John (Jack) Albert Newhart Ryan

HARBERT — John (Jack) Albert Newhart Ryan of Harbert, Michigan, formerly of Hinsdale, Illinois, passed away peacefully Monday, December 17, 2018.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, March 31, 1937 to Albert J. and Mary C. Newhart Ryan. He graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School and studied architecture at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

He was a project manager on large construction projects around the country such as the construction of a power plant in Wheatland, Wyoming, a production line at the Kellogg plant in Battle Creek, Michigan, managing the relocation of the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor in Princeton, New Jersey, and coordinating the relocation of the Widow Clarke House in Chicago. He was an avid golfer and played in a league at Pebblewood Country Club and was a member of Church of the Mediator. He spent part of each summer since 1951 on the beaches of Harbert. When he wasn't playing golf, he could be found reading novels or playing solitaire. He loved to travel to Europe and spend winters in Florida.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (nee VonSick), children Michelle (Russ) Bartlett of Santa Ana, Cal., and John A. (Julie) Ryan II of Ormond Beach, Fla., and six grandchildren: Ronan, Sophie, Lilly and Max Bartlett and Cayden and Lydia Ryan. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother James, of Plano, Texas.

A memorial service will be planned for next summer in Harbert, MI. Memorials may be made to Church of the Mediator in Harbert. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sommerfeld Chapel in New Buffalo, Mich.

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