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JULIAN WENCEL RYMAR

Julian Wencel Rymar was born June 29, 1919, in Grand Rapids, Mich. His medical studies at the University of Michigan were interrupted when he answered the call for Volunteers to enroll in the Navy Aviation Flight Training Program at the beginning of World War II. He completed flight training in 1942 and was assigned to Anti-Submarine Patrol in the Atlantic. After a short deployment, he was assigned as a flight instructor to a contingent of The British Royal Navy. Increased Naval activity in the Pacific brought further assignments to Naval Air Squadrons there. A memorable note was taking War Correspondent Ernie Pyle on Pyle's final assignment. Julian remained in the Navy and Naval Reserve where he served as Squadron Commander, Assistant Wing Commander, Naval Air Station Administration Officer and Staff Command Liaison Officer for Admiral Dan Gallery. He retired as a Captain. Upon Navy retirement, he became active in The Grace Company, a clothing manufacturing company in Belton, Mo., where he remained until retiring as CEO. In 1954, he and Margaret Van Brunt of Kansas City, Mo., were married by Robert Nelson Spencer, Retired Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri. The couple quickly found mutual interest in art, education and community affairs which they seriously pursued. Julian had served on the Board of St. Luke's Hospital; as trustee of the Missouri Valley Board Of Regents; as President Of The Friends Of Art, on the Board of Governors; and Society Of Fellows all of the William Rockhill Nelson Museum of Art, Kansas City. He had been a member of the Arts Club of Washington, D.C.; Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi); Brothers of Mercy; President of the Navy League of Greater Kansas City; Military Order of The World Wars; Quiet Birdmen; University Of Michigan Club; American Bank Board; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where he had served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Lay Chalice, Parish Investment Board, and Member of the 1st St. Paul's School Board. In 1987, Julian and Margaret retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they became members of Holy Faith Episcopal Church. Julian and Margaret have three daughters, Ann Rymar Johnson of Shawnee Mission, Kan., Gracen Rymar Fraser of New Rochelle, New York, and Gibson Rymar Wilkes of Falmouth, Maine, and six grandchildren, Maren, Bradford Jr., Allie and husband Walker, Caroline, Nicholas, Emily, and "special daughter," Margrit Vettiger of Forch, Switzerland, and niece, Cynthia DeVries of Dyer, Ind., and nephew, Mark Rickers of Warmister, Pa. The family would like to express their gratitude for the loving care given to Julian by Rocio Rodriguez, Patti Schwartz, El Castillo, and Hospice Compassus. A Mass of the Resurrection in celebration of the life of Julian Rymar will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at The Church of the Holy Faith Episcopal Church. The burial will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Faith Church, Santa Fe, NM, or St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colo., or El Castillo of Santa Fe or Hospice Compassus of Albuquerque, NM. Arr.: Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600. Please sign our guestbook at www.berardinellifuneralhome.com



Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 1, 2013
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