John V. “Jake” Ryan, Jr.
October 28, 1935 – February 10, 2016
Jake Ryan, age 80, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at home while surrounded by his family and friends after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Wilmington, DE on October 28, 1935 to the late John V. Ryan Sr. and Emily (Wilson) Ryan.
Jake was the owner of First State Steel Drum Company and retiree of the United Asbestos Workers Union. He was an avid sportsman his entire life and a very proud member of the 1952-1953 William Penn High School state championship football teams. He played an integral role in Coach Bill Cole’s famous 4 “J’s” backfield. Jake played semi-pro football for the Marcus Hook Oilers and was an All Star center fielder for many years in the Wilmington Semi-Pro Baseball League.
He sponsored many teams and played fast pitch, slow pitch, and senior softball for over 50 years. He also coached numerous youth teams in the Newark National Little League, Newark Babe Ruth, and the Capital Trail football league. He was the former ASA State Commissioner of Delaware softball and a member of the State Softball Hall of Fame.
He was a hunting and golf enthusiast and most enjoyed these pastimes with his family and friends. Jake was a lifetime member of the Holloway Terrace Fire Co., the Brandywine Rod and Gun Club, and Cavaliers Country Club.
His greatest passion and enjoyment in life were his family and friends and he will be dearly missed by everyone who loved him.
In addition to his parents, Jake was preceded in death by his lifelong best friend John Hopkins. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jane Lee (Sentman) Ryan; sons, John V. Ryan III, Robert S. Ryan,William Rick Ryan and his wife, Dr. Daria Ryan; sisters, Barbara Rossiter and husband, Harry and Mildred Garcia and husband, Bernie; brother, Toby Ryan and wife, Shirley; and his four wonderful grandchildren, Jay and his wife, Michelle, Mitch, Austin and Alexis.
The family would like to thank Delaware Hospice for their compassionate care and service, as well as the staff at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center.
Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing from 10 am until 12 Noon on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Spicer Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. Dupont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will follow at 12 Noon. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 684, Manor Branch, New Castle, DE 19720.