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Msgt (Ret) Edward J. Rykoskey, US Army
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Msgt (Ret) Edward Joseph Rykoskey, US Army, 93, of Carlisle, died Sunday, October 3, 2010, in his home. He was born on Thursday, October 26, 1916, in Benwood, WV and was a son of the late Frank and Marie (Oulik) Rykoskey and was widowed from his loving wife of 61 years, Mary (Stum) Rykoskey, who died Dec. 13, 2004.

Ed was a high school graduate and served in the US Army for more than 20 years. He was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War and retired from active duty as Master Sergeant in 1961. After his retirement from the Army, Ed was employed by Vaulk Manufacturing Co. in New Kingstown for many years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carlisle. Ed and his late wife were strong advocates for issues surrounding Prisoners of War and Missing In Action soldiers due to the loss of their son, Lcpl Edward Jay Rykoskey, USMC, MIA-Vietnam-August 18, 1966. He was a member of American Legion Post 101, V.F.W. Post 477, Eagles Aerie 1299, Elks Lodge 578 and the White Circle Club all of Carlisle, also Chambersburg AmVets and the Edward Jay Rykoskey Post #1-Carlisle Vietnam Veterans, Inc. Ed loved playing golf and was an avid bowler at the Eagles up to the age of 90.

He is survived by his son, George D. Rykoskey of Carlisle, a daughter, Sandra A. (and her husband, Virgil) Carney of Silver Springs, NV and four grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by four brothers; Jerome, Frank, Joseph and Emil Rykoskey and a sister, Anna Loughman.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2010, in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Rev. Dwight D. Schlaline officiating. Burial with military honors provided by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Edward Jay Rykoskey Post #1-Carlisle Vietnam Veterans, Inc., P.O. Box 696, Carlisle, PA 17013 or to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 152 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle.

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 Rest in Peace old soldier.  I pray they bring your son the Marine, home to rest. I remember when he was declared MIA.

Randolph K Hays
Sandy & George: 
  Your father was a great person.  Sorry for your loss.

Richard Seal
Dear Rykoskey Family--

I grew up knowing about your family from my mother, who went to school with Eddie and told me about his sacrifice.  Our family has always kept yours in our thoughts and shared in our own way your loss of Eddie.  When I go to the wall in D.C., I always find his name.  I now offer you my family's condolences on the loss of your father and grandfather.  Now he no longer has to wonder what happened to his son, and that is something to take solace in during this time of grief.

Stephanie Patterson Gilbert
To Sandy and George,
 Your Father will be deeply missed by all of us who knew him.  I played golf with him on the Wed night league at Cumberland. What a character.  I also went to high school with your Brother Ed and knew Sandy from high school. My deepest sympathy goes out to both of you.

Gary L Wickard
George and Rykoskey Family-
 Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Sandy & Randy (Rat) Hays

Dear Rykoskey Family,
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Rykoskey, a true American patriot and hero.  I never met him, but knew of him and other members of your family through my research of LCPL Edward Rykoskey, his son, as I wanted to honor him by wearing his POW/MIA bracelet, which I proudly do, and will continue to do so until he comes home!  I had wished that Mr. Rykoskey could see his son come home, but now I truly believe that they are again together, father and son.  God Bless you all in this time of sorrow, your family is in my thoughts often.  Thank you for sharing these fine men and dedicated heroes.

John Epley
I think of your family every day when I put on my MIA bracelet of Ed. I think maybe today will be the day. My thoughts and prayer go out to you, George, and your sister and family. Your mom and dad are together again. I often look at our yearbook and think about how your brother's name got under your picture.  May God bless all of you.

Tina Farrell Bitner
Ed was an inspiration to the community and especially to us Vietnam veterans. I will sincerely share the family's loss.

Don Warner

My name is Winston Speir. I was in the Corps.
 I have been wearing your son's bracelet for more than 20 years.
 If you would like I would be honored to return it to your family.
 God Bless and Rest in Peace!

Winston Speir 610-836-2320 
winston speir

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