Charles F. Kryder (Sign Guestbook)

Charles Frank “Chick” Kryder, 84, of Knoxville, TN died peacefully at his home on November 28, 2018.  He was born January 6, 1934 in Conway, PA and was a long-time resident of both New Sewickley Township and Freedom, PA.

Chick graduated from Freedom High School in 1953, and promptly began a very successful 30-year tenure in the steel industry where he held numerous positions at the Armco Steel manufacturing plant in Ambridge PA. His career was put on hold from 1956-1958 while he proudly served in Germany as a member of the U.S. Army. He resumed his Armco career following his honorable discharge and then retired in 1985.

Upon retirement Chick served as a school bus driver for the Freedom Area School District but focused the majority of his time on his family and supporting his community. He was a Master Mason at Rochester Masonic Lodge #229 in Rochester, PA and a faithful member of the New Sewickley Presbyterian Church where he served on the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Session. After relocating to Knoxville in 1997, Chick became a devoted volunteer at University of Tennessee Medical Center and served as a Deacon and greeter at Fountain City Presbyterian Church.

Chick was preceded in death by his parents Cliff and Ruth Kryder;  brother, Greg and a nephew, Scott Sprague.

He is lovingly remembered by Suzanne, his devoted wife of 62 years;  brother, Dale and wife Marilyn;  sister-in-law, Gretchen Sprague and husband Charles (Chuck); sister-in-law, Sue Kryder; son, Denver and wife Nancy; daughter, Amy Sue Garcia and husband Don; nieces and nephews, Scarlet Sprague and husband Brian, Greg, Danny and Michael Kryder, Crystal Meyers and husband Josh, Kim Kramer and husband Brian; grandchildren, Justin Grimm and wife Holly, Charles (Chase) Grimm, Matthew Kryder, Ellen Kryder, Hunter Grimm and Hope Woody; and great-grandchildren, Levi, Brayden and Kylie.

A memorial service will be held at Fountain City Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 1:30 pm with Rev. Gradye Parsons officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Fountain City Presbyterian Choir Scholarship Fund.

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Kryder Family and invite you to view and sign the on line registry below.

18 guestbook entries for “Charles F. Kryder”:

  1. Kim says:

    Uncle Chick was simply the best. His smile was contagious and could light up any room. It’s what I’ll remember most about him. His love for his family was undeniably his greatest attribute. I was proud to have him as my uncle. He will greatly be missed but loved forever. My heart goes out to Aunt Sue, Denny, Amy, & the rest of my amazing Kryder family. Love you all!

  2. Denna Grogan says:

    Chick was the face of FCPC. He greeted everyone with a friendly smile and enthusiasm. All were welcomed to Sunday services when Chick was there. He was one of my favorite people and I will miss him so much. I am better for knowing him…

  3. Chuck and Mary Siegel says:

    Dear Dale, Marlyn and family, I was sorry to read of your brother’s death! I will offer prayers for you and your family. Take care! Chuck and Mary Siegel✝️

  4. Angie Brooks says:

    Amy so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  5. Elizabeth Stage says:

    So very sorry Kim and Crystal for the loss of your grandfather, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families ❤️??

  6. Shirley Robinson says:

    Sue You have my Deepest sympathy in the passing of Chick I am sure he will be dearly missed S

  7. Linda True Hall says:

    So sorry for your loss


    Sue so sorry for your loss. Chick was such a nice guy. You are in my prayers today.

  9. Maryellen Lehman says:

    Sue My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, remembering the times we spent visiting with you and your family. Don’t know if you remember me, I am Graham Lehman’s widow Mary Ellen. Graham passed away December 8 2008. It has been a struggle but I’m still here. You have a wonderful family for support. My best to you all. Maryellen McPherson Lehman

  10. Richard Cypher says:

    So Sorry for your loss, your family will be in our prayers.

    The Cypher Family

  11. Courtney Kronk-Love says:

    Dear Sue and family,
    I will always have fond memories of Chick and growing up in the NSPC congregation. He will be greatly missed by all. I’ll be keeping your family in my prayers.
    With love,
    Courtney Kronk-Love

  12. David Yessel says:

    Chief Dale,
    We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. You, your wife & your entire family have our sympathy. God has your brother covered now. RIP Chick Kryder.
    -David Yessel / Darlene Harrington

  13. Earl & Janet Stange says:

    Sue, So sorry to read of Chicks passing.
    Our sympathy to you and the family.
    Earl & Janet Stange

  14. Carol Kcehowski says:

    Sorry for your loss. I am a cousin from Monaca. I have not seen Chick for a long while. God bless you an your family

  15. The Copeland Family says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Kryder family. May the Lord bless and comfort you during this time of grief. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Barb Rombold says:

    Dear Sue, Denny and Amy,
    My heartfelt sympathy to your family on Chick’s passing. I have so many special memories of him and the kindness he extended to me. I always seemed to end up on
    his church bowling team. We always had so much fun. He was such a caring and compassionate man. My prayers go out to all of you, asking God to comfort you during this difficult time. Fly with the angels sweet friend.

    Love to you all
    Barb Rombold

  17. Charles (Chuck) A Kryder says:

    Saddened to hear of Chick’s passing. Although I didn’t personally know him well, I know how highly my father regarded Chick and family. My condolences to Sue,Denny and Amy and the rest of the family.

    Charles (Chuck) Kryder

  18. John Rosati says:

    Miss You Chick.
    Your smile lit up the world…

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