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GREENVILLE JCT- John A. Ryder, 74, died January 7, 2011, at C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville. He was born December 25, 1936 in Greenville, son of Edwin and Faustena (Knight) Ryder.

John worked for Great Northern Paper Company as a telephone lineman and woods clerk. He later worked as a consultant for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and also as Development Manager for J.M. Huber Corp. In his later years he worked as foremen for the Greenville Highway Department.

John was active in civic affairs, serving as a Greenville Selectman, and Director for the Moosehead Riders. He was a Life Member of the Explorer Boy Scouts, and in 1971 was included in the book, "Outstanding Young Men of America". He was a 50 year member of Columbia Doric Masonic Lodge in Greenville and was a member of Anah Shrine in Bangor.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Whitten) Ryder of Greenville Jct.; 3 sons, Steven Ryder and his wife Katherine of Shirley, David Ryder of Glenburn, and John Ryder II of Newburgh; a daughter, Nancy Ryder and Mark Gordon of E. Dixfield; 7 grandchildren, Jessie, Amanda, Erick, Jordan, Allison, Elisabeth, and Kendra; great grandchildren, Allyson, Reily, Parker, Craig, Sadie, and Alivia; 2 brothers and their wives, Ralph and Dorothy Ryder of Veazie, and Mahlon and Deana Ryder of Greenville; 3 sisters-in-laws, Mary Ryder and Betty Ryder of Greenville, and Melanie Huff of Monson.

He was predeceased by 3 children, Brian, Kendall, and Craig; 3 brothers. Charles, Edwin, and Howard; 2 sisters, Virginia, and Frances.

A Masonic memorial service will be held 12:30 PM, Saturday, January 15, 2011, at the Greenville Chapel of Crosby & Neal, located at the Masonic Building in Greenville. Friends may call at the Chapel from 11 AM, until the time of the service. Spring burial will be in the Greenville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to C.A. Dean Hospital, P.O. Box 1129, Greenville, ME 04441, or to Columbia Doric Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 141, Greenville Jct., ME 04442.

Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Greenville. For an online guest register, go to

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