Middletown Grad Killed in Afghanistan
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 11, 2010
MIDDLETOWN — Two days before Mother’s Day, Viki Lozier was notified that her oldest son, Ryan Lozier, 30, a 1998 Middletown High School graduate, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan while working for Global Security Solutions, a private security company.
Viki Lozier said her son served eight years in the Army Ranger Battalion in Afghanistan and Iraq. He worked for a year in the private sector, then joined the security company.
“He told me, ‘Mom, this is what I’m meant to do. I want to save people and this is what I love,’ ” she said Monday, May 10.
“As a mother, I have to honor that. I can’t be mad. There is nobody to blame. That’s how he lived. He died doing what he loved.”
She described her son as “big, bold and bright,” and he didn’t do anything “half-measured, even when he was getting in trouble.”
Lozier, a standout athlete, played football at Madison High School, then transferred to Middletown High School for his junior and senior years.
Chip Otten, then coach of the Middies, said Lozier was an outstanding running back for the Mohawks, but, because the Middie backfield was crowded, he was moved to defensive end.
Lozier earned the nickname “razor” because he was always on the edge, Otten said from Coldwater, where he’s head football coach.
“He was a fun guy to be around, but you were always asking yourself, ‘What’s Ryan up to?’” he said.
Otten said enlisting in the military was the “best thing to happen” to Lozier.
Brother Benjamin Lozier, 29, a 1999 Middletown High School graduate, described Ryan on Monday as “my best friend, my mentor.”
Then he got quiet.
“He was everything to me,” he said. “Nothing ever will be the same now.”
Ryan Lozier, who was divorced, was set to marry Gwen Clymo, 23, in June, his mother said. He has a daughter, Izabella, who is 8 months old.
His father, Phillip, lives in Indiana.
Lozier’s body was flown from Afghanistan to Dover, Del., his brother said. His body will return to Middletown this week, then be buried at Woodside Cemetery, the family said. Funeral arrangements are pending.