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Ryan Gushlak

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Ryan James (Pitzel) Gushlak, 21

Ryan James (Pitzel) Gushlak, 21, of Lafayette, Indiana died on Friday March 29th, 2013. Ryan, born August 27, 1991, was the son of Debbie Lynn Magne and Gary Gilbert Pitzel.

At the young age of 11, Ryan began his dream of becoming a great tennis player and moved to Tampa, Fl where he attended Saddlebrook Tennis Academy. Rising in ability, he was soon privately coached by some of the greatest tennis coaches, including Kelly Rose and Pascal Collard. Throughout his tennis career, Ryan was fortunate enough to be able to play and meet with some of the world's greatest tennis legends, including Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal.

Ryan enjoyed a full and exciting life of great adventures and achievements, including world travels, boating, scuba diving (Master Diver), and skiing. Ryan was currently attending his third year at Purdue College, majoring in Military Science / Law Society and was an active member of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. Ryan was known for his great spirit and love for life.

He is survived by many friends and family that loved him dearly, including his mother, Debbie Lynn Magne of Cayman Islands, father Gary Gilbert Pitzel (wife Anne) of Ontario, Canada and his older brother Eric Michael (Pitzel) Gushlak, currently attending school in Pennsylvania, his maternal grandparents, Bruno and Lucille Magne of Manitoba, Canada. He is also survived by his three aunts, Diane Josey (husband Ken), Dianne Adamski (husband Frank), and Patricia Carey and uncle Donald Carey (wife, Tabitha). He had many cousins, including Heather Adamski and Daniel Adamski (wife, Erin) all of Canada.

A special thanks goes to Doug and Christi Ozolins for loving and caring for Ryan as one of their own and for all his friends who so warmly loved his smile and made his heart sing. We are at peace in knowing Ryan has joined his best friend Nick.

A gathering of friends and family will be from 5-7 pm Thursday, April 18th at Hippensteel Funeral Home where we would be honored for loved ones to join us to share fond memories of Ryan and his life. Service will begin at 6 pm.

Knowing of Ryan's love for dogs, we respectfully ask that any contributions be made to the Almost Home Humane Society, 1705 S. 2nd Street, Lafayette, IN. 47905. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Ryan is so sadly missed and look forward to that great day when we will meet again.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2013
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Hippensteel Funeral Home, Inc.
822 North Ninth Street Lafayette, IN 47904
(765) 742-7302
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