John Ryan McDonald | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

January 23, 1982 - April 30, 2020

John Ryan McDonald

Age 38, passed away at his residence in Richfield, MN on April 30, 2020.

Ryan was born January 23, 1982 and was a lifelong resident of Richfield where he attended High School and Normandale College. He was a gentle and kind person who had many talents, including his love of martial arts. He had a charismatic personality and sharp wit that naturally led him to work that involved sales of any kind and ultimately led to a career in real estate.

He was a loving father and is survived by his son, Michael Ryan McDonald whom he shared with his longtime partner, Marleny Lakin; and siblings, Michelle (David) Nicolai, Mack (Joan) McDonald, Blue (Michelle) McDonald, Andrew Kruck, Gina (Steven) Kruck, Travis (Valerie) Kruck and Angelica (Jesse) Larson.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Guy McDonald and Susan Lee Berg; and grandparents, Arthur and Marjorie McDonald.

A private service will be held at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel.


  1. Matt Berg says:


    It is truly unfortunate that you are no longer here. You will be forever missed.


  2. Tracy Boeke says:

    RIP Ryan, startling to hear, very sorry for the family my deepest condolences to all.

  3. jason sticka says:

    so sad to loose another good person from class of 2000, he will be missed.

  4. Nate Dungey says:

    You were always one of the kindest people I have ever met. I will cherish the driveway basketball games we played in high school. Rest well.

  5. Gene says:

    I would like to express my sorrow to the family and friends of John at this tragic time. Although I did not know John personally, I would like to say that he is in the limitless memory of God. Our loving creator promises a resurrection of “ the righteous “ in Acts 24:15. I sincerely hope that you can find some comfort at this time. Gene S.

  6. Staci (Schuster) Daniels says:

    I remember Ryan as very witty, smart and always having a big smile on his face. My deepest condolences to his son, partner and family. Prayers for peace and comfort.

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