Charlie Ryman, 90 years young, passed away from this life into a beautiful new world on July 28, 2019.
He was the son of Grace and Marvin Dell Ryman, and the grandson of Isabelle and Cub Ryman of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Family meant the world to him and he would discover and rejoice in finding and maintaining close connections to the family of his blood and of his heart. Charlie loved, and was an active member of Alcoholic Anonymous for 47 years, which became the cornerstone of his life.
All those who have been touched by this gentle man, are the better for it.
A complex and solitary individual, he cared deeply about those that he loved, the suffering peoples of our world, and our human connection to one another. He was appreciated for his kindness, charity, honesty, wisdom, loyalty, compassion, strength of purpose, gratitude and love. He never backed away from a good discussion or a challenging argument.
He had a gift of translating his thoughts and feelings into a language that was valued and treasured. An up-lifter to his core, an inspiration to many.
In the words of Joseph Campbell, “Follow Your Bliss,” Charlie followed from the Muskegon River to his beloved desert, Mesas and mountains of the South West. With a life-long respect for Native American culture, and other ancient cultures, he was often invited to explore special areas, which were sacred within the communities.
Charlie was a deeply spiritual man, with the heart of a poet and the soul of an artist. He immersed himself in the elements of nature. Fishing was more than catching fish, music was to be fully listened to and appreciated, reading fine books satisfied his thirst for learning. Golf was his game. “The only golfer I’ve ever known who shot his age-and repeatedly,” a friend once said. Charlie took great pleasure in the successes of others. He competed, but only with himself. He loved and lived his life fully, a contented man.
Charlie is survived, and will be forever remembered, by his loving wife of 45 years, Bobbi (Roberta) Ryman, his children Linda and Ken Weitkamp, Jeffrey and Amy Satterla, Kirsten Satterla and Ron Cole, his Grandchildren Cole Satterla and Travis Satterla, and “The Ryman brothers,” who he loved beyond words to express, Reuel and Gerry Ryman, and their families. Charlie was deeply connected to his extended family, the Newberrys and Gradys, Cargass and Libharts, and Bobbi’s family, The Wagners, Estes, Lindsey, his special friend, Dave and his wife Margret Weikal, their family and loving Godson, Ken Weikal. Plus, other travelers along his path, too numerous to mention.
We mourn our loss in this world and rejoice quietly in the knowing a great and worthy human has passed by.
Thank you Charlie for loving us so.
Memorial Service will be held August 25, 2019, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
North Alano Club
1020 College Ave. N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI. 49503