Richard Ray Ryel, born on February 11, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA, passed away on August 24, 2021 in San Antonio, TX at the age of 75.
Rick’s life growing up was all about Boy Scouts at Troop 328 of the Methodist church in Ark City, KS where he earned his Eagle Scout award. He remained in scouts as an Explorer. His life of service to others began in scouting. At first, as a patrol leader, then later as a Camp Counselor for two years at Quivira Scout Ranch. In high school he loved playing football as a starting right guard for the Ark City Bulldogs and completed two years at Cowley College. On May 14, 1966 he married his first wife, Cheryl Cook, before joining the Air Force in September of 1966 serving with honor and distinction in the Security Police. He often served as a leader of men in the Air Force, including while he was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base. After 28 years, Rick retired on October 1st, 1994 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. His retirement was focused on his lifelong hobbies of hunting and fishing which he had an exceptional talent for, but Rick never stopped serving others. For 27 years, he was a valued mentor in the area for men fighting substance abuse.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents Charles Ryel, Jr and Anna Bell Ryel; grandparents, Ray and Sybil Carson and Charles Ryel, Sr and Bertha Cook. He is survived by his wife Cheryl Ryel; sons, Jason, Jeremy, and Joshua Ryel; four granddaughters, Sara, Lucy, Krystal, and Jennifer. He also leaves his brother Randall Ryel (Ruth) of Hollister, MO; nieces, Adrianne Meyer, Stephanie Dobbs, Erika Hutchison, and Emily Ryel, also 12 great nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021, 10:45am, at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.