Clearfield County community remembers teen who drowned

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Inside Leyo’s grocery store in Coalport, the shelves are stocked and customers fill the aisles. Yet, for the employees, the store feels empty. The group is grieving the loss of David Rydbom who unexpectedly died over the weekend. 

Gayle Gondek worked with him at Leyo’s. She tearfully remembers the teen saying, “He was a pure soul. Always smiling.”

THE HIGH school senior worked at his grandfather’s the store for about two years. Everyone who worked with the 17-year-old says they considered him family. “We just go ahead and work together and support each other and just stick together as an extended family,” says John Feigh. 

Sunday night, Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil. His mom could be heard ringing a cowbell as she did at every one of her sons Glendale football games. “His mother’s eyes glowed when she looked at him. Everyone could see that,” says Gondek.

Those at Leyo’s say Rydbom was a superstar on and off the field. They say he had a smile that could light up a room.”Every time I think of him, He was always smiling,” says Jeff Wunderlick. “He was just a total joy to be around. Always, always had that beaming smile,” adds Feigh.

Rydbom was an honor roll student, highly involved with his church and wanted to be a veterinarian.
The employees believed he could achieve anything he wanted.  Unfortunately, that opportunity was taken away too soon. “He’s well loved and the world lost a great person,” says Wunderlich. “We love them all but some stand out brighter. He was one,” says Gondek.

The family says there will be grief counselors available Tuesday night at the Glendale Firehall starting at 630 p.m. for anyone who was a part of the search detail or anyone who needs help with grieving during this time. 

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