Life Story for
Mr. Paul Rudy Ryder, age 85, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. Services for Mr. Ryder will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball, Louisiana, under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory.
Visitation for Mr. Ryder will be on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Store Front Church in Pineville, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Mr. Paul Ryder was a loving father, grandfather, and brother. He was a graduate of Bolton High School and earned a degree in Animal Husbandry at LSU. After graduating from college he enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Army. Mr. Ryder was one of the founding members of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, served as President of the LQHBA, and was employed there until his passing. He was a very accomplished RCA Rodeo cowboy as a bareback rider, bull rider, and bulldogger. Mr. Ryder owned and operated Waddle Inn Grill and Poor Paul’s Steakhouse for many years as well as worked with Western Tack Store at Dominic’s. He also owned the first salad bar in Rapides Parish and the second steakhouse in Louisiana to sell Dry Aged Prime Beef. He will forever be missed by those that loved and knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents A.L. Ryder and Ruby Paul Ryder and his brother Firal Ryder.
Mr. Ryder is survived by his sons, Brandon Kurt Ryder (Karla) of Alexandria, Bryan Kent Ryder (Leila) of Pineville and Stacey Blake Ryder (Rhonda) of Deville; daughter, Lisa Ryder Buckley (Thomas) of New Iberia; sister Jacquelyn Ryder Mertens of Pineville; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great – grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
Pallbearers honored to serve are Stacey Ryder, Brandon Ryder, Preston Ryder, Casey Ryder, Gilliam Guillot, and Scott Michiels. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Patterson, Mike Hayes, Wayne Roberson, Lynn Richard, Donnie Mattheson, Don Kelley, Sonny Harris, Gerald McCrea, Rick Bouttee, Brad Michiels, and Robert Parker, Raif Ryder, Gibbson Guillot, Justin Schlenker.