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Donald J. Ryland

Donald J. Ryland, age 87, of rural Shelby, died Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

He was born February 13, 1924 in Jackson Township, Richland County, Ohio the son of the late John and Hermie (Fackler) Ryland. Don was a 1942 graduate of Shelby High School and was an Army Air Corps veteran of WWII. Don was a top gunner in the 451st Bomber Group and received seven battle stars and 6 air medals flying 50 missions. When the war ended, Don was a cadet in pilot training. He was a charter member of the 164th Fighters Squadron at Mansfield Lahm Airport. Don was extremely proud of his military service and wore his bomber jacket everywhere he went – regardless of the temperature.

In 1948 he played for the Shelby Blues Semi Pro Football Team and also played for the Mansfield Rangers.

He retired from Mansfield Tire and Rubber and also farmed. Don was a member of Clay Memorial Lutheran Church, The Sons of Union Veterans Of The Civil War and was a lifetime member of both Shelby VFW George Broderick Post – where he served as commander from 1996 to 1997 and Shelby American Legion O’Brien Post. He enjoyed riding motorcycles.

Don is survived by his children: Ronny (Betty) Ryland of Shelby, Kathy Milliron of Shelby , Rebecca Ryland ( Mark Runkle) of Montana and Lori (Tim) Wood of Shelby; 7 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 59 years, Doris E. Fisher Ryland on June 11, 2005; 2 sons-in-law, David Reed and Larry Milliron; 3 granddaughters; 1 brother, Henry Ryland; a sister, Bertha Crites.

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 AM at Clay Memorial Lutheran Church with Minister Carol Kilgore officiating. Burial will be in London Cemetery (Corner of East Smiley and Plymouth-Springmill Road) with military honors conducted by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial expressions may be made to Clay Memorial Lutheran Church or to Hospice of North Central Ohio. On-line Condolences at penwellturner.com

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  1. Guest says:

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    Family: Donald J. Ryland
    Name: Pat Freeman

    Date: 11-07-26

    Condolence:

    Dear Family,

    I am so very sorry about the loss of year dear loved one. May the thought at Job 33:25 give you comfort in knowing that Mr. Ryland will return to the days of his youth and be able to enjoy life without the infirmities of old age. My sincere condolences to you.
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    Family: Don Ryland
    Name: Roy & Deb

    Date: 11-07-26

    Condolence:

    We are sorry to hear about the Captain. He’s gone home now where he wanted to be. All of you are in our hearts and prayers. God be with you during this sorrowful time. Love&Prayers Roy&Deb

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    Family: Don Ryland
    Name: Kim & June (Haverfield) Heuberger

    Date: 11-07-26

    Condolence:

    You have our deepest sympathies on the death of your father!
    Kim & June (Haverfield) Heuberger

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    Family: Don Ryland
    Name: Don

    Date: 11-07-26

    Condolence:

    Kathy, Ron and family, my sympathy to you in the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers to you and your families. Don Schroeder

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    Family: Don Ryland
    Name: Bonnie (Gallaway) & Dick Brenneman

    Date: 11-07-27

    Condolence:

    Sorry for the loss of your father. I know it’s hard and you can never be totally prepared for this day. We also know he’s in a place where he’s whole and healthy again.
    Bonnie and Dick

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    Family: Donald Ryland
    Name: Skip Faulkner

    Date: 11-07-27

    Condolence:

    sorry to here of your loss-your father-grandfather was truly a great man and pleasure to talk to. Iknow you will miss him greatly

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    Family: Don Ryland
    Name: Noel and Barbara Mooney

    Date: 11-07-28

    Condolence:

    Blessings from your Hospice pinning friends, Noel and Barbara Mooney. It was an honor to pin and salute veteran Ryland. His service to our country was commendable. He was a good friend!

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    Family: Mr. Ryland
    Name: Terry Brant

    Date: 11-07-28

    Condolence:

    To Mr. Rylands family, I am so sorry for your loss, Don was very special to me. God Bless you all.

    Terry Brant (The Good Shepherd bus driver)

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    Family: Donald Ryland
    Name: Pam McCollister
    Date: 11-08-01
    Time: 13:43:26 -0400

    Condolence:

    Ronny & Kathy,

    I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He is now in a much better place. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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