The Rev. Dr. Richard Lee Ryman, 76, of Cascade, Wis., passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wis.

He was born Nov. 7, 1937 in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Clyde Ryman and Beatrice (Mellott) Ryman.

He married Carol Ann Miller on June 15, 1963 in Kewaskum, Wis.

He was pastor for 27 years at the First Presbyterian Church in Cobden, Ill., as well as director of Camp Carew, a Presbyterian summer camp on Little Grassy Lake in Southern Illinois.

In his role as camp director, he was a mentor and friend to hundreds of young people who spent at least one week every summer worshiping, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing and enjoying the outdoors.

He and his wife were a close and loving couple, and one was rarely seen without the other. They loved taking long walks together, skiing, tennis, singing in the church choir and enjoying their summer cabin in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest. In his spare time, he liked woodworking and playing guitar. He was an Apple computer enthusiast and an avid reader. His family joked he had accumulated so many books he could use them to insulate the house, if he chose.

Richard was a lifelong learner. He had two bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degrees and a doctor of ministry from Mc- Cormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

In the early 1970s, he was minister of Christian education at the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea, Minn., and then later held the same position at the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Minn. He was a member of the founding board of Good Earth Village, a summer camp, retreat and conference center in Spring Valley, Minn.

He was elected a member of the standing committee on Christian education in 1971 for the 183rd United Presbyterian General Assembly. The assembly is the highest policy-making body of the church.

He and his family later moved to Southern Illinois where he was one of the longest-serving pastors at the First Presbyterian Church in Cobden. He retired in 2003.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Ryman of Cascade; mother, Beatrice Wielontek of Anna, Ill.; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Scott Cancelosi of Phoenix, Ariz. and granddaughter, Maria Cancelosi; daughter, Margaret Ryman of Auburn, Ala.; brother, Michael and Peggy Ryman of Rockville, Md.; several nieces: Suzanne, Danielle, Anjeanette and Nicole; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the First Presbyterian Church of Sheboygan, 1429 N. Fifth St., Sheboygan, Wis. The Rev. Dr. Richard C. Manny will officiate. Interment will be private.

Miller’s Funeral Home in Kewaskum, Wis., has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Carew, 303 Hidden Bay Lane, Makanda, IL 62958, or the church or charity of your choice.

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