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Greg Ryder

1951 - 2019
Greg Ryder Obituary
We lost Greg Ryder of Durango in an automotive accident on April 23, 2019. Born to Beth and Leon Ryder on Oct. 31, 1951 in Ripon, Wisconsin. His remaining family members are his wife, Julie; his brother, Noel Ryder; and his sister, Susan Ryder; plus a large extended family.

Greg was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. His early exposure to TV cowboy shows paved the way to his western music career. Family sing-alongs developed his beautiful baritone voice. His father died when Greg was 11, and that experience brought out his compassion for others and his inner strength.

He learned to ski, and was influenced by the great Stein Eriksen's skiing style. He attended Ripon high school, LaCrosse State university, and Illinois State university, where he met the love of his life, Julie Labens. They married in 1974 and moved to Vail, Colorado, and then found their home in Durango.

Everyone has dreams, but few get to achieve all of them. Greg did. A home in the mountains, a beautiful wife, a career in music, and the love and respect of the people of Durango and his fans. He was eternally grateful for all the people who loved him. "... and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand."

A memorial celebration will be announced in the Durango Herald sometime in late August or early September. Visit his website, gregryder.com, to purchase his CDs and send your comments.
Published in The Durango Herald on May 14, 2019
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