Stanley Ryno Memorial Page

Messages from members and friends sent to will be posted on this page.


Stanley Phillip Ryno passed away November 8, 2012 in Sacramento after complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was born December 10, 1928 at home on H Street in Sacramento to Bill and Mildred (Hobson) Ryno. He graduated from C. K. McClatchy High School in 1946, and then went on to receive an Associate Degree in electronics in 1948 from Sacramento City College. He also attended John O'Conner Trade School where he obtained his First Class FCC license.

He worked first in radio, then in the field of television broadcasting throughout his career. While working in Ukiah at radio station KUKI as chief engineer, he met the mayor's daughter, Barbara Richardson, who soon became the love of his life; they married in 1951. In 1954, their first son, Ronnie was born. The family moved to Sacramento in 1955 where Stanley worked at KCCC, Channel 40 for a year and a half as an engineer, cameraman, switcher, and film man. Their second son, Roger was born in 1956. Stanley soon went to work for Channel 10, KBET working as an engineer and maintenance supervisor. In 1958, the family bought their home in Fair Oaks, and they still have it today. Stan took a job at Channel 9 in San Francisco for nine months commuting from Sacramento until he landed a position at Channel 3 as an engineer where he worked for 23 years. Late in his career, he moved to Channel 13 and stayed there 15 years as assistant chief engineer before retiring in 1997.

Stan and Barbara enjoyed traveling, going places such as Peru, Mexico, Baja California, and the Alaskan Inside Passage. Hobbies included fishing, photography, camping, falconry, cooking, and decades of wildlife care. He had many beloved canines over the years, but only two cats. He spent much of his time as a dedicated caretaker for his mother-in-law, Leta Richardson in the last five years of her life. Stanley is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, his son Roger, and wife Athena of Bremerton, Washington, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Messages from Members and Friends

Stan was one of the really nice guys in TV broadcast engineering, quiet and capable. In all the many years that I worked with him both at KCRA and KOVR, I never heard him raise his voice in anger at anyone.

— Tom Hughes