Kenyon John Ryder
Kenyon John Ryder
  • June 17, 1945 - April 17, 2017
  • Clayton, North Carolina

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Kenyon J. Ryder age 71, passed on April 17th unexpectedly.

Mr. Ryder is survived by his wife, Terry, and three children: Shiloh Sickler, Adam Ryder, and Amy Ryder-Burge. He also leaves behind his brothers Steve Ryder and Chuck Ryder; his step-sons Matthew and Chris Carmean; and eight grandchildren: Victoria Misto, Anika Ryder, Luke Ryder, Ethan Ryder-Burge, Kingston Ryder-Burge, Sean Ryder-Burge, Aiden Carmean, and Mila Carmean.

Ken is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the United States Coast Guard on the Eagle as a Damage Control Man. He was born to James and Marie Ryder in Chelsea, Massachusetts on June 17th, 1945. He spent his childhood living all over the country including several years in Cartagena, Columbia. He raised his children in North Stonington, CT.

He spent his life as a mechanic working on cars, woodworking and building almost anything. He was talented in creating new systems to improve his workshop and turn others’ ideas into reality. He was always helpful to anyone in need and, throughout his life, was the person to call to help fix anything at any hour, tools at the ready. The stories told, lessons taught, help provided, and love given lives on.

Services will be held this Friday at 11am at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. His ashes will join his parents in the Mystic River in Mystic, CT.