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Missler, ’98, dies after car accident

By Spenser Hickey

Managing Editor

Ryan Missler (Aug. 23, 1975 - Aug. 9, 2014) in his Hall of Fame photo. Image courtesy of OWU Athletics.

Ryan Missler (Aug. 23, 1975 – Aug. 9, 2014) in his Hall of Fame photo. Image courtesy of OWU Athletics.

The Ohio Wesleyan community lost Athletics Hall of Famer Ryan Missler ’98 on August 9 following a car accident on Route 33 in Dublin, Ohio. He was 38.

Missler started on Ohio Wesleyan’s baseball team for three years and after graduation played two years in the independent minor leagues; he joined the Hall of Fame in 2008.

“He was one of the most outstanding baseball players that Ohio Wesleyan ever had,” said Roger Ingles, current Athletic Director and Missler’s coach on the baseball team.

“…He was just an outstanding player, outstanding person and everybody looked up to him. He was a leader on and off the field.”

Jodi Andes, Dublin Police Department spokeswoman, said the accident remains under investigation but did not have further details at this time.

In his time at OWU, Missler played third base and shortstop, earning the Player of the Year award from the North Coast Athletic Conference his senior year. He led the NCAC in batting average at .485, fourth best in OWU history, and set the OWU record for most home runs in a season.

That year, the Bishops defeated Ohio State’s baseball team 10-7 in the Buckeyes’ first home game; Missler had two home runs in the game.

“He was easily the best player on the field and they (Ohio State) were Big Ten champs that year so I think that tells you what kind of caliber of player he was,” Ingles said.

In his junior year, he was named to the All-NCAC first team, having been a nominee for that selection sophomore year, tying for fourth on OWU’s list of most runs batted in during a season.

His three year career batting average of .400 was fifth-highest in OWU history and he tied the  home run record at 27.

Following his time in the minor leagues, Missler worked alongside his brother Aaron as vice presidents of the family business, Missler’s Irrigation, based out of Dublin; their father Mike is president.

“After he graduated, he played in our golf outing every single year, he and his father and brother,” Ingles said.

“Their irrigation company did a lot of work on campus…he’s one of those guys that you get as a coach that’s kind of a once in a lifetime person. He’s just going to be missed by a lot of people, our thoughts are with his family.”

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Transcript Correspondent Spenser Hickey is a senior majoring in Journalism, with minors in Women's & Gender Studies and Politics & Government.


  1. skincarespa August 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Rip Ryan Missler, sad to see you go!

  2. Aaron missler August 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    You were the best sibling anyone could have and it was an honor to have had you as my brother for almost 39 years I loved and cherished every second of my senior season playing along side of you on the baseball team. You made plays that still amaze me you made. It was a privilege to watch you grow in to player that you did and the man you have become. I loved working with you and its going to be a very hard loss to get over you. But don’t worry Trent and Caden will know their father and know how caring and loving a human being, brother, son, and most especially father he was. I hope it’s all a dream and will wake up tomorrow and be able to have another one of our brotherly squabbles. You are sorely missed already RIP brother

    • Bonnie Chuck Gilligan August 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

      You and your family are so in our prayers. We always enjoyed talking to both you and Ryan when you came each yr. to check our system. Bonnie and Chuck Gilligan

  3. Ellen & Jay Mrukowski August 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Saddened and stunned by this tragic loss. We’ve lost one of the good ones way, way too soon. The Missler family is in our thoughts and prayers. Ellen (Cammock) ’96 and Jay ’94 Mrukowski

  4. Dena Greene Way August 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    God bless the entire Missler Family! Jon and I will miss our travel companion, our concert goer, our pumpkin beer drinking partner, but mostly just your laughter, your passion, and your smile. We love you, Ryan
    Jon Way (’95) and Dena Greene Way (’96)

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