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RYSER, Scott M., age 70

Died: Monday, December 4th, 2023

Celebration of Scott's Life - Sunday, December 17, 2023

Evergreen Funeral Home
Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m.            Visitation: from 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Hickory Hills Golf Course (E4080 Hickory Road, Eau Claire)
Reception: from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Join us to share stories and favorite memories of Scott's amazing life.


Scott Michael Ryser: A Life Lived with Passion

On December 4, 2023, the world lost a beacon of light, a pillar of strength, and a man of immeasurable generosity and love, Scott Michael Ryser, who passed away after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. His life, marked by an unwavering dedication to his family, friends, and work, was an inspiration to many. Born to Elizabeth and Albert Ryser on December 5, 1952, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Scott was an embodiment of the Midwestern spirit - hardworking, humble, and full of kindness.

Scott's professional journey began at Firestone in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. His dedication, commitment, and leadership skills quickly propelled him into the position of a manager, a role he executed with unflinching loyalty and dedication. His reputation as a compassionate leader and a visionary thinker followed him when he moved to Eau Claire, where he advanced his career as a manager in the fleet division for Menards. For thirty years, Scott remained an integral part of the Menards family before retiring. His contributions to the company, his colleagues, and the community were monumental, leaving a vacuum that will be challenging to fill.

However, Scott's life was not merely defined by his professional accomplishments. His personal life was equally vibrant and fulfilling. In 1983, Scott met his soulmate, the woman with captivating green eyes, Deb Mattes. They married on December 7, 1985, and their union brought the joy of raising three wonderful children. Together, they explored the world, creating countless unforgettable memories that their family will cherish forever.

Scott was a man of many passions. His melodies filled the home with joy, his guitar strings echoing the sentiments of his heart. His love for music was profound, often seen strumming his guitar, and immersing in the timeless tunes of the Beatles. But his true passion lay on the golf course, where he found solace, camaraderie, and competition.

Together with his dear friend Steve Maher, Scott formed and ran one of the most sought-after golf leagues in the Eau Claire area. Their league, which they managed for 25 years, became a symbol of friendship, sportsmanship, and community. Scott's love for the sport extended beyond playing; he took pride in crafting golf clubs for friends and family, and enhancing the joy of the game for others.

Scott's life, however, was not without sorrow. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Albert Ryser Jr.; his brother, Robert Ryser; father-in-law, Earl Raymond Hanson; and brother-in-law, Shad Young. His resilience in the face of such loss was a testament to his fortitude and enduring spirit.

Scott leaves behind a loving family - his wife, Deb Ryser; their children, Jill Larson, Anthony Mattes, and Timothy (Sarah) Mattes; grandchildren, Myah Towle, Kennedy Towle, Lilah Towle, Zoe Larson, Norah Mattes, Eli Mattes, and Leighton Mattes; brother, Mark Ryser; sisters, Barbara Ryser Young and Jackie (Brad) McDaniel; sister-in-law, Connie (Art) Simenson; along with a host of other relatives and friends. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew him and loved him.

Scott's life was a testament to love, the strength of character, the power of a positive outlook and the enduring bonds of family and friendship. His kindness and compassion touched the lives of many, and his memory will continue to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing him. As we mourn the loss of a remarkable man, let us celebrate the life Scott lived and the love he shared.

In Scott's honor, let us remember not just his departure from this world, but the indelible mark he left on it. Scott Michael Ryser, your life was a gift to us all. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.

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