Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary

1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA


John Patrick Ryan

September 13, 1935March 20, 2020

Loving Husband and Father Humble Servant of Jesus Christ

Much could be said about Papa; we hope that Family and Friends will share their memories and thoughts about a life well lived to the Glory of God.

We felt that some mention of accomplishments would be honorable; so in the spirit of humility that Papa exemplified, we wish to share a glimpse of how he used his God-Given talents to serve God and Country.

Personal Information:

Preceeded in death: Orphilia Salk Hennes (mother) John Patrick Ryan, Sr (father) Valerian John Hennes (loving Step-father) Jane Ryan Hubbard (sister) Peggy Sue Ryan (precious daughter)

*Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, September 13, 1935

*Graduate of Sauk Rapids High School, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, Class of 1953

*Graduate of the University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Science in Astronomy and Physics

*Married DoLores MariLynn Erickson of Beulah, North Dakota, June 19, 1959

Professional Accomplishments:

*Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1959-1969 Set up the first BGEA computer system (IBM), wrote software program for mass distribution mailings, first known use of bundling by zip codes, adopted by the United States Postal Service.

*Wycliffe Bible Translators, Mexico City, Mexico, 1969-1972 Instrumental in establishing efficient editing and publishing software for the printing of New Testament Gospels in 15 indigenous people languages.

*NASA/CalTech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, La Canada, California, 1973-1979 Lead systems programmer/manager for the Mars Viking Lander I and Orbiter (first space craft to successfully land and perform on a planet), 1976 Other projects included: HEAO A,B and C (High Energy Astronomy Observatories), Mariner 10 and Voyagers I and II. These projects are featured in the National Smithsonian Institute Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

*Strategic Defense Initiatives, 1979-1999, undisclosed Upon Retirement received highest Letters of Commendation for "Exemplary Service" from: Director of the Central Intelligence Agency United States Naval Space Technology System Directorate, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Greatest Achievement: Imparting a Legacy of Faith, Hope and Love to his cherished Family


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Omar Timal

March 31, 2020

Omar Timal
March, 31 2020
Since I met him, I knew immediately the kind of man he was, a godly person, who served the Lord and care to have a relationship with our Savior.
Always reading the bible, listen gospel music, or watching sermons, praying and caring to go to church on Sunday even when health conditions were not the best.
I have great memories with him, going to different places daily. Now I know, he is with the Lord, knowing that many will miss him without a doubt but we are comforted, that Mr. Ryan is with the best company ,,,,Jesus !
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Cousin David Pflepsen

March 28, 2020

Dear Dee and Family,
In many ways Jack and I were more like brothers than cousins. My dad disciplined us both the same, regardless of the mischief. Jack was a "pain in the neck", though, because he was an excellent student, and I was a "goof-off", and would constantly hear, "Why can't you be like Jack!!" One thing I had over him, however, was I could always beat him in checkers!

The positive influence Jack Ryan had on my life was his Christian witness. Jack lived his Christian faith and I always admired him for that. He was a prayer warrior and an ambassador for Christ. But Jack was no wimp!! Our football coach used to say, "If I had 11 John Ryans on my team, I would never lose a game!" My prayer, dear brother, is that we will be together again in heaven ---- but I will still beat you in checkers!!
Cousin Dave

Annie Ryan Bell

March 28, 2020

Jack, as my family called him, was the brother I always wanted. He was an absolutely amazing man: brilliant, warm, humble, giving and loving. He was a God-fearing man, and he loved and was so proud of his family. If you visited, he fussed over you and made you feel like you were a BIG DEAL! He just wanted you to feel God's love. His breadth of forgiveness was overwhelming. He lived Ephesians 4:32... "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." NKJV I deeply regret that I couldn't spend more time with him. Now he is whole again, with Jesus and his beloved Peggy, singing Hallelujah and looking down at us and smiling. Much love and prayers for Dee, Holly and Jenny and their families.

Dee Ryan

March 27, 2020

It has been such a Blessing to have been married to my sweetheart, John, for 60 plus years sharing wonderful times together, too many to mention in such a brief memorial. Thank all of you for sharing my sentiments as John did set an example of integrity in every capacity of home-life and work responsibilities. The managerial positions he was placed in called for long hours, sometimes 16 hours a days, troubleshooting complicated assignments crucial to maintaining western world freedoms. His passion in everything was serving God and he genuinely treated people with gentleness, kindness and dignity. I am blessed to have lived with John and learned what really matters in life and in death. I love you my Sweetheart. I will miss you tremendously but will join you in Eternity with our Savior, dearest daughter Peggy, and family that we have been praying for.
Lovingly, Dee

Burton Rhodes

March 27, 2020

We love and miss Papa, he was a role model to look up to, that is for sure. My last visit to see Papa was the summer before last, as the distance made it very difficult. But that visit was extremely special for Carrie, Hattie, and me. Although Papa was weak, he loved seeing Hattie and his eyes lit up when he held her and said "Her name is Hattie". When we went to leave on the evening we had planned, Papa was not feeling well and couldn't talk so the goodbyes were short. We got about 30 minutes down the road and decided to turn around and spend one more night. I am so glad we did, in the morning (around 5 am) Papa woke up with more strength than usual. When we went to say goodbye he could talk rather clearly, he held Hattie and said a prayer for her. It was one of the most special moments I ever shared with him, and we shared a lot of special moments over the years. This was the last time I saw him on Earth but we have the hope found in Christ that we will see him (and Peggy) again in Heaven!

Katie Davis

March 26, 2020

I have extremely fond memories of John and Dee who became my stand-in Grandparents while I was a kid. The love shared was evident even as I grew into an adult and they invited me to stay with them during my Navy training. I feel so blessed to have known such a kind and caring person as John and I know he is now enjoying his heavenly home. Much love from James, Katie, Maya, Jade, and Sapphire!

Dustin Whitlow

March 25, 2020

I am terribly sorry to hear of your loss. My Mom, Susan Whitlow shared the news with me. My heart goes out to all of you and I will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

Susan and Phil Whitlow

March 25, 2020

John was like a second father to us, loving, kind and gentle. We are grateful for his service to his family, community, country, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and our Lord. We ask God’s comfort and strength for those he leaves behind who are no doubt confident that he’s at rest in his new heavenly home, in the arms of Jesus, with Peggy and loved ones who’ve gone before him. We will treasure his memories always and know we will see him again someday and there will be rejoicing once again. But our sorrow and loss is great as we mourn for one of the best men we’ve ever known. Big hugs to Dee, Jenny & Holly and family! Wish we could be there in person for you now. Our love & prayers are with you.

Ryan Rhodes

March 24, 2020

Papa was the type of man that every man would hope to be. He was Christlike in his actions and honorable in his conduct. His sacrifices for his family and country are the epitome of selfless service. He committed his life to caring for and serving others. His professional accomplishments are more than most men could dream to achieve. But most importantly, to Papa, was his service to his saviour, Jesus Christ. He gave his all to the furtherance of The Kingdom and never stopped praying for God's wisdom and guidance in his own life as well as the lives of his family. He persevered to the very end and was no doubt greeted by his Saviour when he passed from this life to the next. Papa is severely missed by us all but his wisdom and guidance will remain with us until we are reunited in Heaven.

Stacy Phillips

March 24, 2020

When I think of my Uncle Jack, I think of a devoted family man, who was sweetly romantic with his wife Dee of 60+ years, who doted on his three daughters, Holly, Peggy, and Jenny, who cherished his mother Orphi and stepfather Larry, and who loved his country. He was the most Christ-like figure in my life. For once, I know exactly what God said the moment my Uncle Jack arrived in heaven: "Well done, good and faithful servant." Indeed.