Theo C. Auman Inc.

247 Penn Street, Reading, PA


Earl A. "Fritz" Ryland Jr.

December 23, 1949March 9, 2020

Earl A. “Fritz” Ryland, Jr., 70 of Pine Grove, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 9, 2020 while enjoying his life-long passion of skiing at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

He was the husband of Cyndi J. (Young) Ryland

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Earl A. Ryland, Sr. and Margaret (Wallace) Ryland.

He was a graduate of Blue Mountain High School and served in the Army Reserves. He attended St. John’s United Church of Christ, Friedensburg. Fritz was employed in sales all of his life and was the owner of the Hometown Family Savings Coupon Magazine.

He was certified Ski Instructor having taught at Sharp Mountain, Big Valley, Eagle Rock and Blue Mountain. He was also a Ski Director at Big Valley.

In addition to his wife Cyndi, he is survived by his son Erik R. Ryland and wife Jesse of Las Vegas, Nevada and also his daughter Christine A., wife of Andrew Matson of Flour Town, Pa. He is also survived by his grandchildren Arianna Ryland, Alexandra Matson, Easton Ryland and Wyatt Ryland.

Services and burial will be private at the family’s convenience.

Contributions may be made to Lehigh Valley Special Olympics, Alpine Ski Program, PO Box 39, East Texas, Pa. 18046-0339. Memo: Fritz Ryland.


  • Cyndi J. (Young) Ryland, Wife
  • Erik R. Ryland, Son
  • Christine A. Matson, Daughter
  • Jesse Ryland, Daughter-in-law
  • Andrew Matson, Son-in-law
  • Arianna Ryland, Granddaughter
  • Alexandra Matson, Granddaughter
  • Easton Ryland, Grandson
  • Wyatt Ryland, Grandson

  • Lehigh Valley Special Olympics: Alpine Ski Program


  • Private services at the family's convenience


Earl A. "Fritz" Ryland Jr.

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Linda( Stover( Fisher)

March 18, 2020

My deepest sorrow to lose another beloved classmate. My heart goes out to the family and 1967 classmates for the loss of one of our family. May God be with the family and friends. Love to all

Linda(Fisher) Stover

Jason Zimmerman

March 16, 2020

Cyndi and the family,
I am deeply saddened by your loss... Fritz was a great friend and treated me very fair and was a blessing to our business as we advertise consistently in the Hometown Magazine. He will be greatly missed! Praying for you all in this time of loss... may you find peace and comfort in our heavenly Father...

Dayna Krall

March 15, 2020

Dear Cyndi, Chris and Erik, I dont have a single childhood memory without you in it. You have always been a huge part of our lives and this loss of Fritz is devastating. I'm so thankful he enjoyed doing what he loved right up to being called home. There is no other way he would've wanted to go. He was my saving grace a few years back, providing me a roof over my head and always watching out for me. I will miss our happy hours, our gossiping sessions and him yelling at me to "stay out of the ditch" Love to all of you. Fritz, I'll miss ya big guy. I'm sorry that I broke your favorite cork.

Charles Buehler

March 15, 2020

So sorry to learn this news. My sincere condolences to the family. It was a joy to know and ski with Fritz at Blue Mountain. He was an encouragement to me as I would see him at the gym, gaining strength and more recently back on the slopes doing what he loved. Terrible news. God bless you all.

Curt Premich

March 15, 2020

I have so many memories of us. Clambakes, the trip to Vegas for Erik’s wedding, smoking meats on Sundays, Feats at Five along with concerts at Penns Peak, the trip to Pottsville with Fritz standing up thru the sunroof, the ski trip to Canada when Canada Air only had one plane for a 5 hour wait, picking mushrooms on the four wheelers, Canadian Country, the trip to the Paradise Pub when I thought I knew all the bars in the Skook, football games in the summer kitchen and your generosity for having me for dinner, painting your house one summer and the nice 4th of July parties at your neighbors. I will miss you dearly. Love you Cindy

Sue Tice

March 14, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Cyndi, children, in-laws and grandchildren. Fritz was a classmate of mine. Fly high Fritz and rest in peace!

Lou Jones

March 14, 2020

Our heartfelt sadness and prayers for Fritz's wife, children and extended family. I attended high school with Fritz and he was always a very nice, fun, happy-go-lucky type of person. Never a mean word, just a very good person.

Lou and Evelyn Jones

Bob Runkle

March 14, 2020

All our best to the Ryland family. I met Fritz in 7th grade. Always an upbeat person. Bob & Lorna Runkle

Scott Reichert

March 12, 2020

My Condolences to the Ryland family. Sorry to hear of Fritz’s passing but to know he was skiing when it happened was no surprise. So many memories of ski trips with Fritz and his name will carry long with the Blue Mountain ski club. He made us all better skiers.

Barry Siple

March 12, 2020

My sincere and heart felt condolences to the entire Ryland Family on the passing of Fritz. I considered Fritz a very good “bigger than life” friend and will always remember our skiing trips and of course the in depth kitchen political discussions. The “Mayor of the Mountain" as he was known at the ski area will be missed by all..