Louis Franklin Ryle Sr

Louis Franklin Ryle Sr., of Lovelock, Nv, passed away on January 28, 2024, after a 1.5-year battle with lung cancer.

Louie was born on March 19, 1947, to Russell Sr. and Juanita Ryle in Lovelock, NV.  In 1966, he was drafted into the USMC and graduated from boot camp from USMC Base Camp Pendleton. After graduating from boot camp at Camp Pendleton, he went to Vietnam, with Bravo Company Third Tanks from 1966-1968.  While in Vietnam, his tank B-25 was ambushed and was shot with an RPG.  He was the only survivor of B-25 crew and received the purple heart.  The Vietnam Tanker Association has called him a “hero” for his acts of valor for trying to save is crew and the grunts around him that day.  If you would like to read about this event look up the book called Con Thien: The hill of Angels, written by James Coen.  Book is available on Amazon.

After coming back from Vietnam and getting discharged from the USMC, he got his first job as a welder and diesel mechanic in Reno, NV and started Cash Welding in Reno 1970.  He later moved the business to Lovelock, NV in 1974.  He always had a passion for fast cars, diesels, and welding.  In 1968, he met and fell in love with Leona.  They were married in 1969 and were with each other through all of life’s ups and downs.

Louie and Leona would go on to have two children, Little Louie, Shannon, and Donnie Brown Jr, that he considered to be his son.  Louie was a wonderful and devoted father, husband, and teacher. He always taught us that nothing in life is free, always do the right thing and supported us all throughout the many accomplishments and difficulties of our lives.

Louie was predeceased by wife Leona, son Louis, father Russell, mother Junita and brother Richard Ryle. He is survived by Shannon Ryle and two brothers, Russel Jr. and Calvin Ryle.

On 3/16/24 at 2:30 PM, there will be a military honor at the Big Meadows Cemetery on Frontage Road in Lovelock, NV

There will be a Celebration “Louie” on 3/16/24 at Lovelock Junction Hotel and Casino located at 1440 Cornell Avenue, in Lovelock, NV at 3 PM. Come and enjoy “Louie’s” favorite food and live music!  Please rsvp to shannonryle@gmail.com  by 3/8/24.  We would like to make sure we have plenty of food!

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