Ryan Funeral Home | Madison WI funeral home and cremation

Recent Obituaries

Welcome to Our Funeral Home

As a third generation, family owned and operated funeral home with four convenient locations, our experienced and caring staff will treat your family with the compassion, dignity and professionalism you deserve in your time of need. Since 1938, It has been our privilege to guide families of all faiths through the process of grieving with neighborly concern and professional care..

Through three generations of Ryans; Paul, Connie, and Roman, Ryan Funeral Home has grown to meet the needs of Dane and surrounding counties.

In 2000, the Ryan family acquired the Joyce Funeral Home in Verona, and on Odana Road in Madison, in order to assist our family’s needs on the growing west side of Madison. The Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home had been established in 1921 by Mr. Joyce, Winifred O’Rourke’s father. In 1954, William O’Rourke took the reins. William served the Madison and Verona areas for over 30 years before his passing.

In 2006, the Ryan family built a new funeral home in DeForest to better serve the families of Windsor and DeForest.


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Family Owned Vs. Corporate

Funeral Homes

Over the past several years, large publicly traded companies have been purchasing funeral homes across Wisconsin and the United States, including here in Dane County. The early nineties saw hundreds of family operated funeral homes across North America brought into the fold of large multi national firms.  Recent media reports such as 60 Minutes, Time, and US News and World Report conclude that these death care business operations, while trying to maintain the façade of a family operation, quickly increase prices considerably and enforce merchandising policies on employees geared to significantly increase their bottom lines.

Ryan Funeral Home is a family owned and independently operated funeral home.  We are not operated by a large public corporation. We take pride in our local ownership and the many ways in which we contribute to our communities through educational offerings, charitable donations and hundreds of volunteer hours. Our investment in the community spans over 80 years and we passionately believe in doing our best to make Madison, Dane County and the surrounding communities a better place to live.

Not all funeral homes in Dane County are privately owned. We feel there is a distinct difference between our funeral homes and those owned by publicly traded companies.

Our Locations

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Ryan Funeral Home – West Side Chapel – Madison
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5701 Odana Road
| Madison, WI 53719
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Tel: 1-608-274-1000
| Fax: 1-608-274-3703

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Ryan Funeral Home - DeForest Windsor Chapel
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6924 Lake Road
| DeForest, WI 53532
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Tel: 1-608-846-4250
| Fax: 1-608-244-0782

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Ryan Funeral Home – North Side Chapel – Madison
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2418 N. Sherman Avenue
| Madison, WI 53704
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Tel: 1-608-249-8257
| Fax: 1-608-244-0782

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Ryan Funeral Home – Verona Chapel
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220 S. Enterprise Drive
| Verona, WI 53593
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Tel: 1-608-845-6625
| Fax: 1-608-274-3703

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Our Associations

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National Funeral Directors Association

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Trust 100

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Better Business Bereau

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Wisconsin Funeral Directors
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