Darrold Raymond Ryker
1932 - 2013
In the late afternoon of December 5th, Darrold went to heaven from his home in Meridian, Idaho. He was born in Parsons, Kansas to Clyde "Shorty" and Helen Ryker, joining his sister, Jean and thus completing the family.
The family moved to Meridian when Darrold was three years old at the suggestion of other family members who had made the journey previously.
Darrold attended Meridian schools and graduated from Meridian High School in 1950. He and his friends were well known for their hi-jinks during high school.
After high school, Darrold joined the Naval Reserve and was then called to active duty during the Korean War in 1952. He trained as a sonar man and served aboard the destroyer, the USS DeHaven. Darrold loved the Navy and being at sea.
Returning home to Meridian after being discharged, Darrold met Jean Sparks and they were married in 1957. Two sons were born to this marriage, Scott R. and Steven D. The marriage ended in divorce.
Darrold's first jobs were operating heavy equipment and driving truck for Frank Marcum and Cletus Wright. He also worked hauling material for the Missile Silos being built out in the desert towards Mountain Home. To better support his young family, Darrold went to work for Safeway Foods, then Clark Tank Lines and finally Shell Oil Company, driving tank truck. In 1976, Darrold suffered a major heart attack and decided that a less stressful job was in order. He attended Links School of Business and learned accounting, working at Deloit, Haskins and Sells for about two years. Darrold decided that a desk job was not for him and went to work for Wayne Wright driving truck until he could purchase his own dump truck and became self-employed. During this time, he returned to square dancing, something he and Jean had enjoyed until the boys' activities took precedence.
In 1980, Darrold met Karen McClure and in 1984 they married. They enjoyed square dancing, snowmobiling and taking ocean cruises during their 29 years of marriage.
Darrold retired in 2005 and enjoyed taking care of the yard and his roses and staying at the cabin in Pine. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia around 2008 and steadily succumbed to the disease.
Darrold was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church in Meridian and attended for many years. In later years, he and Karen joined the Episcopal Church. Darrold was a man of great faith and loved his Lord and Savior.
Darrold is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jean Waitley; and son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Anita. Surviving are his wife, Karen; son, Scott; granddaughters, Stacie and Shiloh; great-granddaughter, Payton; step-grandson, Mike Eagy; step-children, Brian and Melanie McClure and their families.
The family wants to thank the VA and Horizon Hospice for their care and assistance, especially Kristine, Ginger, Thayne and Natalie. They were true angels on earth during our time of need.
Memorial services are planned for December 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity, 828 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian, ID. A light lunch will follow the service.
Darrold's ashes will be placed in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity or to Alzheimer's Idaho, Inc., 5922 N. Brooklet Ave., Boise, ID 83713.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Dec. 8 to Dec. 15, 2013