Sample by sample, the Ryburn family spent their Veterans Day handing out gumbo at the USS Kidd museum.
“Pappy’s gumbo was always a staple in our house hold,” Megan Ryburn said.
For the Ryburn family a bowl of gumbo represents love and family. Growing up, Megan Ryburn says whenever she ate it, life seemed perfect
Her dad, Wayne Ryburn was in the Navy for 20 years. His grandchildren called him ‘Pappy.’ He shared his love of cooking homemade seafood gumbo with his loved ones whenever he had the chance.
“It was always around our house and shared with our family and friends,” Ryburn said.
In 2016, the disabled veteran lost his life. His family says they were distraught without the head of their family and couldn’t believe their home would no longer be filled with the smell of Pappy’s gumbo.
After his passing the Ryburn clan came together and made his recipe into a mix to sell to others.
“It’s not only good but it’s quick and easy to make,” Rhonda Ryburn, Pappy’s wife, said. “To keep his memory alive through the food is a very Louisiana thing to do and I know he’s up [in heaven] proud.
The Ryburn family says though they’ll never be able to see Pappy again, they’re happy they’re able to share a piece of him and his gumbo with the world.
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