Larry E. Ryburn


Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Larry E. Ryburn died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 67.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Kenai Fellowship Church in Kenai. Pastor Rick Cupp will officiate. A reception will follow the services at the church.

Mr. Ryburn was born Nov. 24, 1939, in Kansas City, Mo. He moved to Alaska in 1974. He lived in Anchorage and then Soldotna. He owned Boomers Welding in Anchorage and retired in 1995 after suffering a stroke.

"Larry was and has always been a man of steel. He lived with worked and molded steel. He always believed a man's word and handshake were his bond in life. Poppy loved people. He loved being around them whether it was work related or social," his family said.

"He loved his church family, but his heart was always with his children and grandchildren. Talking with his friends, mom, brothers, sisters and children were great highlights for Larry. Working in the community and going to church brought great joy in his life. He will be greatly missed."

Mr. Ryburn was preceded in death by his father, Edward Ryburn.

He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Ryburn, Rebecca Jenkings and her husband, Scott, and Bonnie Chisman and her husband, Joel, all of Salem, Ore.; mother, Audrey Price of Kenniwick, Wash.; sister, Shirley Worrell of West Richland, Wash.; brother, Earl Ryburn of Schertz, Texas; several grandchildren; and his longtime caregiver, Lee Collins of Soldotna.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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