Kenneth 'Butch''s Story
Kenneth "Butch" E. Ryle Sr. passed away at St.Vincent Anderson hospital on Feb. 22, 2018. He was admitted by ambulance a few days earlier after he had lost all vital signs at home. This, following one of many surgeries and treatments that he had undergone trying to repair the damage left by harsh radiation treatments while battling the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2011.
He was miraculously victorious over the cancer, but he was left with other health problems and damage. He continued to fight for years, against all odds, until he was called home by our Heavenly Father Thursday morning.
Born May 1, 1953, he was a native to Anderson and attended Madison Heights High School before enlisting to serve our country in the U.S. Army. He served in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam era and was an instructor of diesel mechanics for many years until being discharged. He returned to Anderson with his family and worked for many years as foreman at Brummett's Construction. He was a bartender at many Anderson area bars and taverns: Thunderbird Bar & Grill, Wonder Bar, Pat's Place, Geneo's Tavern, and The Get-A-Way Lounge. He met and touched many lives in Anderson and surrounding areas. He was forced to retire when he was diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2011.
He was a lifelong racing fan, even drove his own race car while in Germany and at Anderson Speedway. He was a number one fan of Jeff Gordon. He was known for his excellent performance on a billiards table, and participated in many pool tournaments and leagues. He also was an awesome outdoorsman: deer and small game hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and many others that he participated in, mostly with his family and friends. He was also involved with the beginning of the poker tournaments and Texas hold'em tournaments throughout Anderson and the surrounding areas.
He was a loyal and loving husband, wonderful father, amazing grandfather, brother, son, and friend to many. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cassandra Grim Ryle (Daleville); his three children, Kenneth E. Ryle II (Anderson), Amber Lee Ryle (Daleville), Christina Ryle Grim (Muncie); sister, Faye (Steve) Randolph of Anderson; brother-in-law, Samuel (Dawn) Grim II of Daleville; grandchildren, Ashton and Juston Gilmore of Anderson, Paisha (Matthew) Sanders of Alexandria, Merea Osthagen and Mikala Rich of Muncie; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Special friends: Hayden (Gene) Brummett, Pat Capps, David (Woody) Woodal Sr., Kevin Wehrley and Mark Phillips.
He was preceded in death by his Grandmother Lethia Noble; mother, Emalou (Burton) Ryle; in-laws, Pineil and Barbra Grim Sr.; brother, Robert L. Ryle; and special cousin, Susie Odle.
A special thank you to Dr. Ron Blevins, his associates, their nurses and staff for all their excellent work, comfort, and performance they provided for him and his family through the years.
Honoring his wishes, there will be no funeral services. A Celebration of Life is being held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3, 2018, at Veterans of Madison County, 3601 E. 10th St., Anderson, IN 46012, where family and friends are invited to come and share memories, show support, and have a good time.
Arrangements: Indiana Funeral Care.
Published on February 26, 2018