Dr. John Michael Cryder

July 20, 1945September 2, 2013
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Dr. John M. Cryder passed away at his home, in Mt. Sidney, on September 2, 2013 at the age of 68 after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Cryder was born on July 20, 1945 in Knoxville, TN, a son of John H. Cryder and the late Dorothy Schrader Cryder. He was a professor of music at James Madison University for 27 years where he was the French Horn professor and sound engineer for the Madisonians. He trained many students in the art of sound engineering – several of whom are now in the recording business. He played in the JMU faculty brass quintet and woodwind quintet as well as the Roanoke Symphony for many years.

John received his bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa and his doctorate in music performance from the Catholic University of America. He was a member of the United States Marine Band, in Washington D.C. (the President’s own) and played in the Marine Band orchestra at the White House.

John grew up in Plainfield, Illinois and attended Plainfield High School where he played in the Plainfield High School band.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Cryder; father, John H. Cryder of Plainfield, IL; two sisters, Diane Spandet and her husband, Fred, of Lake Villa, IL, and Linda Prosser of Chehalis, WA, and her late husband, John; and one brother, Sam Cryder and his wife, Nancy, of Plainfield, IL.

John will be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 6th, 2013 at 3:00 PM from the chapel of Lindsey Funeral Home in Weyers Cave with Mr. Christopher Knoedler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of the Piedmont Valley.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


  • Memorial Service Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dr. John Michael Cryder

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Thomas Schultheis

March 29, 2014

Sandy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

David McMannes

November 3, 2013

Sandy... today is All Saint's Sunday, and I will remember Mike at the Mass.

September 23, 2013

Dear Sandy, just saw Jon's obituary. Please accept my sincere condolences. Evan Wilson

Anne Lyndrup

September 14, 2013

Sandy - Allen and I send our deepest condolences. Old friends are always the best friends even when separated by distance and time. We are so very sorry.
Anne Lyndrup

Bev (Nicholson) Benda

September 12, 2013

I remember when the Cryders arrived at Madison College...our music department was a better place with the dedication, mentoring and friendshop of John (and Sandy) Cryder. He will be missed in the world.

Randi Nelson

September 11, 2013

So sorry to hear of John's passing. I have such wonderful memories of parties at your house filled with laughter and great food. Both of you truly gave me a "home away from home" during my JMU years. Your warm hearts and great musicianship will always be remembered. May you both be at peace now.
Randi Nelson, Saskatoon, Sask.

Bill Browne

September 10, 2013

Sandy- We all met very briefly in the 70's; I may have been John's replacement in the Marine Band. I knew of your path- ultimately to JMU, but had no idea you all were faced with such an unfair challenge at such a young age all these years later. Please know Linda and I are holding you in our prayers.

Connie Stevens Robeson

September 10, 2013

Dear Sandy,

Please know that I and so many others are sending our love and prayers your way. I will always remember with such fondness you and Doc together at the front of the bus on tour with and dad to us all!

I lost my mother some years ago to the same dreaded disease. It was indeed the long goodbye. May God give you comfort and peace, knowing that there is no more suffering for Doc.

Steve Brandon

September 10, 2013

Those of us who attended Iowa knew John and Sandy. It seems unfair that productive people like John are not allowed the grace to exit life with dignity instead of ebbing away with Alzheimers. God bless him and best wishes to Sandy.

Steve Brandon

Roy Guenther

September 10, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I knew John quite well during our years in the Marine Band together, so it's a real blow to hear of his untimely passing. My sincerest condolences to Sandy and the family.