SENATOR JOHN LARKIN AND
LORETTA RYAN-LARKIN FAMILY
Senator John "Jack" Larkin was born to John Joseph Larkin, and Helen Elizabeth Egan-Larkin in August 6th, 1891 in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up with three brothers and four sisters. He graduated from Eckel's college, attended Chreighton University, then became one of the few demi-surgical undertakers in Omaha, as funeral director of Larkin Funeral Home, in association with his brother Bernard Larkin. He became Nebraska State Senator in the Third District.
Loretta Ryan was born April 14th, 1894. She and John would begin their courtship circa 1915.
Loretta Ryan was one of John James Ryan and Mary Jane Corrigan's five children. The Ryans and Corrigans are very large, very old, Irish-Catholic families, also emigrants from Ireland. Like the Larkin Family, many of them were also priests and nuns in the east and the midwest. The Ryans were also farmers, with a few expert horsemen, and their children would have milk routes. Some were school teachers, and early masses would be held in the clergy families' homes.
Senator John Larkin's daughter Loretta "Sister Dolly", kept remarkable Larkin/Ryan/Corrigan family kinship records, with newspaper clippings and family photos, which aided immensely in the making of this family tree.
Reverend Raymond Corrigan S. J. (1889-1943) and Sister Florence Corrigan (1892-1932)
John and Loretta Larkin married in Omaha, Nebraska, and had six children. John Jr. was elected Nebraska State Senator in the 1920's. He was also the funeral director of Larkin Funeral Home in Omaha, and his brother had an independent Larkin Funeral Home in Iowa. The Larkin and Ryan families would often meet in their homes with teachers for school meetings, spelling bees, and quilting bees. They had a "carry-all" that held twenty, to get family and friends to picnics and dances. In the winter it was "sleighs and winter fun". When they'd return home, "the old folks got up and made lunch and they would sing and dance, then the kids would leave early enough to do their chores".
John Larkin's granddaughter Theresa Crompton-Barr's husband once recognized that Senator Larkin must've been one of the sharpest-dressed men in Nebraska while looking at old photos, and Theresa quipped that he "had to be", for Loretta would constantly clean out his closet, to give his suits to the poor that landed at their door seeking handouts, leaving him no choice but to constantly replace them.
Loretta died in January, 1973, and Senator John "Jack" Larkin passed June 29th, 1974. Both are buried at Calvary Cemetary in Omaha.
Mary Jane Larkin b. 10/20/1920 Omaha, NE. d. 11/01/1977. m. Dr. Leo Debacker in 1948. Two children Mary Loretta b.2/13/1955, and Leo Jr. b. 9/21/1952 Omaha.
John "Jack" Larkin Jr. b. 7/27/1922 Omaha, NE. d. 8/07/2011. m. Irene Douchey May 1949. b. 6/08/1924 Omaha, NE. daughter of John & Frances Ybarra. Three sons John "Jack" IV b 6/21/1950, Michael James b. 8/14/52, and David Samuel b. 8/29/1958. John Jr. was elected Douglas County, Senator of Nebraska in 1948, Unicameral Legislature 8th District.
Loretta "Sister Dolly" Larkin b. 9/28/1923 Omaha, NE. Entered Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary September 1941.
Florence Elizabeth Larkin b. 11/20/1926 Omaha, NE. d. 12/25/2014. m. William J Crompton b. 10/03/1924 Ogden, UT. d. 10/08/2006. Four children William Jr, Thomas, James, and Theresa.
Eugene Francis Larkin b. 8/09/1928 Omaha. d. 11/28/1983. m. Lorraine Cezetka in 1950. One daughter Laura Jean b. 8/01/1951. She married Thomas Simon. Three children James, Patrick, and Katie Simon.
Philip T. Larkin b. 7/23/1931 Omaha, NE. d. 3/24/1995. m. Jacklyn Hilt 8/4/1956. b. 10/19/1936 NE. Daughter of Ralph & Katherine Hilt.