Donald P. Ryman, 81, Streetsboro, Ohio, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012, at the Aurora Manor in Aurora, Ohio, and has rejoined his beloved wife, Patricia, in heaven for eternity.Â
He was born May 17, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y., and was adopted by the late Mahlon and Katherine (Floetke) Ryman of Big Run.
March 8, 1952, in Winchester, Va., Mr. Ryman married his sweetheart, Patricia Strachan, and they resided in Big Run for a brief time. She preceded him in death in 1988.
Mr. Ryman's early career was as a special assistant with the Federal Bureau of Investigations in New York City, N.Y., and Pittsburgh. He attended City College of New York (CCNY) and was a graduate of LaSalle University.
The Rymans moved to Rye Beach (Sandusky), Ohio, where he was employed with Toledo Testing Labs.Â The family then relocated to Streetsboro in 1956, when Mr. Ryman was assigned to work on-site, testing concrete during the construction of the Twinsburg Chrysler plant.Â This led to a 15-year career working in the precast concrete industry with Cleveland Builders and then for an additional 25 years with Fosroc-Preco Industries, Plainsview, N.Y., with a territory covering the eastern United States.Â
His expertise as a precast technical representative was in great demand, and he garnered the respect and admiration of his peers as a troubleshooter in the industry.
Family was always the focal point in Mr. Ryman's life, and he will be remembered for his generous, caring demeanor.
He was also a member of the Christian Church of Big Run and served on the Streetsboro Zoning Board of Appeals during the mid-1960s.Â
He was an avid field archery hobbyist most of his life and was a founding member of the Streetsboro (Bowmen) Bowhunters. He took up the sport of golf late in life but was a devotee to the end.
We were all blessed to have had this kind, loving, compassionate and dignified gentleman in our lives, and he will be so very greatly missed.
He was a devoted father and is survived by children Diana Ryman of Ravenna, Ohio, Cynthia Newsome and husband Kelly of Kent, Ohio, Douglas Ryman of Streetsboro, Carrie Ryman and husband David Gunn of Mukwonago, Wis., and Christopher Ryman and wife Jeanette of Aurora; a nephew, Harold Ryman and wife Kathy of Landsdowne, Va.; and half-brothers Richard Waters and wife Ann of New York and Robert Waters and wife Wanda Waters of Texas. He was also a proud grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of nine. Â
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his fraternal twin brother, Kermit Ryman of Bethesda, Md., in 2007; his birth mother, Gladys Bliss Waite Waters; his half-brother, Raymond Waters and wife Sally of Marietta, Ohio; and a half-sister, Dorothy Waite Skeels of Little Valley, N.Y.
Cremation has taken place, and Mr. Ryman will be laid to rest Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the Fairview Cemetery, Big Run, with a graveside service at 1:30 p.m.Â
The family requests that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association at www.alz.org; the Portage Animal Protective League at www.portageapl.org; or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.