Funeral services for William Fondren Ryall, 73, New Albany, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Trinity United Methodist Church, New Albany, with private burial in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany. He died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.
A retired Army Colonel with a total of 38 years of active and reserve duty, his distinguished military career led him through the Infantry School, Command and 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. He 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.
He 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.
He was a loving husband to his wife of 47 years, Martha “Marty” Minogue Ryall; loving father to his two children, Jennifer Kapszukiewicz and her husband, Matt, and John Ryall and his wife, Shalene; and wonderful grandfather to his four grandchildren, Joseph and Sophia Kapszukiewicz and Jacob and Alexander Ryall.