Lois Ryckman

Obituary of Lois Shaffer Ryckman

Lois Shaffer Ryckman, 93 of Bedford, passed away Friday, October 9, 2020 at Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital. She was born on Thursday, June 23, 1927 in Harrisburg, PA, a daughter of the late Carl A. Shaffer and Anna M. Beck Shaffer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Merle Ryckman. Lois did her RN nursing course at Harrisburg Hospital, followed by a BA Degree in Biblical Studies from Providence Bible Institute, Rhode Island. After acceptance by the Africa Inland Mission, she completed the required course at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1956, she and Donald Ryckman were married in French Equatorial Africa where their three children were born. Their ministry in Africa spanned thirty-seven years. Don predeceased her in 2005. She is survived by three children, Susan Ryckman of Bedford & sons, Daniel M. Ryckman of London, Ontario, Canada & James D. Ryckman of Macedon, NY; six grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Joyce Mummert of Albequerque, NM. No services are planned and arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.
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