Jerry M. Ryder, “Papa Jerry,” 73, passed away in Great Falls on Sept. 2, 2019. Services were held at Little Flower Parish and the Rosary was held at Glacier Home. Both were held on Sept. 5.

Jerry was born July 11, 1946 in Hot Springs, VA to Bill Ryder and Pearl Ryder (Golden).  He was raised and educated in Hot Springs.  Later he met and married Maggie Marie Ryder (Bullplume).  

Jerry worked in many places such as South Carolina, Las Vegas, Great Falls and retired from Seattle Airport.  He loved watching his grandchildren grow, loved spending time with his spouse, was on the Powwow Trail and attended many Social Events.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Bobby Ryder, and his sister Barb Ryder.  

He is survived by his spouse, Maggie; children Richard Bullplume (Tacoma, WA), Dena Kotowski (Tacoma), Arnetta Bullplume (Browning); 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren;  brothers Carl Ryder (South Carolina) and Jim Ryder (Great Falls);   and sister, Rita Watson (North Carolina).