OBITUARY

Gary L. Ryser

July 1, 1942October 24, 2013
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Gary Louis Ryser passed away October 24, 2013 in I.U. Hospice House. Gary was a native of Bloomington, born to Otto E. and Nellie(Garsnett)Ryser. Gary’s father was a Professor Emeritus of Physical Education at Indiana University. Gary was a graduate of Indiana University and was a self employed remodeler. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the US Navy. Gary’s love of nature led him to become a volunteer steward with the Sycamore Land Trust. He was also an avid I.U. sports fan, a life member of the I.U. Alumni Association and had a great appreciation for the arts. Gary is survived by his loving wife Barbara(Somes)Ryser, two children: Danielle(husband Myke) Mitchell and Otto(wife Sarah)Grant, four step-children: Spencer(wife Jenna)Walker, Beth(husband Marty)Harriman, Lou Ann(fiance James)Manning and Diane(husband Jeff)Kolb. He is also survived by his sister: Beth(husband John) Workman and two brothers: Barry(wife Jan)Ryser and Terry(wife Carmelita)Ryser, sister-in-law Lindsay Ryser Cooley, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Larry Ryser. Gary loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. in Day Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN. The memorial service will be on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. also in the funeral home with the Rev Alan Phillips officiating. Inurnment at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Sycamore Land Trust or IU Hospice. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.DayFuneralServices.com

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, October 28, 2013
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Gary L. Ryser

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Moira Wedekind

February 19, 2014

I just read about Gary in the Sycamore Land Trust newsletter and am so sad! Gary seemed like part of the family. He built a beautiful screen porch for us (no drawings, just his imagination and carpentry skills) and he was at our house on 9/11. We sat and speculated and watched TV together for what seemed like hours. He would send me to the store to pick out something for the porch and nodded approvingly when I mentioned going to Kleindorfers or Kirby Risk and gave me the evil eye if I resorted to Lowe's. He also built a fence for us using recycled wood and replaced many a window. One window in particular gave him fits and he kept coming back to readjust it. It was really important to him to get it right. We often ran into him (and Barbara) around town at art fairs and sporting events and music festivals and restaurants….there seemed to be no end to his interests. I was looking forward to the time we could walk some land trust property together. We really enjoyed his work and his company, and can only imagine how much you must miss him. Our deepest sympathies…

October 29, 2013

BJ and family. Did not know about Gary's passing until Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Anne Todd

Cathy Hill

October 28, 2013

My sympathy to the Ryser family. It was an honor to meet both Mr. and Mrs. Ryser for a very brief time when I helped transport Mr. Ryser to Hospice House last Thursday. I am very sorry for your loss.

JAN GILLILAND

October 27, 2013

SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, SO GLAD YOU HAD THESE LAST YEARS TO ENJOY EACH OTHER. JAN GILLILAND CLASS OF "60"

Michele Mills Hacker

October 27, 2013

To the Ryser family - so sorry to hear of the loss of Gary. He was a great brother to you and will be sorely missed.
To BJ - Am so sorry for your loss. It's hard to loose your love. You guys were a great couple, always together, smiling and enjoying life.

Prayers go out to all of you.

Alexander Ellis

October 27, 2013

I'll miss you Gary. You were a great role model for me and I'll follow your example for years to come.

David Campaigne

October 26, 2013

My thoughts are with you, BJ. Gary was a good man, and you had good times together. You have the sympathy of the entire UHS class of 1960.
Dave

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