John Henry (Jack) Ryan, 86, of Hendersonville, passed away Thursday, February 16, at his home following a short illness. A native of Detroit, MI, he had been a resident of Hendersonville for over 20 years. He received his bachelor of science degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and his master’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago. Jack loved science and astronomy and taught in private Catholic schools in Cleveland, OH, Louisville, KY and Birmingham, MI. He also taught at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI, was the first director of the Detroit Science Center and had served as president of Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. Jack was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Hendersonville Daybreak Lions Club. He had been a volunteer at Pardee Hospital for many years and loved to travel. Jack is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gretchen Ryan; two stepsons, John Chestnut of Redford, MI and David Chestnut of Hendersonville; his brother, Pat Ryan of Kissimmee, FL; two nieces and one nephew. A memorial mass will be celebrated 10 am Monday, March 13, in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel of Immaculate Conception Church. Committal will take place in the columbarium of First United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731.
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