Today we grieve the loss of Ryan Alexander Groh, who took his final ride at the age of 48 on Friday, March 18, 2022. Ryan passed away from an undetermined medical reason while riding his dirt bike.
Ryan is a native of Corvallis, Oregon, and enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard as an Infantryman. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in November 1997 and joined the active Army in 2003 in order to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course. After earning the Green Beret in 2005 he was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Ryan deployed twice in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant before spending time as a sniper instructor in Fort Bragg, NC. Ryan’s operational deployments as a team sergeant included trips to Albania, Romania, Moldova, Montenegro, and Norway. His most recent assignment was as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Sniper Detachment, Advanced Skills Company 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His contributions to his country were immense, and his legacy will carry on through those he trained and the friendships he grew.
Most importantly, Ryan was a devoted family man, a wonderful father, and a loving and protective husband. His “weird roommates,” as he referred to wife and kids, meant everything to him and were the motivation behind his actions every day. Ryan was extremely laid back but harnessed an unbelievable ability for intricate and abstract thoughts and ideas which kept discussions and adventures interesting. He was also a do-it-yourselfer and he developed strong skills for woodworking, welding and mechanical tasks such as rebuilding motorcycle engines and complex suspension tuning. Ryan was addicted to the freedom and fun-loving community which he found through being an avid dirt bike rider and spent all available time chasing those opportunities.
MSG Groh’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Unit Campaign, Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Additionally, he has earned the Special Forces Tab, Ranger tab, Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Ryan is preceded in death by his father Charles Groh.
Left to honor his memory is his wife, Marissa Watters; his two children, son Cooper Groh, daughter Riley Groh, Mother Dianne Roth, and parent in-laws Scott and Terry Watters, and 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) teammates.
Public Viewing will be held from 5:00-7:00pm (MST) on Wednesday, 30 March 2022 at the Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910.
Service will be held with military honors at 2:00pm (MST) on Thursday, 31 March 2022 at the Soldiers Memorial Chapel, 6333 Martinez St. Bldg 1500, Fort Carson, CO 80913.
A celebration of life event will take place from 5:00-8:00pm (MST) on Thursday, 31 March 2022 at Phantom Canyon Brewery, 2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903