February 28, 1949 ~ February 12, 2021

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: New Castle, IN

Ronald Ryker, age 71, passed away suddenly on February 12, 2021. Ron was a disabled veteran, who proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Ron had such an outgoing personality and never seemed to know a stranger. From countless days at the baseball diamond, to volunteering in the classroom, to standing up for the city he loved at a council meeting, his care for others had a far-reaching impact.

He was married to the love of his life, Melissa, for 38 years, and together they raised 6 amazing children.
Ron is preceded in death by his son, Ronald “Lee” Ryker and his ever beloved dog Blu. He has 5 surviving children: Jason Ryker, Teresa Phalen (Paul), Shannon Lopez (Victor), Christopher Ryker (Christina), and Jonathan Ryker, 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

His love of country and love for his fellow brothers-in-arms spoke volumes. Although he was never a Prisoner of War, much of his life his image was defined by his black and white POW/MIA hat. He was a man that signed up for the Army during the Vietnam War and came home to an unforgiving country, made sure to thank every fellow service member for their service to the country that he so abundantly loved.

If he could have created perfect the day, there would be ice cold Coca-Cola, and definitely not that “diet crap”, flowing through his veins after washing down a hearty meal at White Castle. This, of course, would come after a day of sitting by the lake with his beard blowing in the breeze, listening to the sounds of nature, fishing pole in hand.

He spent his final months surrounded by family, friends and his dog Marley. He enjoyed the company of others and always laughed and joked in his usual fashion: “Why should I listen to a fat, out of shape physical therapist tell me what shape I should be in?” He always had an ability to make a room full of people laugh at his “dad jokes”.

We know he is no longer in pain and is now with his loved ones who welcome him home with open arms. He was loved by so many close friends and family, and he will be greatly missed. May God bless him on his journey.

Ron’s services will be on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services – Lawrence. Due to the pandemic, services will be private. Ron’s final resting place will be at Ryker’s Ridge Cemetery in Madison, IN. The family will be having a Celebration of Life in memory of Ron later in the year. Please check the website for updates on this information.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. Teresa & Paul, I am deeply sorry for your loss. As you know, I worked with Ron for as long as he worked for Von Duprin. Ron was a good friend and always had a way of making me laugh. Ron and I lost touch but I thought of him often. I have pleasant memories of Ron and his antics (and there were a lot of antics). I can still see him playing practical jokes with some of the guys in the Polishing Department. I was saddened to hear the news that he had passed. I will always have my good memories of Ron and will smile when I see his pictures in my old photo albums.

  3. Ron was a great guy to work with, he made people laugh and taught me a few things about polishing back in the day. Prayers to the family.

  4. Ron was a funny guy Can always make you laugh I will miss you so very much. I will miss our talks so much . Condolences to the family.

    Love you ❤️

  5. Ron is my Cousin. That will never change. We go all the way back to the years of South Bend, Indianapolis, and Elkhart. Though Ron was only a year old than I, his Uncle was my Grandpa, Russel D. Ryker. Through many of our adult years we followed very different, almost untraceable paths, but in 2012 we (the younger elders of our Family) reunited face to face to give my Mom’s (Shirley Jean Ryker) ashes to the warm waters of Sanibel Island, a home she loved very much. Ron and I connected as though little time had passed, and from that sad but loving week of ceremony and sharing, we called each other every month if not weekly or more often. This continued until about three days before his death. And, as always, the last thing we said to one another was “Love you, Cous.” “Love you too, Cous. Talk to you soon.” That too will never change. Ronn Ives, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 2/22/21.

  6. We are sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. We always enjoyed his company at the ballfield, spending many hours together watching our sons play Ida Baker Bulldogs baseball. He was kind, caring, and very funny. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to his entire family. Rest in peace, Ron!
    The Watson family, Cape Coral, Florida

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