Sandra Darlean (Clausen) Ryer, 81, of Granite Falls died peacefully with family surrounding her on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Granite Falls Health Care Center. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Granite Falls Lutheran Church.
Visitation was held on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home and continued one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday, with burial will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Sandy was born in Chicago, IL to Raymond and Adeline (Peterson) Clausen on July 4, 1936. She attended Chicago Elementary and graduated from Granite Falls High School in 1954. On March 5, 1955, she married Wendell Ryer. She worked for a period of time at Swift Creamery and Fiesta Ballroom in Montevideo, and was a lunch lady at Granite Falls Public. In 1975, Sandy and Wendell started Ryer Plumbing and Heating, where she worked as the bookkeeper until her retirement. Her good hearted, fun loving spirit was a blessing to many, and she spent many hours dancing to old time music and riding motorcycle. Sandy and Wendell had matching motorcycles that she learned to drive at the age of 45.
Sandy’s favorite place to be was on the water, whether at the lake with the family or traveling the ocean. She had a love for her pet dogs, especially Pixie.
Her heart of gold will be missed by her children Yvonne (Neal) Eggebraaten of Granite Falls, Kyle (Carrie) Ryer of Granite Falls; her grandchildren Katherine (Matthew) Zempel, Christina (Eric) Nerdahl, Barrett (Ann) Eggebraaten, Chelsey (Joseph) Guzman, Paige Ryer (Carlos Esquivel); great grandchildren Jonas and Ian Zempel, Noah and Noel Eggebraaten; sister Yvonne Mortvedt, brother and sisters-in-law Judith Ryer, Jerome (Denise) Ryer, Marcia Halvorson (David Sturges); and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was welcomed into Heaven by her parents; husband Wendell; brothers-in-law Val Gene Ryer, Robert Halvorson, and best friend Marie Anderson. Funeral arrangements with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls.