John Frank Ryder Jr., 83, of Galveston passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at his son's home in Tyler. He was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Galveston to Regina and John F. Ryder Sr.
Dad's loves were his family, his Catholic faith and Galveston Island. His love for Galveston began as a small boy fishing the jetties during the Great Depression and continued from his porch overlooking West Bay in Jamaica Beach.
John graduated from St. Edward's High School and earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Edward's University in Austin in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army in post-War World II Germany from 1951 to 1952. He was one of two men from his battalion chosen to serve in Germany. He was a salesman and branch manager for Monroe Systems for Business for more than 30 years. Under his management, his office received the Class A Office Excellence Award for the United States. Dad's legacy was one of devotion to his Catholic faith by praying the rosary daily and praying for his family and friends. He led the devotion to the Divine Mercy after Easter for many years. He was a member of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, but also participated in daily Mass at St. Mary's Basilica and Holy Rosary. He was a Eucharistic minister for many years at UTMB hospitals and also for the homebound. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 787 and Serra Club. He was an avid fisherman of the West Bay, bowler, hunter, and in his later years, he took up the game of golf in order to spend time with his sons and grandsons. At age 50, he trained and completed the Houston Tenneco Marathon.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Marjorie Adams, and his grandson, Peter Ryder.
John is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Joan Ryder; by his children, Steve Ryder and wife Terri; Dr. David Ryder and partner Dr. Norm Rychlik; Dr. Jim Ryder and wife Peggy; Anne Ryder Robertson and husband Dr. Brad; Tom Ryder and wife Sherrie; Kathleen Ryder Wood and husband Pat; and Joan Ryder McAlexander and husband Dr. Will; 21 grandchildren, Christopher, Timmy, Nick, Jack, Madeline, Luke, Paul, Erinrose, Mary Kate, Matthew, Maggie, Katie, Caroline, Davis Anne, Patrick, John Thomas, Charles, William, Michael, Walt and Wyatt; his brother-in-law, Joe Kellogg of Huntsville; his six nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial Mass will be held Sunday, Jan. 6 at The Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul in Tyler at 2 p.m.
Our family will receive visitors beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, Galveston. A rosary will be held at 6 p.m., led by Deacon Sam Dellilio.
Funeral Mass will begin 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston. Entombment will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Jensen, Pete Parsons, Pete Urbani, Paddy Whelton, Tom Rapp, John Kusnerik and Charles Wilson. Pallbearers will be Christopher Ryder, Timmy Ryder, Nicholas Ryder, Jack Ryder, Luke Ryder and Paul Ryder.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 5, 2013