DEFOREST – Joel H. Rider, age 70, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, surrounded by family after a brief illness.
Joel was born October 25, 1942 in Madison to Harold "Bud" and Eleanor Rider. He graduated from Madison East in 1960 and MATC in 1962. Joel married his soul mate Dianne Rasmussen in 1963. In 1962 he began his 50 year career, in DeForest, with the family business, Rider's Standard later becoming Rider's BP. Joel joined the DeForest Fire Department in 1967 where he served for over 30 years becoming one of the first EMT's in 1973. He served 12 years as Fire Chief. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, NASCAR races, outdoor activities, collecting antique cars, and spending time with family and friends.
Joel is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dianne; children, Timothy (Jenna) Rider and Tari Procknow; grandchildren, Brooke & Briana Procknow, and Samantha Rider; sister, Joan Kazynski; nephews, Wayne, Tom, and Nick Kazynski. Further survived by other family members and friends. Preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Randall Kazynski.
Services will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest, at 3:00p.m., on Saturday, April 27, 2013, with Pastor Jerry A. Olson presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from NOON until time of service on Saturday. Burial will be at Norway Grove Cemetery.
Special thanks to the doctors and staff of Meriter Hospital, especially the loving and caring nurses of the ICU.
In lieu of flowers donations to DeForest Area Fire and EMS, 305 E. Holum St., DeForest, 53532, would be appreciated.
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Ryan Funeral Home
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6924 Lake Road