Bernard Joseph Ryder (Bernie), 88, was born during the Great Depression.
Bernard Joseph Ryder (Bernie), 88, was born during the Great Depression. He was adopted from an orphanage by the Ryder sisters, along with two other babies and all lived in Sioux City, Iowa.
After graduating from Trinity High School, he served in the Korean War as an army paratrooper. In between tours, he and Alanna married in 1951 and started a family. He attended South Dakota University and graduated with a degree in Education, leading to work in teaching and coaching.
Before he was 30, an accident on the basketball court resulted in back surgery for Coach Ryder which left him paralyzed. Despite being informed the injury was permanent, his determination and years of rehab resulted in being able to walk again. He found a new career as a disabled person, with the Veterans Administration in Wadsworth, Kansas. Bernie enjoyed working with veterans of all ages, and relocated his family for other positions in VA centers in Oregon, Michigan, and New Orleans prior to settling in Lexington, Kentucky in 1975.
Bernie was an athlete who loved most sports, and engaged in them as long as he could. His motto was “Never give up hope!” He was preceded in death by his wife and leaves behind his children Roberta, Constance, Theresa and Gary as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was a Catholic. Davis Funeral Home will assist with his burial in the Leavenworth National cemetery on July 28, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.