James Ryon Degenhardt


James Ryon Degenhardt, born on April 21, 1980, in Austin, TX, departed this world on October 5, 2018, after a hard-fought almost three-year battle with cancer.

Ryon was raised in Liberty Hill, TX, by his mother Pamela Mynard, along with his brother Charles Degenhardt and sister Jacqueline Bosley-Frame, on the family farm, with his grandparents; Charles and Jacqueline Mynard. He attended Liberty Hill schools and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was an outstanding participant of LH Panther sports. Dedicated, skilled, a passionate team player that was a force to be contended with. Absolute poetry in motion, a sight to behold. Ryon graduated college from Texas State University, to become a teacher and coach (inspired by Timothy Morris, his beloved friend and coach in LH).

Ryon’s passion for teaching and coaching was evident as he served as a mentor and role model for the students at Klein Intermediate. He loved coaching and his competitive side was evident as he coached both eighth grade basketball and football. Often pushing himself to the limits, even following surgeries and chemo, he wanted to make a positive impact on each of his students’ lives. Ryon modeled dedication, perseverance through trials, and always wanted to be there for “his kids”. Ryon impacted many lives in his short 38 years. He was a loving husband to Michelle for almost 10 years and a committed, loving father to Ashlyn (6) and Caleb (4).

Ryon is survived by his wife, Michelle; children, Ashlyn and Caleb; mother, Pamela Mynard; father and stepmother, Carlton and Marilyn Degenhardt; brother, Charles Degenhardt; sister, Jacqueline Frame; grandmother, Jacqueline Mynard; his Oma, Doris Degenhardt; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Bonita Pierce; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his Opa, Alton Degenhardt; and his grandpa,Charles Mynard.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at Salem Lutheran Church, 22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball, TX 77377. Friends are welcome to visit with the family beginning at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Salem Lutheran School or Klein Intermediate Athletic Program.