Kenneth Francis Ryder, 75, of Fort Pierce, Fla., died Feb. 3, 2013, in Fort Pierce.

He was born Nov. 19, 1937, in Waterbury, and spent his early years in Waterbury and Cheshire. He graduated from Horace Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden.

Mr. Ryder served in the United States Air Force in the late 1950s to early 1960s, stationed in Turkey.

Upon his return, he settled in Prospect, where he remained until he relocated to Florida four years ago, first to Stuart and, in the last two years, in Fort Pierce.

A toolmaker by trade, Mr. Ryder spent his career in cosmetics manufacturing and design at Eyelet Specialty, Bridgeport Metal Goods, Rexam Manufacturing and Mark Industries, all in Connecticut, in the manufacture of cosmetic cases. He was involved in the design of applications still used in many of today's products.

Mr. Ryder had a wide-ranging taste in music, with a particular love for jazz; he was a member of the Fort Pierce Jazz Society.

Mr. Ryder is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Kayser, and her husband, James, of New Milford, and Linda Kish, and her husband, Richard, of Naugatuck; and a granddaughter, Caitlyn McLaughlin, of Shelton. He was predeceased by his parents, Millicent Ada Moore Ryder and Herbert Joseph Ryder, and a sister, Rosemary.

Memorials may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.