John Paul Ryan

–  12/22/2016


John P. “Jack” Ryan, 89, passed away peacefully December 22, 2016. The date was significant as this was the 65th anniversary of his marriage to his beloved wife, Sally.

John was born December 12, 1927 to Patrick T. and Florence Ryan in Scranton, PA. He had 9 siblings and often said they weren’t poor, they just had no money. At 17, after graduating from St. Patrick’s High School as Class President, he joined the Navy to serve in WWII. He was honorably discharged in December, 1948.

He married Sally Ann Ryan, (nee: Flickinger), December 22, 1951. He attended The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and received his BS in 1952. In 1955, he received an MBA from Wharton Graduate School.

His love was transportation and he spent his whole career in trucking where he mostly specialized in deregulation.

John enjoyed golf, and in his 60’s finally made a trip to play his favorite courses in Ireland. His favorite line was that he was looking for his castle because the Ryan’s were all King’s in Ireland. It almost worked! More so than golf, he loved his family. His view on life was an inspiration to us all and he passed this on to his three sons.

His favorite saying was “Easy come. Easy go!”, and that is exactly how he left this world.

John never lost his sense of humor even at the end. A few hours before he passed he asked to comb his hair. We like to think he wanted to look good for Mom in Heaven.

John is survived by his sister, Mary Ryan Payton, of Scranton, PA, his favorite son Kevin Sean Ryan of Denver, CO, and the other one, Michael C. Ryan of Glen Ellyn, IL, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His wife Sally, and son Daniel, predeceased him.

A life celebration for John will be held January 28, 2017 1:30 PM at Shannon’s Irish Pub after noon following his interment. A short ceremony will be held at the St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery chapel Palatine IL. at 12PM. Please wear your favorite golf shirt. In lieu of flowers, please pour a glass of Jameson and make a donation to your local hospice.





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