Saturday, January 26, 2008

SGT Eric E Rynearson ~ Farewell and Walk with God

SGT Eric E Rynearson
August 12, 1985 - January 19, 2008

A son of Oregon, SGT Eric E Rynearson, 22, died in a motorcycle crash - he lost control and collided with a guardrail. The accident is still under investigation.

SGT Rynearson was born August 12, 1985 in Eugene, Oregon and listed his home as Veneta, Oregon. His current assignment was to the U S Army Recruiting Headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii.

SGT Rynearson attended Fern Ridge Middle School and Elmira High School where he participated in cross country and track and field. He loved biking, motorcycles and cars. He loved technology. And, he was always reading about something, putting something together or more often taking it apart. He attended Fern Ridge Faith center when in Oregon.

SGT Rynearson came from a long line of military men. His great grandfather, Henry O Phillips, was an Army 2nd Lt in the Field Artillery in WWI (left in picture) and his grandfather, John M Phillips, was an Army 1st Lt Field Artillery in WWII (right in picture). Eric was proud of his heritage and family history and always wanted to be in the Army. He signed up before he was out of high school.

SGT Eric Rynearson is survivied by his mother - Katherine Phillips, his father - Stephen Rynearson, and sister Krista - Rynearson.

Services will be held Sunday, January 27 at 1 pm at the Musgrove Family Mortuary, 1152 Olive St in Eugene. Internment will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery, 88558 Oakhill Cemetery Road in Eugene. The Patriot Guard Riders will be there to honor and to escort.

We will be holding the family, Eric's friends, and those who served with him in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.


Claire said...

The picture of Sgt. Rynearson with the images of his great-grandfather and his grandfather imposed in the background, is a beautiful tribute to three heroes. What a tragedy for his family and for our Country as well. I will certainly say a prayer for his family and friends.

Douglas V. Gibbs said...

prayers with the family

..::?~JROTC Bratt~?::.. said...

I am a JROTC Cadet from Maui. Sgt. Rynearson was a recruiter that helped us out a lot. He was always there for us and was one of the few that ever made time to help us. For example he was there for our annual Maui JROTC Triathalon and always had answers to our questions. Sgt. Rynearson lives in all of us. His work and what he has done for all of us is much appreciated. To his parents, I thank you for the great gift we were given.
Aloha and mahalo,


Flag Gazer said...

jrotc brat ~
Thank you for sharing your remembrances. Remembering those who have reached out to us is always important. We find out blessed we have been to have them in our lives.

Jeremy Voorhees said...

SGT Rynearson and I first met when we were stationed at FT Knox together. We were also chosen to become recruiters at the same time. But before that we became such good, close friends. We became brothers. Recruiting seperated us over the miles but we were still close and to just now hear of this great loss is very saddening. I will miss you Eric I Love You Brother.

Flag Gazer said...

Jeremy - I am so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I worked with Eric while at the Honolulu Recruiting Company and I feel a deep sense of loss as I remember what a great Soldier and a man of faith he was. Everyday I think of Eric and I hope that my son will one day but as great as him. Rest in peace Ryno. Hooah!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for taking the time to comment on your memories of my son, Eric. It is comforting to me to know that he was so respected and that he will be missed by more than just immediate family. I love you Eric. Mom

Flag Gazer said...

Thank you, Eric's Mom - I hope this virtual place of memories will be a comfort to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Desiree said...

Im from Maui. I was a student at Baldwin High School. I was a cadet for JROTC. I used to always go to the mall to visit the army recruiters. When Eric first came we used to always make trouble to him and the other recruits. From that time on Eric became my older brother. He would always lecture me and just always be there for me and everyone else. He was a great person. My prayers are with the Rynearson family. I just wanted to say that you the family surrounded him with great love and values. He was a great friend and I will hold him in my heart always. I thank you for the person you raised and we were allowed to meet.

Flag Gazer said...

Thank you, Desiree, for your remembrances. Sympathies for your sorrow and rejoicing for your good memories.