Bob Ryan, or “Mr. Bob” as he was known by many in his beloved town of Jackson, GA, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Thursday, December 17, 2020. Bob was born to the late Sylvia and Robert Ryan in Racine, WI and grew up in his childhood hometown of Kenosha. He was an avid athlete at Kenosha High School and went on athletic scholarship to the University of South Dakota, where he received a marketing degree. Bob proudly served the United States as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He had a successful career as a corporate executive for Unocal and raised three children. Mid-career, Bob wanted to be more engaged with people and the community, so he left his position at Unocal to start Atlanta South 75, Inc. in Jackson, GA. The Jackson community was his home for the past four decades, and he made his indelible mark in the hearts and lives of so many. What defined Bob the most was his compassionate and caring heart that was filled with the love of God, which he so freely shared with anyone he met. He lived a life in service and care of others, always willing to give people a chance. Bob never forgot that someone paid his little league fees when his family could not afford to pay, and he chaired a golf tournament in Jackson for over 20 years so that children could have the opportunity to play sports. In his truck stop business, he thought of and treated those that worked with him like family, built relationships with customers who became lifelong friends and dedicated the space to serving God through supporting Truck Stop Ministries. He was grateful to be honored many times for the devotion he showed his community. His spiritual home was Jackson United Methodist Church. He was an active servant of its ministries, teaching Sunday school and leading mission trips to Honduras with his wife, Susan, for many years. Bob's family and all those who knew and loved him will treasure the memories of his kind heart, his unwavering love and support, and the jokes he so often told.
At the end of his life, Bob was surrounded by those who loved him: wife, Susan; sons, Kevin Ryan, Kerry Ryan and Charles Barber; his sister, Kathy (Sis) Tenuta; son-in-law, Chris Castillo; and in-laws, Gene and Peggy White. He is also survived by: daughter-in-law, Jennifer Ryan; grandchildren: Tyler, Cole, McKenna, Jake, Addison and Henry; sister-in-law, Joanne Ryan; daughter, Kelly; nephews, nieces, more friends than could ever be counted and his special dogs, Annabelle and Rocky. He was preceded in death by brother, Patrick.
His family wishes to thank those at Sacred Journey Hospice for the gentle care and dignity they bestowed on Bob during his transition.
The family will have a private celebration of life. Donations in his memory may be made to Jackson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1880, Jackson, GA 30233. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.sherrell-westburyfuneralhome.com. A life well lived and loved. We will miss you, Bob!