Lois Erickson Ryd

July 18, 1930 - May 11, 2019

Lois Erickson Ryd went home to be with her Savior on May 9, 2019.  She was 88 years young.  A lifelong Chicago area resident, Lois married Wesley H. Ryd, M.D. on June 20, 1952, just one week after they graduated from Wheaton College.  They were inseparable for 67 years.  In addition to working and raising a family, they enjoyed traveling the world for both pleasure and missions trips, eventually visiting all 7 continents, as well as ministering together during their summers at Silver Birch Ranch in White Lake, Wisconsin.

Lois was the world’s best mom to her children, Linda (Dave) Wager, Steve (Joani) Ryd and Karen (Mark) Peterson and loving grandma to Krista (Lance) Brackin, Sara Wager, Matt Ryd, Meg (Jon) Huffman, Andrew Peterson and Adam Peterson.  Lois spent her entire life in service to her family and to God.  She was totally devoted to her children and involved in all of their school activities.  She loved to bake and generously shared her delicious creations with many others.  No one in the family has ever been able to duplicate her exceptionally scrumptious chocolate chip cookies … and her blueberry pies were legendary! She also loved to knit, making beautiful afghans as gifts that will serve as lasting reminders of her giving heart.

Most importantly, Lois loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and dedicated her life to serving Him playing the organ and piano in churches, chapels and schools.  Her final performances were in the gathering area of Michealsen Health Center just days prior to her passing, where, despite her struggles with memory-loss, she played hymns (all by memory), allowing the crowd of patients who inevitably arrived once she started playing, an opportunity to enjoy the music and sing-along in praise to God.   Lois was impacting lives in meaningful ways right up until the moment that she left this earth for her Heavenly Home.  She was a blessing to so many and will be greatly missed by all who have been touched by her love.

Memorials may be made to Silver Birch Ranch, Inc. at  A memorial service is being held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 25th at the Holmstad Auditorium, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway,  Batavia, IL.

Guest Book

  • Eileen (Seaman) Stachniak "Mrs.Ryd" was the perfect example of a generous, caring, helpful, friendly neighbor. She would come to our back door, calling out, "Yoo Hoo!" We would race to the door as she often had some wonderful treat to share with us such as her one-of-a-kind strawberry cake or world's best chocolate brownies!! We would jump at the chance to go to her house, to borrow a cup of sugar or deliver a message because she always had a candy dish sitting at the table right at the front door which we were encouraged to enjoy. She was always willing to accept candy deliveries for our Dad's home business and would not accept any payment other than a small handful of his candy! It was always exciting riding in a car with her and I credit my Indy 500 style of driving to her!! She introduced us to the sport of competitive swimming which has been handed down to my 4 children and soon to their children!! May God bless her with all the Heavenly rewards she is so deserving of,
  • Bonnie Pilditch nee Eckert It was my privilege and honor to work for Dr. Ryd for a short time. It saddens me to think his dear wife has now passed to glory. My husband and I send our condolences to the children.
  • judy lynch i am so sorry for your loss
  • Nancy Nelson Bland I was honored to spend my formative years in the presence of Lois and her family growing up. I treasure those memories with Lois and Wes, Linda, Karen and Steve and the influence she had on all of us. I pray for God's grace and comfort during this time.