John "Jack" Ryan
1934 - 2018
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May 10, 1934 ~ January 19, 2018

Jack Ryan of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Jan. 19, surrounded by his family and friends. He graduated from Vancouver High School in 1952 before serving in the US Army from 1953 to 1956. He married his wife of 48 years, Patricia Connors in 1960, with whom he had 5 children. Jack worked at Freightliner for 35 years. He was an active member in the community, coaching for Columbia Little League, also serving as the President of the league. He coached football over three decades, starting at St. Joseph's School before cofounding the CCYF League.
Jack was an avid golfer and took joy in all of the activities that his children or grandchildren were involved in. He was a generous and selfless, hard-working, dedicated, loving husband, father and friend to many. He will be deeply missed.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; brother, Jim; and nephew, Dan. He is survived by his 5 children: Jack (Latia), Tom (Janet), Jim (Beverly), Paula (Dave), and Mike along with his 8 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren. He leaves behind his brother-in-law and best friend, Bill Connors and sister-in-law, Adela, along with their children: Patti, Jennifer, and Mike. He also leaves his brother's children,Terry, Mary and John as well as his close companion and friend, Marilyn Dickinson.
There will be a memorial service and a celebration of his life, Saturday, January 27, 12:30 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 25, 2018.
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February 6, 2018
February 6, 2018
I worked with Jack at Freightliner for over 25 years. He was a well respected and personable colleague and friend. Our friendship started when Jack was a Senior at Vancouver High School when I was a lowly Sophomore, but Jack was friendly and helpful to me when most upper class students wouldn't give you the time of day.

We developed a friendship that continued from then on. At Freightliner, our jobs caused us to perform our functions together at times. We frequently had lunch together with other personnel and we played golf together on various occasions. There was never a time when he wasn't polite, helpful and a pleasure to work with. A genuine first-class individual. He will be missed by all who knew him. We feel somewhat comforted in knowing he will be joining his beloved Pat. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Marty Price
January 28, 2018
Jack and Patti were friends of mine for many years and I loved their great sense of fun. They visited me in Arizona and California after I moved away from Vancouver. With Jack's passing there is a great void in my life. I cherish the many years of friendship.
Sincerely, Diane Ceravolo, Lodi, CA
January 27, 2018
Thank you Ryan family for allowing us to be part of Jacks' life. He was a great influence on me. His smile, sense of humor and positive attitude will always be remembered. We shared some great times and lots of laughs. I can't tell you how grateful I am for having spent just a little time with him! Thanks Jack! Until we meet again!
Robert Sparkes
January 27, 2018
We had the honor of living next door to Jack family for many years. He was always
welcoming and couldn't do enough to help
us. We will forever miss that daily
smile and chit-chat. An icon in the
Vancouver community for what he did for
boys football. He was true to the
meaning of--Love thy neighbor. Kelly and
Janice Rankin
January 26, 2018
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Holly Calverley
January 26, 2018
We knew Jack and his family through Columbia Little League. He was truly a very nice man and was respected by all who knew him.
Jim & Marjorie Gulliford
January 26, 2018
I had the privilege of working with Jack at the Freightliner plant during the time he was assistant plant manager. Such a sweet man whose family he spoke of often. Always looked so handsome in his gray suit with that great warm smile. If you worked in the plant and got called into the office you always hoped it was Larry's day off and you had to deal with Jack! Great memories of all, I am sure he will be missed greatly.
Sue Caven
January 26, 2018
We were blessed to have known Jack and his family for over 46 years. We were neighbors, Jack coached our sons in football, Duane worked with and for Jack, and we were friends. The line in his obituary says it best: "Jack was a generous and selfless, hard-working, dedicated, loving husband, father and friend to many." In the 46 years we knew Jack, we never heard anyone say a bad word about him. He was that good and just a wonderful friend. Our prayers are for the Ryan family.
The Burckhard Family
Duane Burckhard
January 26, 2018
even though I did not know Jack for long I enjoyed sharing a golf cart with him and I will miss his smile and his comradery.
Dick Lee
January 26, 2018
Such a great man and a good friend , played golf together , worked at Freightliner together . He will be missed .
Brian Stefan
January 25, 2018
I was so blessed to have met both your parents and what an amazing life and love they had that reflected on you all. My love and prayers to your family, I know your Mom is so happy having your Dad with her now watching over each and every one of you! ❤
Heidi Inman
January 25, 2018
Mr. Ryan was such a wonderful man and kind soul. I have been blessed to know him and his family since grade school. He had such a great sense of humor and great smile! You will be missed! Heaven gained an angel!
Keely Pickering
January 25, 2018
I was privileged to be a part of his life for many years. He was like a Father to me. He guided me, and shared some of life's lessons with me. I admired him for many reasons, he was generous, and had a gentle spirit, with a kind heart. He loved everyone, and had such a warm smile, and a wonderful laugh. I will always hold him close to my heart. He will be missed incredibly, but I find peace in knowing he is "home" and with Pat for eternity! May God now surround his children and loved ones while they grieve and mourn his passing.
Carly Dahl
January 25, 2018
I met Jack one time and knew he was very loved and a great family man. To Paula and his entire circle of family and friends, I am truly sorry for your loss.
Sue Marlette
January 25, 2018
Farewell old friend, we shared some good times. God Bless and comfort your family and many friends.
Jack Holland
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