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Philip Ryden

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 3:37pm

Philip Harlan Ryden was born June 12, 1926, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Elmer and Lillian (Olson) Ryden. He was raised in Denham, Minnesota, and graduated from Willow River High School in 1944. Following high school Phil enlisted in the US Navy and served in the South Pacific during WWII. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Minnesota and received a degree in Physical Education from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. On June 13, 1953, Phil married Marie Caroline Andersen in Minneapolis. After marriage they lived in Moose Lake and Phil worked as a juvenile probation/corrections officer for Carlton County, remaining in that capacity until retiring in 1988. Phil and Marie remained in Moose Lake until moving to Northfield in 2010.

Phil was an active member of Barnum Community United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. He enjoyed singing in the Autumn Voices Community Chorus and was a longtime volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels. He loved playing fastpitch softball, playing alongside all his sons and competing in his final game at age 76. He was an avid sports fan, rooting for his beloved Twins faithfully to the end. Family gatherings always included lots or singing around the piano and tossing the ball around the yard. In his later years, he and Marie especially enjoyed their trips to Alaska to visit daughter Ramona and her family. Phil was kind, patient, humble, and a wonderful conversationalist. He found his greatest enjoyment in the relationship he shared with his wife and children. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marie; 5 children and their spouses: Ramona (Brad) Henspeter of Copper Center, Alaska, Timothy (Diane) of Minneapolis, Theodore (Elaine) of St. Paul, David (Jennifer) of Holland, Michigan, Robert (Heather) of Northfield; 16 grandchildren: Laura (Mike) Kolasa, Karen Henspeter, Mark Henspeter, Britte, Anders and Kristian Ryden, Maria, Benjamin and Peter Ryden, Theo, Lillian and Ruth Ryden, Emmanuel Harinda, Samuel, Andrew and Grace Ryden; one brother, Curtis (Vivian) of Denver; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Helen Kruger.

With his wife and family by his side, Philip passed away Sunday afternoon, November 1, 2015, at his home in Northfield, at the age of 89.

A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Barnum Community United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior and lunch will follow.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

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