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