Born: July 10, 1972 - Deceased: February 15, 2023
Ryan E Brennan, 50 (7/10/72) , of Belleville, Illinois passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, February 15, 2023 at St Louis University Hospital. He suffered an aneurysm and collapsed at his home on January 30,2023. Ryan was airlifted to SLU hospital where he remained in the ICU for 17 days. He was surrounded by people who loved him every minute of those 17 days.
Ryan was the father of Sarah, Kyle and Luke Brennan of Belleville, IL. His children were the loves of his life. Any time Ryan had with his kids was precious time. But, as an adrenaline junkie, his favorite times with his family were spent snow skiing, boating, jet skiing, riding four wheelers, riding dirt bikes, cliff jumping, hiking, etc. Really, anything at full speed with his hair on fire made him happy ! Ryan also loved to travel and had just returned from a two week vacation to Hawaii with his girlfriend, Kathleen. In addition to his children, surviving also is his mother Barbara of Belleville, IL, his father Edward (Sherry) of Bonita Springs, FL, his sister Susan (Bruce Cohn) of Belleville, his girlfriend, Kathleen (her daughter Penny) , and many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces and a nephew.
Ryan graduated from Westminster College and St Louis University law school. He owned and practiced law at the Brennan law firm. He was admitted to the bar in both Illinois and Missouri. During his career, he worked as an assistant state’s attorney for St Clair County, and practiced law with both his father and sister during his career. As a trial attorney, Ryan proudly represented railroad workers who were injured on the job and was a union designated counsel for the SMART union. Ryan was a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA), a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and truly loved being an attorney. He was also a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, a lifelong member of St Clair Country Club and Blessed Sacrament parish.
Our heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses for the wonderful care Ryan received during our days at SLU Hospital and their kindness to us. Ryan fulfilled his wish to be an organ donor and at least three life saving surgeries took place in St Louis following his death. Per his request, Ryan’s body will be cremated.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Even more importantly, please consider doing something kind for someone else as a way to honor Ryan.
Services: A celebration of life will be held from 1-3 on Sunday, Feb 19,2023 at Kurrus funeral home. Friends and family are welcome to share a memory or tell a story about Ryan.