Paul Joseph Ryser

April 28, 1929March 23, 2021

Paul Joseph Ryser died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of March 23, 2021. He was 91. Paul was born in Portland, Oregon to Swiss immigrants, Paul and Louise Ryser on April 28, 1929. He had one sibling, a sister, Mary Louise who was born in 1932. He grew up in Deer Island, Oregon. When he was a junior in high school they moved to Menlo, Washington. Paul graduated from Valley High School in 1947. Paul began work at the Aberdeen National Bank of Commerce in 1949 where he was a stock boy. On January 8, 1951 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the Fletcher class Destroyer USS Kidd DD661 and during his time in the navy saw action in the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on December 23, 1952.

After the conflict Paul returned to Washington and married his sweetheart, Marlene Van Rooy, on July 18, 1953 in Raymond, Washington. They moved to Aberdeen where Paul continued his employment at the National Bank of Commerce. He had several transfers to other NBC banks, first to Montesano and then Centralia. He finished his career with NBC in Camas, Washington in 1976 where he was the branch manager. After moving to Olympia he became Vice President for Bank of Olympia, then Vice President of Puget Sound National Bank and finally Senior Vice President of Puyallup Valley Bank. He retired at age 60 in 1989.

Paul and Marlene were married for 67 years. They had six children, David Ryser, Gary Ryser, Susan Ryser Richardson, Steven Ryser, John Ryser, and Diana Ryser Evans. They have 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Paul is survived by his wife Marlene and his sister Mary Louise Ryser Rothlin. Paul was active in the Knights of Columbus. During his life he spent his leisure time with his family, camping and hiking.


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Sandra Rainey Ryser

April 14, 2021

Since 2003 when my own dad passed away, Paul Ryser has been my other dad. He and Marlene (my other mom) loved me like one of their own daughters. I’m not sorry for him, because he is walking streets of gold, but I’m sorry for those of us who are left, who will miss him very much. I’ll see you one day in Heaven, Dad. I love you. Sandra Rainey Ryser

Karin Maybell

April 7, 2021

Grandpa Ryser~
So many thoughts! Growing up living far away from you made visits more difficult but know that I thought/think of you and Grandma often. I love seeing pictures of you throughout the years. I have two favorite memories. The first was when I brought Alex to Washington to meet everyone when he was 8 weeks old. He got to go on the Ryser Men camping trip and that is something I never did (obviously). My other memory is bringing my whole family to meet you in the summer of 2015. We loved spending time with you and we are so thankful for that time with you. Thank you for loving life to the fullest and serving in so many ways. Till we meet in Heaven!

Dolly McKay

March 29, 2021

Faith Sharing Group at SMP; you were always early..I always looked forward to greeting you (Marlene) and Paul. You and family are in my prayers.