Clarine Ryman, 91
Clarine Shirley Ryman was born to Pete and Hazel Rodocker May 3, 1923 ,in Halsey. She graduated from Halsey High School and married Melvin LeRoy Ryman June 15, 1941. Most of her married life was spent living in Halsey with time also spent in Buffalo, N.Y., Omaha, Denver, Colo., and South Dakota. Later in life she moved to Broken Bow where she made many new friends. However, Halsey was always home to her, no matter where she lived. Clarine was the mother of four children, Melva Louise, Kathie Diane, Robert Ray, and Julie Jo. Being a homemaker and mother who was involved in her children’s activities brought her great joy. Clarine could be counted on to attend any meeting involving her children and never showed up without her heels on, earrings in, and hair fixed.Robert often commented that he was always so proud that the classy lady was his mom! She always opened their home to her children’s friends and could frequently be seen setting an extra plate at the table for whomever happened to be there. Clarine also ran the office for Melvin’s trucking business and the Ryman Brothers’ Ranch out of their home. Becoming a grandparent brought great joy to Clarine.Adam J., Susan RaeNae, Matthew James, Gina Beth, Christina Lauren, and Grant Jonathan each held a very special place in their grandmother’s heart.She never was too busy to spend time with them whether playing a game, reading a book, baking cookies, or playing catch.The grandchildren all adored their grandma and loved her unconditionally. That means they were even able to forgive her for cutting off their heads in their college graduation pictures. When great-grandchildren began to arrive, Clarine was thrilled!Oh, how she enjoyed spending time with each of them, with nothing getting a bigger smile from her than watching them playing and running around. God gave Clarine the gift of service to others and she embraced it.Her service to others and caring ways were known to many.She seemed to have the ability to sense what someone needed and never hesitated to help.Her faith and love of her Lord and Savior was apparent through her actions to others. Clarine was very active in the Halsey United Church of Christ, never missing an opportunity to be involved in any church activity.Many children in the community learned the stories of Jesus from her in either Sunday or Bible School. Friends and family were very important to Clarine. She was never too busy to make a pot of coffee and sit down with a friend who had stopped by. Family get-togethers, reunions, and celebrations were some of her favorite things.Many of her nieces and nephews fondly recall times spent in her home and her listening ear. She is survived by daughter, Kathie (Vel) Magnuson of Omaha; daughter, Julie (Brad) Shinn of Broken Bow; grandchildren, Adam (Lisa) Marten of Halsey, Susan Marten of Grand Island, Matthew (Angie) Magnuson of Platte City, Mo., Gina (Joe) Thoendel of Olathe, Kan., Christina Shinn of Lincoln, and Grant Shinn of Broken Bow; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Maxine Spoden of Denver, Colo.; brother, Nick (Donna) Rodocker of Surprise, Ariz; sister-in-law, Peg Rodocker of Hastings; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Ryman; daughter, Melva Louise Marten; son, Robert Ryman; parents Pete and Hazel Rodocker; brother, Clifford Rodocker; and brother-in-law, Rugby Spoden.