Gaylon E. Ryno

Gaylon E. Ryno Gaylon E. Ryno, 80, of Ridgecrest, passed away Nov. 30, 2012. His final days were spent surrounded by his family who cherished him dearly.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church.

Gaylon was born Oct. 20, 1932, in Sacramento to William and Mildred Ryno. The second of three boys, he spent his childhood in Campo Seco and Sacramento.

Gaylon achieved much during his time with us and touched the lives of many. He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy 1951 – 1955 leaving as a second class petty officer. He then attended California Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo, where he received a B.S. degree in physical science in 1959. He was an accomplished small aircraft pilot and photographer. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed camping with his family.

Gaylon began working for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Corona in July 1959 and transferred to the Advanced Systems Division of the Fuze Department in 1961 as a physicist. After relocating to China Lake in 1970, he advanced to the position of division head in the Fuze Department until his retirement in Oct. 1993. In addition, he held the position of associate department head for a year.

Gaylon was a major contributor to the design and development of the continuous slot antenna for guided missile fuzes, a concept in use today. He was also awarded a patent for a variable-waveguide continuous-slot Antenna.

During his career, Gaylon received many acknowledgments including serving as chairman of the Joint Ordnance Commanders Fuze Subgroup. He was the recipient of the prestigious Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the L.T.E. Thompson Award, which he received twice during his career. At the time of his retirement, he also received a Sustained Professional Service Award.

Once Gaylon had completed his service for his country and retired from the Department of the Navy, he continued to serve his community through charitable endeavors. He was most passionate about helping abused and battered women who were in need. He spent nine years and held numerous positions working with the Women’s Center-High Desert. He and Vivian also spent many years actively volunteering for the RVers In Mission whose members spend one week a month repairing and rebuilding churches in need.

Above all else, his never-ending love and commitment to his family were most important to him. He was a loving and dedicated husband, the best daddy we could ever ask for and a one-of-a-kind man who was always there for everyone and always cared for others before himself. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him, but we are comforted by in the knowledge that he is now home with the Lord.

Gaylon is survived by his wife of 40 loving years, Vivian Ryno; his children Chris (Tonya) Liszka, Cheri (Dan) Sutton, Jeff (Michelle) Liszka, Tim (Marleah) Liszka, Vickie Ryno (Rich) Smith, Marshall Liszka and Linda Ryno (Bob) Solway, his brother Russell, 13 grandchildren and several great-grand children. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, William and Mildred Ryno and his brother Stanley.

Those who wish to make a donation in Gaylon’s memory may donate to the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church, which have set up a fund in his name and will be donating in his name to the Alzheimer’s Research Association.

Story First Published: 2012-12-12