Everett Ryer

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Everett A. Ryer
1921 - 2017
TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. - We regret the passing of Everett A. Ryer who passed on August 17, 2017, in Tunkhannock, Pa. He was born in Mars Hill, Maine, on Feb. 10, 1921, the son of Gilbert A. Ryer and Ruth Spaulding/Doe Ryer. He moved to Monmouth at a young age with the family on the Woolworth Estate.
Later he moved to Norridgewock where he graduated from the former Norridgewock High School.
He then borrowed his father's Model T and drove with friends until they found work at the Pratt & Whitney Plant in East Hartford, Conn. during WWII. The rest of the family moved there and worked there through WWII.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific in Guam, Midway and Wake Islands during the war. After the war, he lived on the family farm in Winslow taking on work as an auto mechanic, then working for C.O. Beck & Sons with his brother Bernard. He also worked as a sales rep for Travelers Insurance and then worked for 14 years for Scott Paper Company in Winslow starting as a laborer hauling logs out of the Kennebec and eventually working in the lab. From that he left Scott to start his own business in the water treatment and filtration business for both residential and commercial customers.
He was married to Pauline Greene for 31 years and had one son, Gary Ryer, along with a stepdaughter, Carolee Gordon McIntyre. He later re-married to Joan Ursin in 1978 until his passing.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Waterville for many years and then the Kora Shrine Temple. He also sang in community choir and the choir at Getchell Street Baptist Church and was a member of the Waterville Chamber of Commerce. He was skilled in carpentry, cabinet making, electrical, plumbing and masonry work and spent much of his time building the family home on Western Avenue in Fairfield Center.
Dad loved to play golf, boating, fishing and traveling. He was fortunate to have traveled across our beautiful and vast country in addition to parts of Europe, the Galapagos Islands, and Hawaii. For the past many years he lived in several homes in Florida and the northeast and was adept and savvy at buying properties and flipping them for a profit often times.
Dad had a demeanor that made everyone feel very special the moment they met. He had an endearing (and corny) sense of humor and a curiosity about most everything imaginable. A gift of gab, he would know and recognize many in the community no matter where he was. He exhibited a sense of confidence and a caring for those he met and knew that put us all at ease, a gift we all appreciated.
He was predeceased by his parents Gilbert A. Ryer and Ruth S. Ryer; and his siblings Bernard Ryer of Fairfield, Bernice Ryer Crocker of Coventry, Conn. and Marie Ryer Robertson of Revere, Mass.
Survivors include his son, Gary Ryer of Hancock, N.H., a stepdaughter Carolee Gordon McIntyre of Waterville; his wife Joan Ursin Ryer of Tunkhannock, Pa., a stepson Thorstein Foss and his wife Eugenia also of Tunkhannock, a stepdaughter Nina Foss Texiedo and her husband Xavier Texiedo of Wilmington, Del., and a stepdaughter Janet Foss of Lewiston; grandsons David Ryer of Los Angeles, Calif., Thor Foss of Brooklyn, N.Y., Carsten Texiedo of Wilmington, Del. and CJ Foss of Pittsburgh, Pa., granddaughters Elise Texiedo of Wilmington, Del. and Kristin Foss of Taipei, Taiwan; several nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews.
We will miss you Dad! Your spirit and demeanor were much appreciated. It is our turn to take that gift and pass it on to others that come in our paths. It is great to have you back "home" again!
A graveside memorial service will take place this coming Saturday, Oct. 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veteran's Cemetery in Augusta at their newer 163 Mt. Vernon Rd. location.

Published in Central Maine on Oct. 12, 2017
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