Robert H. "Sonny" Ryder Jr., 77, of Jackson Center, passed away at Grove City Medical Center, Pine Township, on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 7:29 p.m..
Sonny was born in Mercer, on Feb. 22, 1941, to Thelma Redmond and Robert H. Ryder, Sr.
He married the former Matilda "Tilly" Potter (who died on June 27, 1997) on April 26, 1960. Sonny married the former Karen Crawford Muse on July 17, 2010.
Sonny was a diesel mechanic for PennDot in Mercer.
He was of protestant faith.
Sonny is survived by his wife: Karen Ryder, at the residence; three daughters, Tina Louise, wife of James Sealand of Clarks Mills, Kimberly, wife of Dave Ference of Sharon, Mary, wife of Douglas Slater of Jackson Center; two sons, Robert Richard "Rick" Ryder of Mercer and Gerald Leroy "Jerry" Ryder and his wife, Betty, of Jackson Center; two stepchildren, William F. Muse III and his wife, Crystal, of Franklin and Sarah, wife of Dustin Lind of Franklin; and one sister, Roberta Kirschermann of Stockholm, Maine. He is also survived by several grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Sonny is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Matilda "Tilly" Ryder; one daughter, Penny Snyder; one grandson, Ricky Ryder; three sisters, Alice Barnes, Elizabeth Smith and Pat Habbyshaw; one half-brother, Donald Redmond; and one stepsister, Linda Smith.
Robert H. "Sonny" Jr., 77, of Jackson Center.
Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (7-13-18) and one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday (7-14-18) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME INC., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
Service: Funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday (7-14-18) in the funeral home, with Pastor Gene Habbyshaw, nephew of the deceased, officiating.
Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Jackson Township.
Published on July 11, 2018