PFC Ryane G. Clark Bracelet
PFC Ryane G. Clark Bracelet
Ryane Clark was born to Rick and Tracy Clark on July 13th 1988 and grew up in New London MN.
Ryane was a very active person from a very young age up until his passing. In elementary school, Ryane started Piano lessons, Cub Scouts and Wrestling. Piano lessons ended in 10th grade, but the wrestling took him through his Sr. year in High school taking all Conference. Ryane also stayed very active in Scouting, earning his Eagle Scout at the age of 15 and helped as an Assistance Scout Leader. One of Ryane’s passions was to help and teach others whenever he could. He spent 5 summers at Many Point (a Boy Scout camp) as a Zip Liner and Rock Climbing Instructor. Ryane was also in Football, Choir, and Band.
Ryane had many passions in life, but none more important than making time for his nephews, Conner and Wyatt, his sister, Aleah, and his parents. Ryane loved the outdoors, whatever the season, he loved hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, auto racing, motorcycling, camping, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, water tubing and video games.
At the age of 5, Ryane knew what he wanted to do when he grew up, talking Military every chance that he could, making goals that would carry him towards his dream. After graduating in 2007 from High School, he continued his education at Alexandria Technical College in Law Enforcement and Graduating in May of 2009. In June of 2008, he joined the Alexandria National Guard. After Graduating from College, Ryane went full time Army and reported to Fort Leonardwood in May for Basic Training and AIT. On Oct. 1st 2009, Ryane was stationed at Ft. Bragg and had orders to leave for Afghanistan in Dec. 2009.
As the Soldiers from his unit have said, Ryane loved his country and wanted to do what he could to protect and defend our families. Life in a Sapper company like the 57th isn’t always easy, but Ryane seemed to thrive, earn respect from both peers and leaders as they executed rout clearance operations in Wardak and Gazni provinces. Ryane was the Soldier who carried the heaviest equipment, volunteered for the most difficult jobs on the battlefield and always did his part to ensure his platoon was successful. “We called him Clarence, we called him the Beast, we called him the Crimson Chin with the 100 mile smile”.
Ryane is loved by his family and friends, his fun sense of humor is so missed. Ryane loved life and had a big heart that matched his smile. Ryane was a very determined, organized and goal oriented person. We always told him “You will make a great husband and dad someday”. Being a Soldier made him very proud and a great man that he had become. Ryane told us before he had passed on that “I am where I need to be and I love what I am doing”. Ryane, we know that you are in a safe place, in God’s hands and that gives us great comfort.
Ryane is honored with a plaque on the outside of the New London-Spicer High School, a Scholarship at the Alexandria Technical College in the Law Enforcement program, a Scholarship at the New London-Spicer High School through the KMS Motorcycle Scholarship Fund Raiser, a Ryane Clark award given to a wrestler that shows perseverance, determination, and a good team mate at the New London-Spicer High School where Ryane wrestled and also Glacial Lake State Trail parking area and Memorial site in progress in Ryane’s memory in New London. Ryane had a plan and a goal for this piece of property.
Ryane was a lifelong member of Green Lake Lutheran Church where he was Baptized, Confirmed and served as a Usher and Trustee.
Ryane you are missed and loved by all and we thank you for your courage, determination, professionalism, perseverance and inspiration, and most of all, the fun times that you blessed us with and everyone that knew you.