Dr. Jeffry Allen Rybak

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Dr. Jeffry Allen Rybak of Bowling Green, OH died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Toledo Hospital after suffering a major coronary attack while playing ice hockey at Ottawa Park in Toledo. Good friends from his hockey team were with him at the time of the attack and stayed afterwards at the hospital. Jeff was born on January 23, 1966 in Gary, IN to Ted and Mary Rybak of Valparaiso, IN. He graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a degree in English and Spanish and then earned an MA in English, with specialization in technical writing, at BGSU. He worked as a technical writer and technical trainer at Intergraph Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama for eight years, spending one and a half of those years as a consultant in London, England, before returning to BGSU in 1998 to take a job with ITS and to begin work on his Ph.D. in technology management, a degree which was granted by Indiana State University. In 2003, he began working at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and then continued working in NASA-related positions, most recently as a project manager with SAIC. In addition, he taught a number of classes over the years as an adjunct professor in BGSU's College of Technology and its English Department. Jeff is survived by the people he adored: his wife, Amy (Barber) Rybak; children: Nicholas (20), Erica (17), and Ian (9); both parents; his in-laws: Les and Sue Barber; and his brother-in-law, Tim Barber (Krysten), with niece Emily and nephew Alex. Jeff and Amy married in 1990 at Prout Chapel on the BGSU campus. The couple's children were born in Huntsville, London and Bowling Green. His influence is evident in his children's lives; helping Nick to success in swimming and college; supporting and encouraging Erica in golf and track; adding excitement to Ian's involvement in children's theater and karate. A varsity letter winner in football and baseball at the high school and college levels, Jeff remained an avid sports fan and participant all his life, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the games he loved. After college, he engaged in sports, from hockey and power lifting to tug-of-war and rugby. Recently, he had been preparing for the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Pump and Run in Columbus, a competitive challenge in which he had previously excelled. He was committed to his family and was a person who loved the companionship of others. In return, he was admired and loved by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at DUNN FUNERAL HOME, located in Bowling Green's Historical District at 408 West Wooster Street. Visitation Friday, February 15, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Private interment at Oak Grove Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be gifted to the BGSU Falcon Hockey program. Condolences, fond memories and photos may be shared with the family by visiting: www.dunnfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Times on Feb. 13, 2013
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