Loyal, brave, humorous, witty, sarcastic, kind, and compassionate; Ryan had a dynamic personality that touched countless lives. Stemming from his wicked sense of humor and laid-back outlook on life, Ryan was the first to laugh at himself. In 2005 at age 17, Ryan joined the U.S. Army where he served his country for four years including two full tours in Afghanistan. After his service ended, he served as a deputy sheriff at a Cañon City, CO prison before retiring as a disabled veteran due to PTSD.
Ryan was an athlete with a passion for hockey and football. His love for hockey started at age 4 and never waned. Growing up in Colorado Springs, Ryan played high-level hockey for CSAHA, CO Thunderbirds, and Coronado HS and later played with the Colorado Warriors, a hockey club for veterans. He was also a diehard Colorado Avalanche and Denver Broncos fan.
Ryan was an extraordinary father, which never went unnoticed by those around him. He loved his daughters, Isabelle Rose and Ella Ryan immensely – and spent the majority of his time and energy ensuring they had a good time, giving them advice, and teaching them good manners and responsibility. Ryan loved taking his girls out for daddy/daughter lunches, playtime at the park, and skating at the rink.
In addition to being a fearless soldier, loyal friend, and phenomenal father, Ryan was a wonderful brother, son, cousin, and grandson. He was hardworking, caring, jovial, and always put others first. He will be missed by many!
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