Sgt. Ryan Daniel Summerville
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Sgt. Ryan Daniel Summerville
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Sgt. Ryan Daniel Summerville, 28, of Corpus Christi, formerly of George West, died following a motorcycle accident on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.

Mr. Summerville was born April 14, 1983, in Beeville to Josephine “Josie” (Pawelek) Schuenemann and Schelly Wayne Summerville. He attended George West ISD until his sophomore year and moved to Joshua, where he graduated from Godley ISD in 2001. He returned to George West and worked as a CNA at Live Oak Nursing Center and attended Coastal Bend College, where he was president of the EMT Club.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2006, completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Va., where he scored in the top 3 percent of 500 men. He served a 15-month tour of duty in Iraq, where he was a Black Hawk crew chief. Summerville earned numerous commendations for service and good conduct while serving his country. He was stationed at Fort Hood upon his medical retirement.

This year, he completed training for M-I Swaco and became a mud engineer, where he was employed at the time of his death. He was a Scottish descendant of the Bruce clan and member of the Patriot Guard Riders of Corpus Christi.

Mr. Summerville was preceded in death by his father, Schelly Wayne Summerville; and his grandparents, R.D. “Curly” and R.V. “Peewee” Summerville, and Ben J. Pawelek.

Survivors include his wife, Amber Oliver Summerville, and his 10-month-old daughter, Chloe, of Corpus Christi; his mother, Josie (Kenneth) Schuenemann of George West; two brothers, Scott (Kathy) Noble of Austin and Nathan (Rebecca) Summerville of Cape Coral, Fla.; three sisters, Sara (John Paul) Benavidez of George West, Elizabeth “Lizz” Summerville of Austin and Sunshine Kay Flower (John Muntean) of Jerrell; his grandmothers, Doris Gohlke and Winona Schuenemann, both of George West; and four nephews and five nieces.

Viewing was held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Roberson Funeral Home in George West.

The funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at First Baptist Church in George West. The Patriot Guard Riders of Corpus Christi stood guard during the service.

A bagpipe led the procession to the city park across from the church, where the military ceremonies were performed.

The American Foreign Legion and VFW Honor Guard of Mathis honored him with a 21-gun salute, while the Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment Honor Guard rendered services for the full military burial honors.

Sgt. Summerville’s body will be cremated so that a memorial service can be held at a later date for his wife, Amber Oliver Summerville, who was involved in the accident and is still in critical condition. Her recovery is expected to be at least a year.

Services were under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, George West.

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