Officials announced that Wadsworth Village President Glenn Ryback, who has served for the past 16 years in the position, has died at age 71 following medical issues.
The Village of Wadsworth said in a statement that Ryback died on Sunday.
“It is with great sadness that we wish to announce the passing of Village President Glenn Ryback on Sunday, November 19, 2023,” the village said.
Ryback “proudly and ably represented” and served Wadsworth for more than three decades, officials said.
He initially served as trustee before being elected to village president.
Ryback was the longest-sitting village president in Wadsworth history. He held the position for the past 16 years.
“We will all miss the dedicated leadership provided by Village President Ryback and we will continue his honorable work in serving the residents of the community that he loved so much,” the village said.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office confirmed to Lake and McHenry County Scanner that Ryback, 71, of Wadsworth, was recently under the care of a cardiologist and had “very significant cardiac issues.”
He died at a residence in Gurnee, the coroner’s office said, adding that his death is not considered suspicious.
Ryback’s body was transferred to a funeral home and an autopsy was not needed.
Waukegan Park District Commissioner Anton Mathews said he was incredibly saddened to learn of Ryback’s death.
“Mayor Ryback was a dedicated public servant who cared deeply for his community and a champion for Wadsworth. I pray for peace, healing, and comfort for his family, friends, and loved ones. He will be missed,” Mathews said.
Waukegan City Clerk Janet Kilkelly said Ryback “poured his heart into everything he did.”
“We always had many laughs, and had great determination during our campaign together in 2014 when Glen was running for Lake County Treasurer, and I was running for Lake County Clerk,” Kilkelly said.
Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim said Ryback “always had a smile on his face and kind words in his mouth.”