Family wants to honor son's memory, legacy at Fort Bliss
SAPULPA, Okla. (KTUL) - A family is getting some help so they can honor their son’s memory and take care of his three children.
Sgt. Ryan Hogan, 27, died last month while serving with the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss in Texas.
An army spokesperson at Fort Bliss said his death was abrupt and unexpected.
Hogan was buried with full military honors at the Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson on Nov. 26.
Now, his parents and his brother want to attend a memorial service that will be put on by his platoon Dec. 12 at Fort Bliss.
The military is covering the family's airfare to El Paso, but a Go Fund Me page will pay the rest of their expenses and provide funds to help support the boys in the future.
His mother says they are all doing OK, but it's been a roller coaster of emotions after such a big loss.
Jeanette Hogan said, "He was just a young man who would brighten up the room when he would walk in, fun loving, caring, loved his kids dearly."
He leaves behind a wife and three boys -- the oldest of them is just 5 years old.
His mother said the children were everything to him. "He just had a lot of joy in his heart being around 'em," Jeanette said.
Hogan was a 2009 graduate of Muskogee who followed a family tradition of military service.
His father said it worried him at first, but he decided to back his son.
Billy Hogan said, "I told him, 'Son, if that's what you want to do, you do it, and I'm behind you 100 percent.'"
Now, they want to share their pride in their son with his fellow soldiers in El Paso.