Family, friends, soldiers, the city and the nation are mourning for Second Lt. David Edward Rylander, 23, who died May 2, 2012.
The Department of Defense announced May 8 that Second Lt. Rylander died of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.
The following information was supplied by Redmon Funeral Home:
Born on Oct. 14, 1988 in Akron, David was a graduate of home school where he excelled academically. Additionally, David was an accomplished pianist, member of the Cuyahoga Falls Tigersharks swim team and an Eagle Scout.
He enjoyed attending and serving at the Victory Life Church in Stow, where he was actively involved with their F.M. Ministry group. After completing one year at the University of Akron, David realized his dream of gaining admittance and attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering Management.
He is survived by his parents John and Jackie, siblings Daniel, Sarah and Stephen, all of Stow; grandparents Margot Bennett of Stow, Ed and May Rylander of Solon; aunts and uncles Germaine and Tom Siebert, Leslie Rylander and Dennis Bacon and Karen and Richard Davis; cousins Laura and Paul Siebert, and Cassie and Adrian Bacon.
Friends are invited to Redmon Funeral Home for a visitation to be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
Pastor Cyndie Rogers will conduct the service for David on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill in Akron.
A FAMILY AND MILITARY PROCESSION ONLY will depart from Redmon Funeral Home at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.
All others, please meet at the church (USE HAMILTON AVENUE) and form the procession to the cemetery. Interment will be at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with full military honors provided by the United States Army.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in David's memory to the USO, P.O. Box 96322 Washington, DC 20090-6322.