STOW — 2LT David Edward Rylander, 23, was killed in action in Logar Province, Afghanistan on May 2, 2012. Born on the 14th of October, 1988 in Akron, Ohio, 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.
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Rylander family- We are sadden to hear the loss of your son and brother. We remember him well from our days at JTown, where David would often “help” the teachers with their memory versus. I do not recall another child to be so respectful and well behaved as David was. Please know we are praying for you. May your unwavering faith carry you through the days ahead. ~ The Sypherd Family, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
John & Jackie, first let me tell you how deeply saddened I am to hear of this terrible news. I have known you these past 18 years and can honestly say I love you all and grieve with you. David has always been a compassionate, kind, polite and very intelligent child and young man. You both worked very hard to raise good & Godly children and you succeeded greatly. David set high goals for himself and achieved them. He accomplished much and that is in no small part to you instilling in him a strong sense of right and wrong. I know he touched and inspired many. I can honestly say he gave me great hope for this country’s future. I wish I could in some way take away the pain and heal your hearts but I can’t. I can only offer you my heart felt prayers and the knowledge that your loving father grieves with you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for raising your son David to be the strong Godly man that he became. God bless you all. ~ David Jeffrey, Northfield, Ohio.