TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Graveside services for Raymond “Lou” Ryder , 68, were held on May 28th, 2015 at Holland Cemetery, Woodall, Okla. with Bobby Botts officiating. Visitation was held on May 27th at Reed-Culver Chapel.
Pallbearers for Raymond include his nephews: Donnie Ridenhour, Mark Young, Mike Young, Colt Young, David Creech, Greg Shade, Parker Taylor, and Kevin Botts.
Raymond “Lou” Ryder was born on January 9th, 1947 in Hulbert, OK, the son of Zeke and Opal (Post) Ryder. He grew up in the Hulbert community with his brothers and sisters, Tommy, Barbara, Marie, Joe, Linda, and Sue. Lou graduated from Hulbert High School in 1965. He enlisted in the US Army and served his country until his Honorable Discharge in 1968. He attended Northeastern State University and graduated with his Bachelors degree in Education.
Lou worked as the Lead Residential Advisor at Sequoyah High School from 1985 until his retirement in 2009. During his 24 years of service, Lou made each and every student feel like they were important and someone was looking out for them.
He had a kind smile and a reassuring way about him. He naturally made people feel at ease. He was proud of his Cherokee heritage and worked to pass this pride onto the many lives he touched. He loved music and played the bass with the “Eldon Valley Boys” every chance he got.
Lou was very close to his family and his many nieces and nephews. Every chance he got to spend with them, be it a holiday dinner or a summer picnic was a good day for Lou. Lou’s health began to fail and he passed from this life on May 23rd, 2015 in Tahlequah, OK with his loved ones by his side. Lou was 68 years old. He will be greatly missed by his many family and friends for his love and friendship.
Lou is preceded in death by mother and his father, one sister, Barbara (Ryder) Creech one brother Joe Ryder, one niece Sherry Jo Young, and nephews, Bobby Joe Young and Billy Ray Ryder.
Those left to cherish Lou’s memory include his brother, Tommy Ryder and wife Suzanne of New Braunfels, TX, three sisters, Marie Ridenhour of Hulbert, Linda Colburn of Tahlequah, and Sue Weathers of Hulbert, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and loved ones, and all the students whose lives he bettered.