John E. “Jack” Ryder, 68, of LaGrange Park, died on June 26, 2019. 

He was born on Oct. 12, 1950, to Raymond A. Ryder and Elaine Unger Ryder. After a not-so-stellar two years of college, Mr. Ryder joined the U.S. Navy. Once his naval service was finished, he worked full time and earned his bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College in 1982, and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1990. 

He worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation for more than 27 years, taking early retirement at the end of 2002. His second career was at the University of Chicago as a construction contract specialist. 

A longtime resident of LaGrange Park, Mr. Ryder served as a village trustee for 12 years. He also represented the First United Methodist Church in LaGrange at the local, national and international levels and was a member of the American Legion and Lions Club. 

Mr. Ryder was the husband of Deborah A. Ryder (nee Rizzo); “father” of Jona and Bryan Van Deun; “Big Jack” to Barrett Van Deun and Ainsley Van Deun; the brother of Susan (Roland) Cull and Barbara (Edward) Welk; the brother-in-law of Nick Rizzo, Sue Sullivan, Marty (Sue) Rizzo and Kris (Dick) Schultz; and an uncle and great-uncle of many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation is at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St. in Brookfield, on Friday, August 16 from 3 to 9 p.m. A Celebration Life is on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodists Church of LaGrange, 100 W. Cossitt Ave. in LaGrange.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to First United Methodist Church of LaGrange.