John Ryberg | 1925-2020

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John W. (Jack) Ryberg, Jr. was born Oct. 4, 1925 and passed away Oct. 26, 2020 due to complications after a fall in his home. He grew up in Harcourt, IA and later attended Iowa State where he earned an engineering degree after serving in the Air Force during WWII. John married Pauline Hade Ryberg, also of Harcourt, IA, after college and moved to southern California where he worked in the aerospace industry in various capacities including engineering and marketing. He continued to work in the aerospace industry until his retirement.

John later married Wanda Ann Ryberg, who also passed away this year on May 13, 2020. John and Wanda moved to Troy, MI in the late 1960s, returned to northern California for a short time, then settled in Edmonds, WA, while living part-time on Orcas Island prior to retirement. Upon retirement, John and Wanda moved permanently to Spring Point on Orcas, near Deer Harbor, where John was integral in maintaining the community water system, including development of a reverse osmosis system. John enjoyed walking the roads of Spring Point, sailing and cruising around the San Juan and Gulf Islands, the beautiful view from his deck while watching the boats go by, anything with peanut butter, and falling asleep in front of the TV after watching Bluebloods.

John left the island in early 2019 to live with his son and daughter-in-law in Concord, CA, prior to his passing. He is survived by 2 sisters- Beth Read (of Key Biscayne, FL) and Mary Moser (of Hilton Head, SC). He had 4 children- Greg Ryberg (of Sandpoint, ID), Brett Ryberg (of Coeur d’Alene, ID), the late Sharon Moller (of San Dimas, CA), Jim Ryberg (of Concord, CA), 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Due to the pandemic, there are no plans at this time for a public memorial service.