Born: August 23, 1985
Died: March 12, 2012
Passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 12, 2012. Age 26 years. Staff Sgt. Ryan F. Coyer, the son of Anthony and Mary (Carl) Coyer, Ryan was born August 23, 1985 in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 2004. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in September of 2004. He completed One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Course, and Ranger Indoctrination Program at Ft. Benning, Georgia before being assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia in March of 2005. Ryan served as Rifleman and Ammunition Handler in Company A, Gun and Fire Team Leader in Company D. He also served as a Sniper and RECCE member. Ryan’s last assignment was as NCOIC of the HHC Arms Room assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. He had two deployments in Iraq and four to Afghanistan. His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course and Warrior Leader Course. Ryan’s awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge and Parachutist Badge. He was also awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal second award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal with three service stars, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two service stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. Ryan loved weight lifting, riding his motorcycle and being with family and friends.
Surviving are his parents, Anthony and Mary Coyer, Saginaw; a sister, Lesleigh Coyer, Saginaw; grandparents, Mona Ault, Saginaw; Duane Coyer, Payson, Arizona; Ryan’s aunts and uncles, Craig and Deborah Coyer, Robert and Heidi Coyer, Dr. Michael and Amy Carl, Bradley and Debra Carl, James and Janice Carl, William Carl and his fiancée Robin Hayes, Diane and Joseph Dyament, Steven and Marie Ault; many cousins and dear friends. Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Ault, Ann Meldrum, an uncle, Christopher Coyer.
Funeral service will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Hopevale Church (corner of Tittabawassee and Center Road) where military honors will be presented by the United States Army. Cremation will follow and interment of Ryan’s cremated remains will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at Hopevale Church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Sua Sponte Foundation, P.O. Box 60281, Savannah, Georgia, 31420. The Sua Sponte Foundation is to support the men of 1st Ranger Bn. and their families, concentrating on the needs of those wounded or killed.