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William Fondren Ryall

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NEW ALBANY - Ryall, William Fondren, 73, passed away December 2, 2013.

A retired Army colonel with a total of 38 years of active and reserve duty, Bill's distinguished military career led him through the Infantry School, Command & General Staff College and the Army War College. During his time in active duty, he served with USAREUR (the U.S. Army in Europe) and even escorted President John F. Kennedy when he visited the troops. During the first Gulf War, he served at the Joint Operations Center for NATO.

Bill also worked as a teacher and administrator for the Department of Defense Overseas Schools in Europe. He and his family lived in Germany, Norway, England and Belgium for 30 years before returning home to Indiana in 1995.

In 1996, Bill joined IU Southeast as an adjunct professor of education and the coach of the varsity women's and men's tennis teams. He transformed the IU Southeast women's tennis team into a NAIA national powerhouse winning 11 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, four NAIA Region XII championships, and three trips to the National championships. During his time as coach, his teams accumulated a record of 310-58.

Bill was born and raised in New Albany, received a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in counseling from Indiana University, and did post-graduate work at the University of Oregon and at Cambridge and Oxford universities in England. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of New Albany, having served as club president, international service chair for club and district, assistant governor and district governor.

Bill was a loving husband to his wife of 47 years, Martha "Marty" Minogue Ryall; loving father to his two children, Jennifer Kapszukiewicz (Matt) and John Ryall (Shalene); and wonderful grandfather to his four grandchildren, Joseph and Sophia Kapszukiewicz and Jacob and Alexander Ryall. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burke and Opal Ryall; his son, Theodore "Teddy"; and his brother, Robert Ryall.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2796 Charlestown Road, New Albany with memorial visitation from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Private burial will be at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the IU Foundation, c/o William F. Ryall and Martha J. Ryall Scholarship, IUS Development Office, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN 47150.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2013
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