owners Networking Group. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Tel: (847) 823-1171 


Edward J. Ellis

Edward J. Ellis

Licensed Funeral Director

Ed has been a licensed funeral director since 1983 and a loyal member of the Ryan-Parke family since 1993. Treating families like they're his own, Ed serves with patience and compassion. He has been an active member of the Park Ridge Kiwanis Club for over 20 years. Ed and his wife Jayne reside in Palatine and have two children, Austin and Brooke.

Tel: (847) 823-1171 


Richard J. Kehoe

Richard J. Kehoe

Family Service Counselor

Rich joined the Ryan-Parke staff in 2001 and serves as our Family Service Counselor. Rich assists families with funeral pre-arrangements, organizes community awareness programs and meets with families following the funeral service to assist with any post-funeral needs. Prior to Rich entering the funeral industry, Rich was an elementary education school teacher in Chicago. He and his wife Susan reside in Chicago.

Tel: (847) 823-1171 


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