Barry Ryan died peacefully in his home in Dauphin on Feb.17 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Meriden, CT on 09/09/1940, he was the eldest son of Mary (Lonicki) and William Ryan. In addition to his parents, Barry is preceded in death by his son John, brother William Ryan and brothers-in-law Kurt Wusterbarth, Michael Evans, and Frank Reuwer. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Jacquelyn Reuwer Ryan, children Michael and wife Reba Ryan of South Bend, IN; Matthew and wife Michele Ryan of East Fallowfield, PA; Daniel Ryan of Harrisburg, PA; and Melinda Bailey of Lexington, KY; grandchildren Alyssa and husband Phillip Kirchner of Lancaster, PA; Ashley and husband Patrick Myers of New York City; Nicholas Ryan of Chicago, IL; Elizabeth Ryan of Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Daley and Delaney Ryan of East Fallowfield, PA; Heather Bailey of Lexington, KY; great grandchildren Madeleine Kirchner, Caden Ryan, Rodrigo, Ronald, and Gisele Bailey. Barry is survived by sisters Patricia and husband Ronald Stempien of Clinton, CT; Mary Ellen Evans of So.Windsor, CT; Arlene Wusterbarth of Stonington, Maine; Maureen and husband James Waldron of Wallingford, CT; brother Dennis and wife Linda of East Amherst, NY; sisters-in-law Jacqueline Ryan of Marietta, GA; Loretta and husband David Cowdrill of Gainesville, VA; Mary Patricia and husband Robert Seurkamp of Baltimore, MD; and Nadine Reuwer of Northbrook, IL He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Barry was a family man with a strong commitment to his family and faith. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was liked by everyone who met him. He was driven by a strong work ethic and obsession to give to those less fortunate.
Barry graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. He also took extensive graduate work at the University of Delaware and Temple University. He taught Spanish and public speaking at Archmere Academy in Claymont, DE. He is a 1965 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He served as a Special Agent in Washington, DC; Jacksonville, Tampa, and Cocoa Beach, FL field offices.
He served as Security Director for General Telephone before becoming the Director of Security for international operations at the Spalding Corporation.
In 1976, he founded a Sonitrol Security franchise in Harrisburg, which he later sold to focus on his true passion, investigative work.
In 1982, he formed a private investigative agency that eventually became Information Network Associates, Inc., (INA). INA was first operated out of his home but grew into an international private investigative, risk intelligence, and security agency employing nearly 200 employees in multiple states. Barry served as the Chairman of the Board at INA up until the time of his death
Barry was a member of numerous present and past professional organizations throughout his distinguished career. He presented and was a guest speaker for many of these groups. Some notable organizations include:
• The Society of Former FBI Agents,
• Certified Fraud Examiners
• Certified Fraud Consultants
• National Association of Legal Investigators
• ASIS International
• International Intelligence Network
• Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators (founding member)
Barry also gave much back to his community and was driven to help those less fortunate. Barry organized a Sunday evening dinner program for the homeless and less fortunate in Harrisburg. Barry used his position as an Alumni Board member at the University of Notre Dame to jointly develop a Bread of Life Food Program. This program was later developed into a nationwide program. In 2007, the University of Notre Dame awarded Barry and his wife the Family Exemplar Award for distinguished efforts in community service. In 2009, Barry was nominated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades to receive membership in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. This honor is conferred on those who have done meritorious work for the Church.
He worked with local charitable services initiated by the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg and his local parish, St. Matthew Church, in Dauphin, PA. He also worked with the Catholic Church to help bring about resolutions to controversial matters. In an effort to help restore faith and trust from recent events in the Catholic Church, Barry initiated the program “Restoring Catholic Trust, LLC.”
In the spirit of giving back, Barry, in the final days of his life, brought together a group of authors to create a “primer for the private investigative industry.” This book resource and educational tool for those looking to start, grow, and maintain a successful private investigative business.
Barry was a proud1962 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was actively involved in many alumni organizations and clubs. Over the past 58 years he served in the roles of officer, president, program chair, and event organizer for Notre Dame Clubs in Jacksonville, FL; Lexington, KY; and Harrisburg, PA. He served a three year term as Regional Vice-President for the Mid-Atlantic Region providing direction for 17 ND clubs in the region. Barry’s love of Notre Dame and especially the football program is renowned!
Thank you to all of our family and friends who prayed and supported Barry and his family during his final days. Each of you kept us lifted in ways that words can never fully capture our sincere appreciation and gratitude. We will miss his physical presence in many ways, yet hold his spirit and memories of his smile in our hearts always.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg Scholarship Fund, PO Box 6010, Harrisburg, PA 17112, or Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School, 212 State Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.