A celebration of life service for Robert Ludwig Ryans, 60, of Lawton will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel.
Robert passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Entombment will be at the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
There will be a special viewing and visitation for family and friends on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 6:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Robert was born on August 29, 1958 in Midwest City, Oklahoma to R.D. and Christina (Rappold) Ryans. His father was military and the family lived in many locations including Oklahoma, Germany, and Texas. They moved to Lawton in 1968 where Robert attended school, graduating from Lawton High School in 1976. While in high school, he was very active in ROTC. He then joined the United States Air Force in Lawton, Oklahoma. His first assigned duty station was Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona where he met and married Tina Umlor, and to that union a son and a daughter were born. They lived in Arizona, California, and then Lawton/Fort Sill. After his honorable discharge, they returned to Lawton in 1984. Robert was the general manager of Lawton Moving and Storage and later co-owned that business with his family and served as Vice President. He also attended Cameron University and received his Bachelor's of Science Degree. He married Teckla Smith on January 17, 1987, and to that union his youngest daughter was born. He worked in law enforcement with Lawton Public Schools, and the Fletcher, Marlow and Walters Police Departments. He was in the first graduating class of Lawton Police Department Sentinels. He was also a Reserve Deputy for Comanche County Sheriff's Department. He worked as a Security Officer for the Fort Sill Apache Casino and at the time of his death was a Security Officer at Comanche Nation Casino. Robert was past Great Plains Ambucs Club President, Ambucs District Governor, Big Hat President and also a Redcoat for the Chamber of Commerce. He loved being with his loved ones and anything that involved his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Teckla, of the home; his daughters and son in law, Katrina and Johnny Newell, of Mississippi and Constance Ryans, of Lawton; his sister and brother in law, Christina and Mark Huffer, of Lawton; his brother and sister in law, Avery and Rose Smith, of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Daniel Newell, Rachel Newell, Amanda Jones and husband, Danny, and John Newell and wife, Vanessa; and his great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, R.D. and Christina Ryans; his son, Robert Ludwig Ryans, Jr.; and his beloved dog, Coco.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Great Plains Ambucs Charity Fund.