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Rev. Edward Kryder, Williamsville church rector; Aug, 23, 1920 -- Aug. 27, 2011

The Rev. Edward Kryder, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville for 27 years, died Saturday in his home in Lititz, Pa. He was 91.

Born in Akron, Ohio, he was a 1942 graduate of Princeton University and served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II as a supply officer aboard the USS Firedrake.

Returning from service, he was secretary-treasurer of an aluminum plant near Buffalo for five years, then earned his master of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in 1953 and became a priest the following year.

He served congregations in Newfane and Wilson before becoming rector of Calvary Church in 1958. After earning his doctor of divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, he became a full-time adjunct professor there in 1975, teaching for 21 years.

An avid genealogist, he researched and published a two-volume "History of the Kryder Family," which traced eight generations in and around Bern, Switzerland, and Colmar, France, and 10 generations in the United States.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, the former Sally Larkin; three sons, David, the Rev. Thomas Kryder-Reid and John; and two daughters, Katrina Kryder Ford and Anne Kryder Almy-Webber.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 in St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Pa. Burial will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 in Calvary Churchyard at Calvary Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville.


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