John “Jack” M. Ryan, 92, died on Oct. 15, 2019 after a short illness. A longtime resident of Oak Park and River Forest, Jack, along with Joan, his wife of 64 years, were active members of the community. He was a former president of the Oak Park Village Manager Association.
Born to an Irish immigrant family in Chicago, he lost both parents when he was 7 years old and was raised by an aunt and uncle. After service in the army at the end of World War II, he attended DePaul University on the GI Bill and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago while taking first steps in his career in advertising. He worked for Tatham-Laird & Kudner and J. Walter Thompson, then established his own marketing company. He taught at Dominican University when he retired.
Devoted to reading, especially Irish literature, and to folk music, he played guitar by ear and would sing folk songs for his children and their friends in the neighborhood. He worked on political campaigns and was involved in Catholic adult education and community Masses at Ascension and St. Giles parishes.
Gentle, sympathetic, and always stimulating company, he was beloved by friends and family alike.
In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by his children, David (Theresa) Ryan, Sara (Malcolm) Warner, Patty (Brian) Faut and Molly (Peter) Quinn; and his grandchildren, Joseph, Courtney, John, and Maeve Ryan, Madeline and Charlie Warner, Conor, Gillian, and Ryan Faut, and Natalie and Benjamin Quinn. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Ryan, and his sisters, Mary Ryan and Adelaide Leyden.