Thomas Ryder

Evansville, Indiana

1934 - 2015


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Thomas M. Ryder, 80, of Evansville passed away Wednesday March 4, 2015 at Hamilton Pointe Rehabilitation Center. He was born May 17, 1934 in East Chicago, IN to the late Thomas H. and Margaret (Lauber) Ryder.

Tom was a graduate of Bishop Noll High School in Hammond., IN and a graduate of Marquette University in 1956 with a B. S. Degree in Journalism. In 1966 he attended the American Press Institute at Columbia University City Seminar. He entered the US Army from 1957 - 1959 and was a legal advisor and Public Information Officer. Tom began his career as a reporter in 1960 with the Evansville Press, became City Editor in 1969 and was Metro Editor from 1976 - 1983. He became Editor of the Sunday Courier and Press in 1983 - 1986 and then served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Evansville Courier from 1983 until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of the University of Evansville Tip Off Club, Marquette Minutemen, Memorial High School Patron's Club, where he and his wife served as Co-Presidents in 1963, Memorial High School Booster Club, Serra Club, and The Evansville Stamp Club where he served as President and long time editor of the monthly bulletin.

Thomas was preceded in death by his beloved wife, George-Anne (Richmond) Ryder, parents and brother, Daniel Ryder.

He is survived by his sons, Thomas J. Ryder (Julie) of Evansville and Kevin P. Ryder (Nichole) of Mukwonago, WI; granddaughters, Elizabeth Ryder and Abigail Ryder; sister, Mary Katherine Schutte (Richard) of Reno, NV; sister-in-law, Kathy Cleary of Joliet. IL and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 pm Friday March 6, 2015 at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, IN 47714 with a memorial service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue from 9:30 - 10:00 am Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3010 E. Chandler Ave, Evansville, IN 47714.

A Mass of Christian Burial will began at 10:00 am Saturday March 7, 2015 at the church with Fr. Christopher Droste officiating.

Entombment will be at St. Joseph Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cure HHT, P.O. Box 329, Monkton, MD 21111
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I served with Tom on the board of Catholic Charities. He was delightful - funny, warm, intelligent and always quick with a smile. He will be sincerely missed.

Tom and Kevin and all the Ryder Family -

We are so sorry for the loss of your dad and beloved family member, and deeply share your sorrow as his friend. We remember many good times spent with him and your mom over the years,and with him as our favorite bachelor from the day in 1960 that Larry, as a fellow Press reporter, brought him home to dinner. We strongly concur with the many words of high regard, affection and love expressed by others in this guest book. It was a privilege...

Tom was my first editor as a cub reporter at the old Evansville Press. His knowledge of newspapers was surpassed only by his passion for the business, and both were strong influences on those who worked with him. Sincere condolences to his family.

Tom and Kevin,
Was so sorry to learn of your dad's death. Worked with Tom for many years at The Press, The Sunday Courier & Press and The Courier and loved every minute of my association with him. He was a professional always in his job and I loved his wit. He was a true newspaper man in a bygone era of when newspapers were newspapers. He made everybody better around him and he will be sorely missed and never forgotten by those who grew to love him.--------Jay Stockman

My family had many Thanksgiving dinners with Tom & his family. Many great after dinner conversations. He will be missed. Dottie Gill

Tom and Julie,

I am truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this hard time. If there is anything that we can do at all, please let us know.

Tom and I rolled through four years of college together and then reunited at the Evansville Press for awhile. I am pretty sure I introduced him to George-Anne; anyway, if I hadn't been hooked into the Henderson Sesquicentennial with her, it might not have happened.
He could be funny. He could be serious. He could be compassionate. Best of all, he could be all three at once.

I worked with Tom at The Courier on many Saturdays, when we were putting out the Sunday newspaper. He was a fine man and a competent, wise journalist. My heartfelt condolences to the Ryder family.

Tom....Sorry for your loss...your Dad was a good and humble man....Bob Barrett (Former CTK BB Coach)