Robert Ryden, 86, of Strathcona, MN, died on Thursday afternoon, June 27, 2013, at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, MN.
Robert LeRoy Ryden, the son of Carl & Mabel (Davis) Ryden, was born December 30, 1926 at Kennedy, MN. He attended schools at Kennedy & Donaldson, MN. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in 1945 and 1946. Robert married Joyce Hoosier on October 24, 1951.
Robert was a mechanic and worked at Ray Moose Farms for 23 years, Karlstad Auto Parts for 14 years and at Roseau Farm Service for 17 years. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 444 at Middle River, MN. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife—Joyce.
6 children—Dale Ryden of Strathcona, MN, Mark (Shirley) Ryden of Strathcona, Warren Ryden of Middle River, MN, Barbara (Lyle) Braff of Strandquist, MN., Charles Ryden of Middle River, & Julie (Verlyn) Kaml of Greenbush, MN.
8 grandchildren—Matt Ryden, Sara (Matt) Olson, Jessica (Brandon) Clark, Jeromy (Melissa) Braff, Felicia (Phil) Novak, Robin Tvedt, Tonya (Gary) Edwards Jr. & Bradley Kaml.
12 great-grandchildren—Alexia, Taylor, Katie, Gage, Karys, Kenley, Avalene, Violet, Aubrey, Austin, Sophia & Keeli.
A brother—Harris Ryden of Minneapolis, MN and a sister—Vivian (Elwood) Jacobson of Karlstad, MN.
He was preceded in death by 2 great-grandchildren—Aidan and Joscelyn. His parents, brothers—Davis, Carlton, Axel, Orville & Evan and sisters—Melba Dammann, Carol Dammann, Murrial Anderson & Annabelle Bowles.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Grace Evangelical Church of Strathcona with Pastor Mark Mathews, officiating. Vocal music was provided by Jim Gjovik & Vern Lorenson. Pianist was Nick Lorenson. The Casket Bearers were his 8 grandchildren and Honorary Pallbearers were his 12 great-grandchildren. Military Honors were provided by Hans Lian Post 444, American Legion of Middle River, MN. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery at Donaldson, MN with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush in charge of funeral arrangements.