Ryan, John Francis "Jack" Age 89 of Rosemount, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2019. Jack was a man of his word and of God. He was known for his strong Irish heart, unwavering loyalty and discipline, and his dedication to family and work. Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Margie, son Dan (Lisa), parents Michael and Rose, and brother Don. Survived by sons Michael, Tom, Bob, Marc (Dianne) and Jon (Nicolle), 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Jack was born on January 3, 1930 at Miller Hospital in St. Paul. He was a very proud lifelong resident of Rosemount. During his lifetime he saw the community grow from a small village as a boy into the thriving city that it is today. Jack was only 15 years old when he lost his Dad Michael in a work accident, a tragedy that forced him to become a man early and forever shaped his life moving forward. A 1947 graduate of Rosemount High School, Jack was a standout three - sport athlete - football, basketball and baseball - for the Rosemount Irish. Jack and Margie were in the same grade growing up and he immediately became smitten with her, and no one was prouder than he was when Margie was named the RHS Homecoming Queen their senior year. Jack briefly attended college at St. Thomas and also served stateside in the US Air Force where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. It goes without saying that Jack worshipped the ground that Margie walked on. The high school sweethearts were married by Father James Furey on May 24, 1952, in Rosemount's St. Joseph's Catholic Church. They were inseparable and Jack leaned on Margie for everything. They made a great team. Together they raised six sons and took great joy in watching their kids succeed in school, sports, business and in their personal lives. Family vacations and weekend trips with the Ahern family to the cabin in Crosslake were especially memorable. Jack was heartbroken when Margie passed away after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease on New Year's Eve 2014. Jack visited Margie and son Dan's side- by-side gravesites religiously every single day thereafter. Armed with a strong work ethic and a tremendous will to succeed, Jack founded Genz-Ryan Plumbing and Heating in Rosemount with his business partner Louis Genz in 1950. Jack became one of the first licensed master plumbers in the state of Minnesota in 1965. Louis retired in the 1970s, but Jack kept the name Genz-Ryan out of respect for Louis, who had served as a father figure for him. Jack also established Ryan Well Drilling, which existed until the early 1980s. Jack served a term as President of the Minnesota Water Well Association where he was on the commission that created the licensing requirements for water well drilling in the state. Jack actually held one of the first water well licenses ever issued in Minnesota. Jack served as President & Margie Vice-President of Genz-Ryan until they retired in 1997. They made an incredible team in business too, providing thousands of employees with jobs through the years and treating them like family in the process. Genz-Ryan is a thriving business to this day and the foundation of the company was built on Jack and Margie's shoulders. Thanks, Jack, for being such a tremendous Dad and Grandpa, not to mention a great friend to so many. We miss you already, but find great joy in knowing that you are reunited with your sweetheart Margie, son Dan, your Mom and Dad, brother Don and so many other loved ones in heaven. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace. Visitation Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville. Visitation at 10 AM and Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am Thursday, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave. W., Rosemount. White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723 whitefuneralhomes.com
John Francis 'Jack' Ryan
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