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Valentine Val Ryba services Thursday

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Valentine “Val” F. Ryba, age 86, of Chesterton, Ind., passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013.

He was born July 29, 1926 in Otis, Ind., to Walter and Regina Ryba, both of whom preceded him in death.

On January 20, 1951, in Otis, Ind., he married Shirley Celebucki, who survives of Chesterton.

He is also survived by his son, Ken Ryba of Chesterton; granddaughter Melissa (Dennis) Reiser, of Michigan City, Ind.; great-grandchildren Brittany (Jordan) Torres, Mariah Mayfield and Kylee Mayfield, all of Michigan City, Ind., and great-great-grandchildren; Leila and Noah Torres.

He was preceded in death by two infant sons, Mark and Michael and seven brothers and four sisters.

Val was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Otis, Ind., and of the St. Joseph Young Men’s Society of Michigan City, Ind. He was a WWII veteran and lifelong member and past commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 23. He was also a lifelong member of the VFW Post 2536 and Skwiat Post 451.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 101 N Church Street, Otis, Ind., 46391. Interment is to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Otis, Ind.

Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Val’s family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 2/11/2013