Edward Henry Ryer, 89, of Canton passed away in his home on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
He was born Dec 13, 1929 in Rylie to Richard Ryer, Sr. and Augustus (Gussie) Kolaczkowski Ryer.
He was a resident of Canton since 1966 when he moved his family from Dallas to begin a life on the farm raising cattle and growing vegetables to sell on the Farmers Market in Dallas.
He also served as a full-time Dallas fireman, driving the engine for Station 34. He was a loving husband and father.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of 69 years; daughters, Debbie Ryer of Canton and Cindy Mankin and husband, Mark, of Burleson; and son, Michael Ryer and wife, Dana, of Commerce; a special son, Edgar Jimenez and wife, Miranda; grandchildren, Alex Mankin and wife, Jennifer, Lauren Bond and husband, Justin, Brett Mankin, Spencer Mankin and wife, Jessica, Kristen Duke, Torrie Duke, Ashlie Kraus and husband, Lloyd and Austin Ryer and wife, Makenzie; 10 great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ryer, Joy, Anne, Grace, Will, Lucas and Deckard, who is on the way; and sister, Shirley Wells and husband, James, of Dallas. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, eight brothers, two sisters, and one grandchild, Kassie Duke.
He began his career as a Dallas fireman in March of 1960. He worked there until 1980 when he was forced to retire early due to injuries sustained in a fire-related automobile accident near Station 34 in Pleasant Grove.
In his spare time, he loved the farm life raising vegetables to sell in the Farmers Market and giving them to the neighbors and church members of First Baptist Church in Canton.
At one time, his produce garden encompassed over five acres of the farm. He was known for his sweet tomatoes, squash, greens and lettuce. He always welcomed anyone to come and pick for themselves. Along with the vegetable garden, he raised cattle and loved to hunt and fish. He and Betty were known throughout Canton for their hospitality as they opened up their home to multitudes of children and youth to swimming parties, fellowships and weekday swimming lessons.
He was a sponsor to many mission trips and youth camps every summer through Canton’s First Baptist Church and Baptist Student Unions around East Texas.
He and Betty also opened their home to over 70+ foster children through the Buckner Children’s home system, giving a new start to children under six years old in abused situations.
Most importantly, he was a believer in Jesus Christ, having accepted Him as his Lord and Savior and baptized on July 13, 1947, at Oak Grove Baptist Church where his family attended.
He joined Canton’s First Baptist Church in the summer of 1966, later becoming a Deacon, Sunday
School leader and usher/greeter until his illness kept him at home.
There was a meet and greet visitation with the family on Friday, Nov. 8, at Eubanks Funeral Home in Canton, and a graveside funeral service at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens Saturday, Nov. 9, officiated by his son, Michael Ryer, The Dallas Fire Department Retired Officers, and the Patriot Guard.