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January 25, 2008
Army soldier dies in crash
At the request of the family of U.S. Army soldier, Sgt. Eric Everett Rynearson, the following information is being made available.

On Jan. 19, 2008, Sgt. Eric E. Rynearson was involved in a motorcycle crash. The crash occurred when he lost control,went off the roadway and collided into a guardrail. The accident is under investigation.

Sgt. Rynearson was born on Aug. 12, 1985 in Eugene, Oregon and listed his home of record as Veneta, Oregon.

He entered the Army on July 12, 2003. Rynearson was assigned to the U.S. Army Recruiting Headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Services have been set for Sunday, January 27 at 1 p.m. at the Musgrove Family Mortuary, 1152 Olive St. in Eugene, Ore. Interment will immediately follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery, 88558 Oakhill Cemetery Road, Eugene, Oregon 97402.

Rynearson is survived by his mother Katherine Phillips, father Stephen Rynearson and sister Krista Rynearson.

In lei of flowers and gifts, his family requests contributions to " El Mira Campus Life, Care of: Lane County Youth for Christ, 1190 West 7th St, Eugene, Or, 97402" which Erik Rynearson was strongly involved in and supported.

He attended Fern Ridge Middle School and Elmira High School.
He played Soccer in grade school.
He was a runner; cross country & track and field in middle and high school.
He loved Biking as a kid, motorcycles & cars when he got older.
He also loved technology. He was always reading about something, putting something together or more often taking it apart.

He grew up in the church, went to Fern Ridge Faith center.
His faith was very important to him and he loved God.
Eric was a student leader in Campus Life and volunteered in the program for several years.

His great grandfather (Henry O Phillips) and grandfather (John M. Phillips) were both in the army. Henry Phillips was a 2nd Lt. Field Artillery in WWI and John Phillips was a 1st Lt. Field artillery in WWII. Eric was always proud of his heritage and family history. He knew he would be in the army from the time he was 6 and he signed up before he was even out of High School.

The family has provided the attached biography and photos.

Biography and Photos:
Spokesperson for the family is 1st Lt. Mark Major and can be reached at 541-517-2215.