John E. “Jack” Ryan

John E. “Jack” Ryan

December 15, 1929 – June 5, 2021

Preceded in death by his beloved and revered wife of 59 years, Betty C. Ryan; infant daughter, Mary Anne; son, Timothy Ryan.  Survived by sons: Terry (Kathy), Pat (Terri), Dan (Julie); daughter, Liz Culver (Jerry); grandchildren: Scott, Katie (Dustin), John (Olivia), Angie (Troy), A.J. (Michelle), Alex (Jessi), Becca, and Cody; great-grandchildren: Mason, Luke, John, Zoe, and Jacob; cousin and good friend, Dan Lake; many other loving family members and friends.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 9th from 5pm to 7pm, followed by VIGIL SERVICE: at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, June 10th at 11am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Avenue.  Private Interment.  Memorials may be directed to the family.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please go to and click on the “View Live Cast” button on our home page.


Preceded in death by beloved and revered wife of 59 years, Betty C. Ryan; infant daughter, Mary Anne; son, Timothy Ryan. Survived by sons: Terry (Kathy), Pat (Terri), Dan (Julie); daughter, Liz Culver (Jerry); grandchildren: Becca, Scott, John (Olivia), Katie (Dustin), Angie (Troy), Cody, A.J. (Michelle), Alex. (Jessie); great-grandsons: John Patrick, Jacob, Mason, Luke; best friends: Ed McQuade (Marguarite), Craig Labs, Father Carl Salanitro, Father Chuck Swanson, Father Dominick Mainelli, Fr. Ted Kalamaja, S.J., Dan Lake, Paul Wettengel, Don Erftmier, Ralph Melinda Nelson (Melinda), Herb Millard (Joyce), Russ Winklebauer (Kathleen), Kris Moore, Mike Earl, Don Rowe, Mark Bresley, Merle Stebbins, Orlen Korner, Gus Hantouli, Arnold Joffe (Sharon), Bob Maher; fellow workers at U. S. Mechanical Service, Inc., the surviving members of Creighton Prep class of 1947; and all of those that his mind was too weak to remember and to mention by name.

Jack was a part of the mechanical contracting industry locally and nationally since 1948.  He was Chairman and Committee member of the National Safety Committee for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.  He was a member and past President of the Mechanical Contractors Assocation of Omaha, chairman of the Ray Martin Co. of Omaha, Consultant to U. S. Mechanical Service, Inc, Consultant to Prawl Engineering Corp., President of Jack Ryan Consultants, past President of the Omaha Executives Association, past President Omaha Sales Leaders, past President Omaha Builders Exchange, founder and past president of the Construction Industry Affairs Council of Nebraska, past member of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association, and Chairman of the City of Omaha Building Board of Review.  Jack held licenses as a Master Steamfitter and Air Conditioning/Air Distribution Contractor.

He never retired saying all he knew how to do was work, but it was never work since he enjoyed it so much.





  • Herb and Joyce Millard Posted June 7, 2021 6:37 pm

    Our deepest sympathies in the loss your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and our friend of many years. We have so many wonderful memories of business travel with Jack and Betty and enjoying dinners, bridge, and great times at their lake place. They were generous and caring people, loyal to their friends; they loved and cherished their family. May your happy family memories sustain you in your grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Merle Stebbins Posted June 8, 2021 8:13 am

    Jack was not only a mentor to me he was one of my dearest friends. What a great husband, father & grandfather.. Also one.of the most respected business man in Omaha. We will all miss Jack. God Bless his memory.

  • Kathy Ryan Posted June 10, 2021 11:04 am

    What a lovely service, Jack would have loved it, you all did such an amazing job. I wish I could be there with you, but extremely grateful they streamed both the Rosary and the Funeral. I love you all so much.

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