Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Ryan in 1995 and worked with him at Conway Express trucking company. We both left after one year. Back then there were no cell phones and no email. We went different directions and later in life I saw him in a Kohl's store in Edmond, OK, I think in 2007. It was great to see him. Anyway, I was thinking about him one night as I often do with old friends when I'm at work in the middle of the night like tonight and looked up his name on the internet. I have avoided participating in any social media,. but I found this obituary. I am so saddened. What a tragic loss to such an accomplished yet humble and genuinely nice guy. I have no idea what could have happened to him, he appeared healthy, but I haven't seen him in so many years. I am so sorry. I miss him, and I haven't even seen him in a long time. Its just that kind of impact a guy like he has on others. A terrible loss.

Posted by Dennis Silver - Bartlett, IL - Friend   June 22, 2018

I did not know Ryan very well... I didn't even know much about him until after his death... But all the memories I have of him are good ones. I'm writing this crying. I love you Ryan I'm just sad I never got to know you in time...

Posted by Zachary D. Schafer - Moline, IL - Nephew   May 28, 2015

hi this is ryan schafer thats my mname too haha

Posted by Ryan schafer - hillsborough, NJ - Twin sister   May 19, 2015

A very kind and sincere man.I'm going to miss you. Praying for Sandy and children, may God send his heavenly peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Varkey John - ALLEN, TX - CPA   January 09, 2015

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Preston Cole    January 05, 2015

I want to thank Ryan for all the memories that go all the way back to Jefferson grade school and continued throughout SHS. Some of my best memories of you were that you always a kind, funny and generous person. You were great in sports but were always willing to help anyone that needed it without making them feel belittled. I remember you even ended up playing on the little league team my dad was the coach on when you were grade school and helped my little brother because that is just the type of person you were.
May God be with your family during this difficult time and find joy in all the memories they had with you.

Posted by Jolie Handel (Killion) - Batavia, IL   January 05, 2015

In requiem pace, our Champion.

Posted by Daniel McGee - Sacramento, CA - HIghschool friend   January 04, 2015

Ryan you will be missed by many but never forgotten.prayers go out to your family.R.I.P.RYAN.

Posted by michael kinison - sreling, IL - childhood friend   January 03, 2015

Our thoughts & prayers are with your entire family...The wonderful memories will never leave us to warm our hearts.

Posted by Donna Engels - Sterling, IL - part of the SHS wrestling family   January 03, 2015

Prayers for strength in this most difficult time. Ryan will always be remembered for his gentle yet strong personality! Warrior Pride!!

Posted by Shelly Lawson Unthank - Odell, IL - friend from SHS   January 03, 2015

Rest in peace my friend. May God continue to be with your family through this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Tod Bachman - WI   January 03, 2015

Ryan was a wonderful and kind person and was taken from you much too soon. Your family and friends are in my prayers.

Posted by Teri DeWolf-Harris - Sarasota, FL - High school classmate   January 03, 2015

I was a couple years behind Ryan in school, and when I started wrestling, he was one of a few guys everyone looked up to, a leader who would never let teammates take it easy. He was never anything but a friendly teammate with a warm smile, despite a killer instinct on the mat. I was glad to have the chance to watch him wrestle at state his senior year, to try and defeat a three time champ, despite the outcome; what a competitor, even in a rare loss. He taught so many of us how to work harder than you knew you had in you, and to respect everyone on the team. I'm at a loss that he's gone so young, and I send prayers for comfort and peace to his wife and two kids, his mom, and his siblings, including my former coach, Doug. Thank you all for sharing him with those of us humbled to be his teammates.
Rest in Peace, Ryan.

Posted by Ben Olson - Arlington Heights, IL - teammate on SHS wrestling   January 03, 2015

Thank you my friend for years of memories, laughs, and smiles that date back to kindergarten. May God watch over your family and show them guidance as they move through these next days and weeks. Sincerest of condolences and thoughts to your family.

Posted by Ronette Leal McCarthy - IL   January 02, 2015