"Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you. Brothers forever."
HM1 (FMF/MCD/PJ) Ryan Michael Lohrey, a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, died Monday, July 10, 2017, along with his Marine Raider teammates, in a plane crash in Mississippi. He was 30 years old.
Ryan was born Aug. 24, 1986, in Anderson, the son of Michael and Teresa (Davis) Lohrey.
Ryan was patient, even-tempered, humble, hard-working and had a winning smile. He was a 2005 graduate of Shenandoah High School, where he played tackle on offense and defense for the Raiders. He loved working out, food, the New England Patriots, and especially spending time his wife and children, family and friends.
During high school, Ryan developed a deep desire to enter Special Operations, with a budding interest in trauma medicine, as well. He entered basic training in 2007. After completing the grueling reconnaissance training pipeline, he deployed with 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, and later with 2d Raider Battalion. He was a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. His warfare qualifications include Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist, Marine Combatant Diver and Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist. In addition to receiving a Purple Heart for being wounded in battle, his dedication and sacrifices on the battlefield earned Ryan the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in place of a 2nd award.
Those left to cherish Ryan's memory include his loving wife, Cassie (Coaster) Lohrey, of Hampstead, N.C., whom he married on June 3, 2017; his two children, Gavin and Maelyn Lohrey; his parents, Michael and Teresa Lohrey, of Middletown; grandparents, Barbara Lohrey, of Middletown, and George Lohrey, of Sulphur Springs; aunts and uncles, Mark and Penny Lohrey, Dana Lohrey, and Rosemary and Dick Fredenburg, all of Middletown; Andrea and David Foley, of Fishers; Eric Lohrey, of Middletown; Steve and Mary K. Davis, of Denver, N.C.; and Rhea and Joe Minnick, of Pendleton; in-laws, Robert and Cheryl Coaster, of Clio, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, Courtney (Marcos) Lambaria, of Hampstead, N.C., and Tiffany (Scott) Wise, of Clio, Mich.; nieces and nephews he loved spending time with, Kelsey, Katie and Avery Wise and Ivy and Austin Lambaria; as well as a friend who was like a brother, Greg (Jacque) Norman, of Jacksonville, N.C., and many cousins and special friends.
Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Georgianna Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, July 31, at the Middletown Church of the Nazarene, 698 N. 5th St. Middletown, with Rev. Thomas L. Sproles, officiating. Military Funeral Honors will be conducted by contingents from the U.S. Navy. Cremation will follow.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, July 31 at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Sproles Family Funeral Home in New Castle.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to: Wish For Our Heroes, 4979 E. 216th St. Noblesville, IN 46062, or www.wishforourheroes.org. Envelopes will also be available at the church. All donations will go to support Ryan's family. The family wishes to thank the Wish For Our Heroes organization for all of their support.
You may send the family a personal condolence or share a memory at www.sprolesfamilycares.com.
The Sproles family and staff are deeply honored to serve the family of HM1 Ryan Michael Lohrey, an American Hero.
Published on July 18, 2017