Originally published Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 09:31p.m.

John A. (Buck) Ryberg, 78, was born on Oct. 7, 1939, to John and Lola Ryberg in Geneva, Illinois, and he breathed his last in Prescott, Arizona, on July 4, 2018, after a brief struggle with cancer, where he was lovingly cared for by family and Prescott Hospice Family Care.

The family moved from Illinois to northern Wisconsin for a few years, after which they moved to Tucson in 1951. A graduate of Amphi HS and U of A, with a B.S. in Geological Engineering, he met his wife, Linda, at church; they married in 1963. He served his country for three years in the Air Force at Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska, where daughter Gayle was born, and God called him into the ministry. He attended Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1966 to 1970, where he received an MDiv degree. The family returned to Tucson, where he served as pastor and was involved in many ministries.

His parents had moved to Prescott in 1960, after which he considered Prescott his second home. John’s love for music and singing found its expression in church and as a founding member of The Desert Sons, a Western harmony group, who performed for the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott for 25 years, and at times, the Cochise Cowboy and Poetry Gathering in Sierra Vista, Arizona, along with various other venues in Western states.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who touched many lives. He will be deeply missed, but we are grateful that he is with his Lord and Saviour. John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda; two granddaughters, Carissa and Bethany Henning; son-in-law, John Henning; brother-in-law, Walter Streit; nieces Kim Roussin and Jill Ray, and numerous family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lola Ryberg; sister, Judi Streit and daughter Gayle Henning.

Donations may be made in John’s honor to the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, P.O. Box 12051, Prescott, AZ 86304, or Hospice Family Care, 3195 Stillwater Dr., Ste a, Prescott, AZ 86305. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 11 at 5 p.m., at Yavapai College Community Room in the library, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ, 86301.

Information provided by survivors.