Steven Francis Ryan, 27, of Chesapeake, VA, passed away peacefully in his wife‚Ä(TM)s arms on Thursday, May 24, 2007, at the Duke University Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born July 26, 1979, in Jacksonville, NC to Sidney F. Ryan and Abigail Tillinghast Ryan of Chesapeake, VA. Steven is a graduate of Great Bridge High School and Virginia Tech where he received both a Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics. He was employed with the Department of Defense, Navy Crane Center, as a mechanical engineer and was a member of Community United Methodist Church. He loved life and excitement ‚Ä" an avid Hokie and soccer fan, motorcycle enthusiast, surfer, and snowboarder. He loved music and was an accomplished instrumentalist on the guitar, trumpet, and baritone.
Steven leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife, Karen Renee Kielbasa Ryan; his parents, Sid and Abby Ryan; brother, Christopher Ryan his wife Tara, and their son, Shawn of Chesapeake, VA; mother and father-in-law, Edward and Joyce Kielbasa, and brother-in-law, Kevin Kielbasa of Virginia Beach, VA; maternal grandfather, John Tillinghast of New Hampshire; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Ryan-Luciano of Florida; grandparents-in-law, Wilbur and Irma Davis of Pennsylvania. He was blessed to have been surrounded and loved by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and devoted friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Mabel T. Tillinghast; and paternal grandfather, Floyd Ryan. Steven‚Ä(TM)s strength, courage and zeal for life and love are an inspiration to all.
The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel Monday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at 11 a.m. in Community United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach, VA with Reverend Bradford Philips presiding. Memorial donations may be made to Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.
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