CDR. WILLIAM JOHN RYBERG, U.S.N.R. (Ret). age 87, longtime Magnolia resident in Seattle, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2011 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle after a very brief illness.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Catherine, daughter Nancy Dickerson (Robert) of Seattle, son David Ryberg (Joan) of Mt. Vernon, and son William Ryberg (Evelyn) of Kingston, and four grandchildren.

He was born on November 17, 1924 in Seattle to Roy Emery Ryberg and Elsie Anderson Ryberg. Bill attended public school in Tacoma and Seattle, graduating from Broadway High School in Seattle. He joined the U.S.Navy after attending the University of Washington for one year to join the war effort in World War II.  Bill saw service in the Pacific theater aboard the U.S.S. Salamaua. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and retired from the United States Navy at the rank of Commander.

After returning from WWII, Bill began what turned out to be a 40 year career with National Bank of Commerce and Rainier National Bank in Seattle. His banking career culminated when he became director of personnel at Rainier Bank, and head of World Banking personnel with Security Pacific Bank.  He retired from Security Pacific Bank in 1987.

Retirement years were spent traveling, enjoying family, and tutoring elementary school children at Blaine Elementary School in Magnolia, where he worked with children as an English language tutor.  Many of these students and their families, especially students from the Pacific Rim region, becamelifelong friends of Bill.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful medical team at Virginia Mason Hospital for their care during his brief stay there. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

At his request, there will be no service. A gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date. Visit for more information or to leave a tribute.

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