Albert J. Ryckman Window
Al Ryckman was 84 years old when he died on July 26, 1993. His stained glass window is to the right of the altar and depicts the image of an anchor in blue water within a circular form. The symbol was chosen by his wife, Jane, as expressive of Al’s lifelong interest and involvement in both water activities and the church.
Al was a lifelong resident of Duluth and Park Point. He graduated from Duluth Central High School and from the College of Advanced Traffic in Chicago. He served in the navy during WW2 and was awarded the purple heart. Al also helped patrol the Duluth harbor with the coast guard.
In 1936 he married Jane who came from Tower to attend the Duluth Business College. She worked at the Board of Trade for many years, retiring as manager. Jane and Al lived a rich life of service to the church and community. Many Park Point men who knew Al in their youth remember him as a kind, fatherly person. Among them is Richard Braun who calls him one of his eight fathers. Al was his godfather.
Al taught boys’ swimming at the YMCA and created interest in sailing and ice boating among many of the Park Point youth. Richard Braun says he was a master yachter. Chip Jacob inherited his ice boat. Al was active in the Duluth Power Squadron and served as commander.
Al retired in 1971 from Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway after serving 41 years as a traffic claim agent. Jane died on August 5, 2008. Survivors at the time of her death included one daughter, Nancy Dean, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The circular stained glass window that Jane chose to memorialize Al was completed in October 1994 by Penny Perry. The anchor is a Christian metaphor for “that which supports and keeps one steadfast in times of trial”; it symbolizes hope.
Submitted by Arlene Renken 2017