Horace A. Ryder, Jr. passed away Sept. 6, 2013 at his home in Magalia, CA. Hal, as he was known, son of the late Horace and Lydia (Lutz) Ryder and brother of the late Winona (Ryder) Studarus, was born in Oak Park, IL on October 26, 1922. He grew up in Oakland, CA and graduated from University High School. He resided in the Bay Area for most of his life. Hal enlisted in the draft at 18 years old into the Army Air Corp at Yosemite National Park. He joined the Air Force in 1942 and served his country for four years. In 1956 Hal joined the San Leandro Fire Dept and retired after twenty-five years in 1981. 'All done in '81" he used to say.
In 1987 Hal married his lovely bride, Sidney (Bertain) Ryder and together they enjoyed going to Arizona in the winters in their RV. Hal and Sid moved to Magalia in 1993. He was a member of the Elks Lodge
and volunteered at Feather River Hospital since 2002. In 2007, Hal was honored with the sword of the Louis Bertain family for his great character and achievements in life. Hal loved life and was constantly busy. Never one to sit still, he had many hobbies, he especially loved to fish, read, make stained glass, work in the yard and play bridge. Hal also loved spending time with friends and family, he had many stories to tell and was known for his one-liners. He will always be loved and remembered.
Hal is survived by his loving wife of twenty-five years, Sidney (Bertain) Ryder; his caring daughters, Susan Weir, Carol Rohlfing, Peggy Parker, and Shirley Sullivan (Richard); ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Hal is also survived by his extended family through his wife Sid; her son Gary Lovelace (Leota), her daughter Patti Smith (Jeff), and her son Darin Lovelace, and five grandchildren.
The family requests that any donations be made in his memory to the Paradise Hospice House, 1289 Bille Road, Paradise, CA 95969, 530-877-8755, www.frhosp.org/medicallhospice.php.
A Celebration of his life will take place on Saturday September 21, 2013 at 11 AM in the Old Magalia church. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Pines mortuary.