Rev. Edward Kryder,D.D.91, Episcopal priest, WWII veteran

By on August 31, 2011

Rev. Edward Kryder

The Rev. Edward Kryder, D.D., Episcopal priest and teacher, 91, died at his home in Luther Acres, Lititz, Saturday, Aug. 27.

He was the son of the late Ralph Kryder and Pearle Hemington Kryder and the husband for 68 years of Sally Larkin Kryder, who survives him.

Dr. Kryder was educated at Princeton University (1942). During World War II, he served in the Pacific theatre as supply officer aboard the USS Firedrake. After five years as secretary-treasurer of an aluminum plant near Buffalo, he pursued the degree of M.Div. at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. Ordained deacon in 1953 and priest the following year, he served congregations in Newfane and Wilson, N.Y., before leading Calvary Church, Williamsville, N.Y., as rector from 1958 to 1985. Virginia Seminary in 1975 awarded him the degree of doctor of divinity honoris causa where, after he resigned as rector of Calvary, he relished 21 years teaching as full-time adjunct professor.

During all of his ordained ministry he worked hard, using liturgical theology, teaching, preaching, pastoring, mentoring and leadership in the diocese, in the national church and in the wider community, to inspire everyone’s active participation in the mission of the kingdom to the poor in spirit and in body and in mind.

Loving and beloved patriarch of his extended family, he was also an avid genealogist, researching and publishing a two-volume history of the Kryder family, eight generations in and around Bern, Switzerland, and Colmar, France; ten generations in this country.

Survivors include five children: Katrina Kryder Ford; David, husband of Joy Kryder; the Rev. Thomas, husband of Elizabeth Kryder-Reid; John, husband of Dori (Marshall) Kryder; and Anne Kryder Almy-Webber, wife of Benton Webber; 14 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The Office of Burial of the Dead with Holy Communion will take place in St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke St, Lancaster, on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. Dr. Kryder’s ashes will be buried in Calvary Churchyard, 20 Milton St., Calvary Church, Williamsville, N.Y., on Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.

Kindly omit flowers. If desired, contributions would be gratefully appreciated to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125; St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602; or Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304.

Online condolences may be posted to thegroffs.com.