Lt. Ryan Michael Lohrey - 1986 - 2017
“Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you. Brothers forever.” HM1 (FMF/MCD/PJ) Ryan Michael Lohrey, a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, died Monday, July 10, 2017, along with his Marine Raider teammates in a plane crash in Mississippi. He was 30 years old.
Ryan was born August 24, 1986, in Anderson, Indiana, the son of Michael and Teresa (Davis) Lohrey.
Ryan was patient, even-tempered, humble, hard-working and had a winning smile. He was a 2005 graduate of Shenandoah High School where he played Tackle on offense and defense for the Raiders. He loved working out, food, the New England Patriots, and especially spending time with his wife and children, family, and friends.
During high school, Ryan developed a deep desire to enter Special Operations, with a budding interest in trauma medicine as well. He entered basic training in 2007. After completing the grueling reconnaissance training pipeline, he deployed with 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, and later with 2d Raider Battalion. He was a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. His warfare qualifications include Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist, Marine Combatant Diver, and Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist. In addition to receiving a Purple Heart for being wounded in battle, his dedication and sacrifices on the battlefield earned Ryan the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon with gold star in place of a 2nd award.
Those left to cherish Ryan’s memory include his loving wife, Cassie (Coaster) Lohrey of Hampstead, North Carolina, whom he married, on June 3, 2017; his two children, Gavin and Maelyn Lohrey; his parents, Michael and Teresa Lohrey of Middletown; grandparents, Barbara Lohrey of Middletown and George Lohrey of Sulphur Springs; aunts and uncles, Mark and Penny Lohrey, Dana Lohrey, and Rosemary and Dick Fredenburg all of Middletown, Andrea and David Foley of Fishers, Eric Lohrey of Middletown, Steve and Mary K. Davis of Denver, NC and Rhea and Joe Minnick of Pendleton; in-laws, Robert and Cheryl Coaster of Clio, MI; two sisters-in-law, Courtney (husband: Marcos) Lambaria of Hampstead, NC and Tiffany (husband: Scott) Wise of Clio, MI; nieces and nephews he loved spending time with, Kelsey, Katie and Avery Wise and Ivy and Austin Lambaria, as well as a friend who was like a brother, Greg (wife: Jacque) Norman of Jacksonville, North Carolina and many cousins and special friends.
Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Georgianna Davis.