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“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...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis Silver - Bartlett, IL

“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...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Zachary D. Schafer - Moline, IL

“hi this is ryan schafer thats my mname too haha ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Ryan schafer - hillsborough, NJ

“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...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Varkey John - ALLEN, TX - CPA

“So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Preston Cole

“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...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Jolie Handel (Killion) - Batavia, IL

“In requiem pace, our Champion. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Daniel McGee - Sacramento, CA

“Ryan you will be missed by many but never forgotten.prayers go out to your family.R.I.P.RYAN. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: michael kinison - sreling, IL

“Our thoughts & prayers are with your entire family...The wonderful memories will never leave us to warm our hearts. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Engels - Sterling, IL

“Prayers for strength in this most difficult time. Ryan will always be remembered for his gentle yet strong personality! Warrior Pride!! ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Shelly Lawson Unthank - Odell, IL

“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. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Tod Bachman - WI

“Ryan was a wonderful and kind person and was taken from you much too soon. Your family and friends are in my prayers. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Teri DeWolf-Harris - Sarasota, FL

“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...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Ben Olson - Arlington Heights, IL

“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...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Ronette Leal McCarthy - IL

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Ryan Steven Schafer, 43, of Edmond, Oklahoma, formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

On Dec. 31, a loving son, cherished brother, and devoted husband and father was taken into the loving arms of the Lord.

With all burdens removed from your shoulders, you can soar to the heavens, fly with the birds, catch a snowflake with the palm of your hand, and sing with the angels.

As God's gift to our family, our hearts are broken, our spirits shattered, but our love abounds for you.

Your kind and thoughtful ways will always be with us until we meet again.

Ryan was born Jan. 24, 1971, in Sterling, the son of Ronald and Beverly Jill (Short) Schafer. He graduated from Sterling High School, Class of 1989, and went on to receive his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma. Ryan owned his own company in Oklahoma called Syd-Do.

Survivors include his mother, Jill of Sterling; his wife, Sandy of Edmond; two children, Sydney, 11, and Jett, 8, both of Edmond; one brother, Douglas Schafer of Moline; two sisters, Lori Baumgart of Sterling, and Beth Schafer of Champaign; five nieces and nephews, Mitchell Magnafici, P.J. Baumgart, Shaylee Baumgart, Lindsay Knutsen, and Zachary Schafer; one aunt and uncle, Imogene and Carrol Cline of Petersburg; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ron.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church in Sterling, with Rev. Nathan Wilkins officiating. Burial will be at a later date.