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Isaac "Ike" Ryba
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    5 Windsor Drive
    Charleston, SC 29407

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“Dear Stuart and Lisa, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your dad, Ike. I know he'd been ill for some time. May he rest in peace and may you all...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Heinsohn - Brunswick, MD

“Your father was a huge inspiration to my ex and I in the 90s with our biz ventures. God bless him and your family as you walk through these times and...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Debra Whitfield - Sister

“May his memory always be a blessing. ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl and - Family

“Ike was a good man and appreciated colleague. My thoughts go out to Kristi and the family. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Ray Huff - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry to learn of Ike's passing today. I extend my condolences to the entire Ryba Family. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Lee Pringle - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Kristi, just saw this. My heart goes out to you! ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Peggy Lowe - Staunton, VA

“We are truly saddened to hear about the passing of Ike. Any time we would see each other, I was greeted with a smile and hug in Papiamento. Soseg&...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Diana Milner - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dear Family Ryba:We are here in Aruba thinking about you. Sadly we lost a great pioneer of our family. May his greatness live on. Fondly,Benjamin...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Benjamin Pick - Oranjestad

“Dear Cliff and family: I was so sorry to learn this morning of the passing of Ike. Ike was a true & loyal friend and client for many years. His...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Bill Moody - Charleston, SC

“My deepest sympathy to Ike's family. May his memory be a blessing.I grew up in Aruba with Ike and David and Benjamin , and Esther, and Regina Ryba....Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Karl Pick - Baltimore, MD

“Hello Kristi and family, Nancy and I are so sorry to hear of Ike's passing. In the pioneer days of our Johns Island neighborhood, he was our leader...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Teresa Taylor - Johns Island, SC

“My condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I met Ike three years ago at synagogue Emanu-El and he made me feel very welcomed...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Julie Mckissick-Mcneil - SC

“Ike was a gentleman. A real gem. Memorable humor and a wealth of information. ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: Missy & Martin

“Cliff, Ann, Lance and Lauren,We are so deeply hurt and saddened by the loss of your dear father and grandfather. He was always so friendly to us at...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Shari Ryba - Hanahan, SC

“Hi Kristi, Our paths have not crossed for many years, but I remember you with such fondness. Please accept my warm thoughts for you in your time of...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Carolyn Thiedke - Charleston, SC

“Sending love to the entire Ryba family. The memory of Ikes sparkle, smile and humor are just a few of the many gifts he left us with. I will always...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Debbie Hall - Friend

“God's Peace and blessings of comfort. Terry sue hudson and joe O'Leary ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Terry sue Hudson - Round O, SC

“dear kristi and family, so sorry . ike was so special. aaron & leah ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“I was fortunate to serve with Ike on the board of the SC World Trade Center. He was a true gentleman and a class act. My sincere condolences to his...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Jackie Adamson - Charleston, SC

“Ike, I actually wrote a brief story years ago of my most memorable character; you were that character . You made more of an impression on me in my...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Candy Vodarick - Bonneau, SC

“Kristi and family, we are so sad to hear of Ike,s passing. I met Ike on the racquetball court at the JCC in 1971 and through the years had the...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Marshall Miller - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Thank you for sharing Ike with the entire lowcountry. He gave so much of himself to benefit our several communities. His passing is a loss to more...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summervville, SC

“Ike, a kind and gentle man, was a good friend for many years. I will miss him. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Fantuzzo - Charleston, SC

“On behalf of the GAO Atlanta Field Office colleagues of Stuart Ryba (Mr. Isaac Ryba's son), I would like to express our deepest condolences to Stuart...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: David Artadi - Atlanta, GA


Isaac "Ike" Ryba, 83, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Kristi Helstrom Ryba, passed away on March 20, 2020. His private graveside service will be held Sunday March 22, 2020 in Emanu-El cemetery (Maryville), Sycamore Avenue at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. A memorial service celebrating Ike's life will be held at a later date yet to be determined.

Born April 2, 1936 on the island of Aruba in the Netherlands Antilles, the third of five children to Abraham and Dora Riba, Ike was always proud to tell people about his heritage as a Jewish Aruban. He was fluid in Spanish and Dutch and could also communicate in French, German, and his native Papiamento, often surprising unsuspecting waitresses or waiters by speaking to them in their natives tongues. After leaving Aruba in high school, Ike moved to New York with his family. After graduating from the City College of New York Baruch School of Business with a BBA degree and major in International Trade, he then helped at his father's shoe store before taking a job with Philipp Brothers which had him traveling around the world. He was eventually transferred to Charleston S.C. to participate on behalf of his company in a steel company joint venture. At the completion of that service, Ike chose to stay in Charleston, and subsequently became part owner, CEO, and General Manager of Charleston Disposal Services, Inc. growing it into one of the largest waste disposal businesses in the area. He eventually sold it and embarked on a new career in 1975 with Charleston Steel and Metal as Vice President and General Manager of its New Steel division. Eventually that division was spun off and sold to Ike and two partners, and it became Allied Steel Corporation, with Ike as President and CEO. After growing it to become one of the largest steel service centers in the area, the business was sold in 1997. He tried retiring for a few months, but in typical Ike fashion, he grew restless and joined with his good friend David Gilston at the Gilston Agency as an Employee Benefits Consultant in 1998. After another career there, Ike retired at the "young" age of 80.

He is survived by his wife Kristi Ryba of Charleston SC; his four children: Clifford Ryba (Ann) of Charleston; Stuart Ryba (Lisa) of Duluth Georgia.; Sara A. Wright (Troy) of Stephens City, Virginia; and Becky Rothrock (Jonas) of Winchester, Virginia; one sister, Regina Heimlich of Denver CO, and one brother, Benjamin Riba of New York. He loved and cherished his six grandchildren: Eric, Kevin, Lance, Lauren, Katie and Charlie.

Ike became one of the most respected professional leaders of the Charleston Community and his name and reputation always brought great pride to his children and fellow leaders. His ability to lead his employees, to create a positive family environment and to build and grow successful companies was one of his many gifts. Even after moving on from his businesses, he maintained many relationships with former employees who respected him and looked up to him deeply. He was widely known for his ability to have conversations on just about anything and enjoyed quizzing his children and grandchildren.

Ike was a proud Rotarian for over 35 years, and he served on several organizations. During his life, he was Chairman of the S.C. World Trade Center – Charleston; Chairman of the Highway 61 commission; President of Synagogue Emanu-El; and Vice-President of the Jewish Community Center. Ike also served on the Community Relations Council; the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and was development ambassador with the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. He was involved with many other civic activities including Commissioner of the City of Charleston Neighborhood Commission; President of the Marsh Cove Homeowners Association; Vice President of the Charleston County Planning Board; Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America – District Council; and Charleston Harbor Estuary Commission. Ike enjoyed traveling the world and the U.S. and playing racquetball, softball, swimming and other activities with his many friends and family. Ike leaves behind a strong family in which he instilled his high ethics and moral standards. He is loved deeply by his family and will be missed greatly by us all.