Herbert Ryder

January 11, 1931 ~ July 8, 2024

Herbert Lee Ryder, age 93, passed away on 7/8/2024.

Born in Oberlin (Jan. 11, 1931), Herbert’s first business venture was shining shoes, using a shoeshine box his older brother made from an apple crate. During the Louisiana Maneuvers, some of his shoeshine customers were future World War II generals. For extra income, Herbert also milked cows before school.

His first “real job” was with Calcasieu-Marine National Bank, in his hometown of Oberlin.

After his military service (Korea) ended, Herbert returned to the banking business. He was the manager of the Iowa La. branch for many years, until he was promoted to the main office to be the head auditor of Calcasieu-Marine National Bank. He retired as a Senior Vice President.

As a personality, Herbert did not lack from a shortage of opinions. He was stern, but steady, conservative, and loyal to a fault.
To his family, who knew him best, Herbert was occasionally imperfect, but ever so earnest, wrong about little things, but not about the big stuff. Raised by quality parents, Herbert lived by the family code, when in doubt, err on the side of character.

Though his profession was banking, his real treasure was his family, to which he was loving, dependable, and thoroughly committed.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Nona B. Ryder, his children: Herbert Keith Ryder (Lake Charles), Rebecca Ann Ryder Darbonne (Lenny, Lake Charles), grandchildren: Tonya Ryder Pourteau (Brian, Moss Bluff), Rev. M. Julien Ryder (Andrea, Calhoun La), great-grandsons: Beaudrie Graham Ryder and Benjamin Gent Ryder, and many nephews and nieces.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, C.L. and Annie Fontenot Ryder, his siblings, Earl Bruton Ryder, Andrew David Ryder, and Alfred Ray Ryder, and his sisters-in-law, and daughter-in-law Pamela.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home: viewing and services at Apostolic Temple Church (2711 W. Prien Lake Rd.) on Thursday, July 11. Viewing 10:30AM, services at 1PM.

Internment service at Green Oaks Cemetery, Kinder, La.

Pallbearers who are honored to carry Mr. Ryder will be: Julius Bushnell, Jr., Mark Bushnell, Rayburn Bushnell, Harry Fontenot, Jr., Randy Fontenot, Randy Roach, Drew Ryder, and Earl Ryder. Honorary pallbearers will be: Russell Anderson, Rev. Rodney Bankens, Lynn Bridges, Travis Burnett, Shawn Camara, Jim Conley, Ken Domingue, David Garza, David Hooper, Jim McGough, Chris McKlemurry, Allen Morrison, Chris Ryder, Earl Ryder III, Jack Smith, Ricky Whitaker, John Wing, Bill Andreas, Bill Byrd, Donald Thigpen and Thad Minaldi.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Global Missions Fund at Apostolic Temple Church.

The family expresses their gratitude to his caregivers: Donna Babcock; Myrtle Fowler; Stacey Spencer. Many thanks, to Dr. Craig V. Broussard, Jim and Andrew of Centerwell Home Health, and the caregivers of Heart of Hospice.



Visitation: Thursday, July 11, 2024
10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Apostolic Temple Pentecostal Church
2711 W. Prien Lake Road.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Funeral Service: Thursday, July 11, 2024
1:00 pm

Apostolic Temple Pentecostal Church
2711 W. Prien Lake Road.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. Candle 2Mr. & Mrs. Ryder were our neighbors when I was growing up. I have found memories of being at there house with Becky and her coming to my house. RIP Mr. Ryder. I hope you are having a great reunion with my dad and Mr. Morgan.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. It comes with mixed emotions I know. He is now at home with Jesus and no longer suffering but his absence leaves a void. Your family are in my prayers. Much love ❤️❤️

  3. My father looked very much like this gentleman. His grandmother was Josephine Ryder, wife of Lucien Fruge’. So much likeness. May he rest in peace. Sorry for your loss.

  4. Mr. Ryder was a kind person with a witty personality who brought wisdom and intelligence to every conversation, he lived a long and inspirational life. May he find peace and happiness in heaven. Rest in peace Mr. Herbert.

  5. First, to the family , you all know how much I love each one of you , my prayers of comfort and strength be felt by you all today and coming days- my first memories were when Bro Herbert was my little league baseball coach, he dressed so neatly without a wrinkle and his character was unmatched, stern with kindness with always a little smile to ease our minds- handled himself well when things were tense- he just let us play and have fun – I learn to appreciate him and loved him – always felt comfortable around him and encouraged by him – it was very fond memories – we go way back in my life – memories that stayed -Bro Donald Thigpen

  6. Candle 5Mrs. Nina, Becky & Keith,
    I’m so sorry for you loss of an amazing husband and father. Mr. Ryder was such a nice man and help a special place in my heart.
    Maria Rogers Harless

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