Ryder W. “Storm Boy” Steck

June 19, 1996 ‒ August 02, 2014

Marengo, Ohio

Ryder W. “Storm Boy” Steck, age 18 passed from this life into the rewards of the next on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Grant Hospital from injuries sustained in a July 27th single automobile accident.  Fitting to his character, he gave the gift of life through organ donation, by his own elected choice. In death, he truly understood where he was going and gave of his pure heart.  Its beating as his memory will live on, “Ryders On The Storm”.

Born on June 19, 1996 in Westerville, he will forever be a precious son of Ronnie and Kila (Shultz) Steck of Marengo. Ryder was a member of the 2015 Senior Class of Highland High School in Sparta. Gifted in every way, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Wednesday Bible Study. He aspired to attend Ohio Wesleyan University.

While at Highland he excelled as an athlete. He was a member of the Cross Country Team #562, he also ran the 2 mile on the track team.  Ryder played the guard position on the Highland basketball team, specializing in defense and proudly wearing #20.  Not one to strike out, he was also the lead-off batter for the Marengo youth baseball team, wearing #2, playing first base and short stop.

Ornery and with a playful spirit, he loved to joke. Very intelligent, his friendly spirit allowed him to fit in with any crowd, young or old. Ryder was a member of Livestock Unlimited 4-H club, showing sheep and cows. He was also an avid fan of the Pittsburg Steelers and especially the New York Yankees, following Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

He worked for PJ’s Pizza in Sunbury as a server in addition to assisting with the trap shoots at the Cardinal Center in Marengo. He collected anything Yankee oriented and enjoyed hunting with his father and his new coon dogs. Ryder also enjoyed meals at Raising Cane’s or watching Netflix with his family. A faithful Christian, he enjoyed a passion for music and animals.

Fiercely independent and trustworthy, he liked doing things on his terms. He took care of himself, always health conscientious.  He was thrifty never one to ask for things or with a smile clean his room. Ryder was a true over achiever, when he set his mind to something, it was always accomplished, whatever the task.

Family was always first with Ryder; he treasured time spent with them and especially his cousins. Perhaps one of the reasons his cheering section was so large at his numerous sporting events. He was at his best playing sports or running and home was his favorite place.

In additional to his family he was most proud of his team and individual accomplishments; winning the district championship in cross country, the MOAC Conference title in basketball, the Pony League and Babe Ruth League HSA Rec. Team championship, as well as Grand Champion Cow and Reserve Grand Champion Sheep at the Morrow County Fair.

Expressed best by his parents “He lived a good life, happy, healthy, just too short”. They are most proud that Ryder was a Christian and true friend.

He will forever be cherished by his mother Kila, his father Ronnie, sister Parker, brother Ranger, grandfather Bob Steck, aunts and uncles Joe & DellAnn Kuhn, Ernie & Darla Gaskin, Scott & Melody George, Keith & Jona Baer, Chad & Amber Hankins, Randy & Michele Steck, Bryan & Rhonda Damron, 17 cousins, 8 second cousins, countless friends, coaches, and “Fighters”.

He was proceded in death by grandparents Mardell (Wilcox) Shultz in 2001, Johnnie Shultz in 2011, and Terry (Snow) Steck in 2013.

The Steck Family gratefully acknowledges and deeply appreciates the communities outpouring of love, affection, and prayers during this difficult time.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Highland High School Gymnasium, 1300 St. Rt. 314, Marengo, Ohio  43334, where services Celebrating the Life of Ryder “Storm Boy” Steck will be held 11:00 Monday, with Gary Condit officiating. Burial will follow in Marengo Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ryder Steck Donation Fund, c/o Highland High School, 1300 St Rt 314, Marengo, Ohio 43334.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

    • Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you at all times.

    • I only knew you while you were growing up. Many people loved you and I am sending my sympathies for the whole family.

  • My deepest condolences. I knew Ryder from school, we had science class together. He was truly a remarkable, bright, humorous and kind-hearted young man. When I learned of his passing, it shocked me. I couldn’t imagine what had happened to take such a vibrant person.

    I know that Ryder is watching down on everyone. He was an angel amidst those walking the earth, and I have no doubt we will meet him one day again. Rest in peace, Stormboy, your fight is over.

  • My heart breaks for your loss of your son. Prayers and hugs for your family. Rely on the Lord for your strength in this, such difficult time.

    • Words could never convey how truly sorry I am for losing your child. I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Ryder, but know he is a gift. God has an amazing plan for him!

  • I think often of your family during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Prayers for your family. Just remember all though it’s never easy to say goodbye STORM BOY is in great hands!

  • Even though we may not have known Ryder as well as others, we were very shocked at the announcement of his passing. With everything we have heard Ryder was a very smart, caring person. He has definetly made a mark on our community. RIP Ryder, you will be dearly missed. Fly High Bud.

  • Our deepest sympathies on your loss of a wonderful boy. We are still praying for your whole family.

  • My God hold your family in his hands at this difficult time – and you should be very proud of the son you raised.

  • Our hearts our so sad that we must say good bye to Ryder so soon. He will be so dearly missed. Our deepest sympathy to the Steck family, you remain in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ronnie, Kila, Parker and Rangy…I love you all as my second family. I had great pleasure in knowing and sharing precious time with Ryder and all of you over the years. My heart is broken for your loss, but Im positive when we stand on another balcony there will be the brightest star in the sky to comfort us, Love you all Jules

  • I didn’t know the family or Ryder but my heart breaks for you. Stay strong and know that you will be together again someday. Prayers going out to all family and friends. God bless all those who helped getting his cousin home to be with his best friend. So very sorry for your loss.

  • It was an honor and privilege to know Ryder. He was a great young man. A hardworking athlete, student and worker in what he did. He touched our family’s life. We will miss him. We are thankful for the wonderful parents and family he had. His parents Kila and Ronnie did a great job raising and supporting and loving him until his final days. Ryder had loving grandparents, aunts, uncles , cousins and many friends that also supported him. There were many nice special memories with wonderful family gatherings and good times at their home and with camping, sports, school events and so much more. He will not be forgotten .May God’s peace, comfort and love be with the special Steck family.

  • My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of the most amazing young man that I never got to meet. I know he will continue to touch so many more lives through his beautiful spirit. God Bless you all . R.I.P Ryder<3<3

  • Words can expresss our condolences for your family, Our only hope is that you recieve comfort from God, by all the prayers sent your way.

  • RIP Ryder. We all lost a great friend and teammate. My prayers go out to the Steck family.

  • I am so saddened that you lost this very special son. Although I hadn’t met my first cousin twice removed, I understand from all that I have read what a super young man he was! You did a wonderful job as parents for him to be such an upstanding person. David and I are so sorry for your loss. May our Lord wrap his arms around you with His love and peace.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our Love and prayers are with you threw these hard times. Rest in Peace Ryder, you will be missed.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers are with you threw these hard days ahead. Rest In Peace Ryder, you will be missed.

  • Ryder made a very positive mark on earth. I know his journey has just begun. I am blessed to have known him as a student leader at Highland High School! My heartfelt condolences are sent to his entire family! Praying for peace for our community!

  • So very sorry for your loss. So happy that because Ryder loved the Lord ,we, who also love Him, will get to spend eternity with him. Prayers and hugs continue for your family.

  • Ryder will be missed. He was always inspiring when it came to sports. He helped me a lot in basketball. He pushed me and I couldn’t have someone better to do that. Ryder was amazing. It crazy what things like this happen.. Fly High Bud, we’ll all see you in the future, I promise<3

  • Jim or I neither one knew Ryder,but,Jim knows his dad from racing. He sounds like he was an amazing young man. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the family. His legacy will live on from the organ donations made. R.I.P. Ryder,show everyone in Heaven what you can do.

  • Prayers and support to all your family. You have touched so many hearts and souls, rest in peace.

  • Being from Morrow County and a Highland graduate, I’m not surprised by the out pouring of support from the community! I continue to pray for your family. I’ve read so much about Ryder I feel like I knew him. It’s clear he was and still is an amazing young man that touched and continues to touch so many lives. We’ll done Ryder! R. I. H.

  • May God give you comfort as you say good bye to your wonderful son. We did not know Ryder, but it sounds like he was a child every parent would be so proud to call theirs. Jim and Judy Ferguson

  • I just want to say how much the story of Ryder touched me and I am amazed by all the people who loved him. I didn’t know him or his family personally but they will now be forever in my heart. My heart breaks for you all but I know that Ryder will live on in all of our hearts.

  • So very sorry for your loss,deepest condolences to your whole family! I’am a friend of DellAnn’s and i know how much she loved Ryder,my prayers and thoughts are with you!

  • I knew Ryder through sports, especially basketball and running. He was an excellent athlete but his personality shined well beyond anything accomplished in a stat book. I never saw him do anything but smile and he was always laughing with and cheering on his teammates. I am very deeply saddened to learn of what happened and I offer my prayers to all of Ryder’s family and friends in this difficult time.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this trying time. Ryder was a great person with a contagious smile. He will be missed by many.

    The Hess Family

  • our thoughts & prayers are with you…we remember Ryder on his tricycle around Grandma & Grandpa at Spring Garden Ranch

  • Our deepest sympathies, love, and prayers. May you know the presence of God ‘s Spirit very near in the days ahead. Pastor Bud & The Harlem Road Church Family

  • It is so hard to understand why these things happen. I didn’t know Ryder, but I’m a mother and can only imagine the agony your suffering. The pain is so great and unbearable to lose a loved one. No one should ever have to lose a child.
    My heart breaks for your entire family and I have been thinking of you often.
    I will keep you in my prayers.
    Virginia Tice

  • My deepest condolences to Kila, Ronnie, Parker and Ranger! The love and support this family has for one another would make anyone envious. They raise an all around outstanding young man with Ryder Steck! He was a great role model to his siblings! He always had a smile on his face which was infectious! Smart all american hard working young man. Kila and Ronnie are so very proud of Ryder an certainly should be! Ryder touched alot of people’s life’s in his short time on earth and most people can’t do what he has done their whole life! God bless the Steck family! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • We are so sorry for your loss, The Tuggle and Steck family have known each other for 30 plus years, and we are so thankful for that,we are also glad JT Tuggle got to know and grow up with Ryder. Ryder was a great kid! Just like his Grandpa Bob was a great man, I remember when our Grandpa was diagnosed with cancer and was not able to get out to get his hair cut, so Ryder s Grandpa would come to my parents house and cut his hair for him, that is a great man for doing that! The Steck family has raised a great son and grandson! You will always be loved and in our hearts and prayers forever!God Bless and may the Lord be with u always to comfort and strengthen you throughout these trying times.

  • We are so very sorry for the loss of your precious child. I pray that you can find comfort in the tremendous support that is there for you in the community, your friends and especially your family. May God bless you.
    The Pontius Family

  • As I cherish my grandsons in my heart I cant image the pain you are having. I wish you peace with God’s arms around you for now and forever.

  • Our words are not adequate to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May Ryder’s memory be eternal. Love-Jim and Anna

  • Whether it was the one class we ever had together before I graduated, the countless conversations in the hallways, working the trapshoots together, or seeing each other while we pick up tuxes before my senior prom Ryder ALWAYS put a smile on my face. We weren’t the best of friends just because of the age difference, but we were good enough friends that I can’t help but shed some tears when reading Facebook, signs all over Morrow County, or this condolence page. We’re all going to miss you buddy, rest easy. I’ll see you again someday!

  • We are so sorry for the loss of your amazing son. He has touched our lives as well as others in so many positive ways. His family can truly beam with pride when thinking about him. He was a fantastic role model before and even after his passing. We hope time will ease the pain of your loss and please remember we are all here for you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Fly High Ryder Fly High

  • Words can never take away our pain, only time will help you all heal. Just know that in his too-short life, Ryder has made a huge impact on all who knew him. He was a wonderful young man, and will always be a special person in all our lives. Blessings upon him, and heartfelt wishes for God’s peace for all of you.

  • Our deepest condolences to Ron and the family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. Ryder

  • Our condolences to Ron and Kila. We’re so sorry for your guys loss. You guys are in our prayers. R.I.P Ryder you will be dearly missed

  • With our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers for your family. May God bless you and keep you in His loving care.

  • Although I didn’t know Ryder personally I know his Father Ronnie very well from the Harness Horses and am very Heartbroken for the entire Family…………I will never understand why the good die young only the good lord upstairs holds the answer to that but I’m sure he definitely has his reasons for it and we here on earth will all find out from him our selfs the day we meet him………….And im sure Ryder is sitting on the clouds watching over all of his beloved family and friends during the day in between his ball game’s and at night finding the brightest star to lay apoun so his Beloved family and friends can point him out over all the other angles……………R.I.P Ryder Steck you will always be rememberd and in the hearts of many!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Our deepest sympathy and continuing prayers for your family during this difficult time.

  • Ronnie & Kila we are so very sorry for your loss of a great son. You will be in our thoughts during this difficult time.

  • We are sad that we never got to know Ryder, but it has been heartwarming to learn how the Highland community has done so much to support your family and honor his memory. We hold fast to the joy that comes knowing he is surrounded by his Shultz and Snow grandparents, and we look forward to the day when no more tears will fall.

  • My deepest condolences to the Steck Family. Out of tragedy rises miracles; from the outpouring of support from the community to the precious gifts of life from Ryder himself. May God bless you all through this difficult time and onward.

    Howard ‘Linnie’ Thompson
    HHS Class of 1987

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss! I can’t imagine what your going through, just know my prayers & thoughts are with you all! May God Bless you always! Love to you all.

  • Our hearts are broken for your loss – I do not have the right words – please know that our thoughts are with you every day. Your loss is felt far beyond your community – please know all the Vermont Gaskins are praying for you and all your family. With love, peace and deep sadness.
    Tim and Paula

  • Words can’t express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. He was such a great young man. We love you guys, Ryan, Sam, Jordan, Emma, Aubree and Court.

  • We are so sorry about the loss of Ryder that you loved so much. We are praying for your comfort and the comfort of your entire family by tthe only one truly able to comfort us, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

  • We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family every day. Ryder lives on in our hearts and memories that he created during his short life. God’s blessings on you all.

  • We are truely so sorry to hear about your loss of such a wonderful young man. Our thoughts and paryers are with the entire family. RIP Ryder

  • Our hearts go out to Ryder’s family at this difficult time. We will be praying for you. Thank you for keeping us all posted on Ryder’s Fighters page. He was an amazing young man and you have shown us all through his story. May there be peace given by God knowing he is in heaven. Love, Melissa, Darren, Maria and Nick McKenzie

  • There are no words that can help heal the ache you have right now. We are both praying for your family and hope you will find peace. The great blessing is that you all will be together again someday. Our thoughts are with you all as you heal.
    Wade and Janie Morris

  • Praying for the Steck families as they work their way through this difficult time in their lives. I did not know Ryder, but I watched his father, Randy and Rhonda grow up, and I know that he was truly blessed to have such wonderful support and love. May God wrap all of you in His arms and surround you with everlasting peace and love.

  • We are so sorry of your loss of young Ryder , we personally did not know him , but through our grandson & the community he sounded like a very wonderful, gifted, spirited , friendly, loving, faith believing young man . May you find comfort in our heavenly father & call upon him when ever needed, he will wrap you in his arms & give you the strength you need at the time you need it. Love-N-Prays , The Cantleberry’s <3

  • Ryder, you were such an accomplished young man. RIP

    To the Steck Family:

    God be with all of you at this time and the future! Ryder and God will be with you forever and pray someday you will all meet again. I’ve only known the family through horse racing and respected Ron and his talent for years.

    Peace be with the Steck family!

  • Just an amazing young man. From my brief view Ryder lived each moment of his life with boldness, kindness, and with the utmost respect and sincerity for others. We all were privileged to know him. His legacy in part will be the valuable lessons he has taught us all. Lessons on how to live each day to the fullest. Lessons on how to treat each other. Lessons on how, with God’s help we can leave this world a better place than when we arrived. Much love to the Steck family. Thanks for raising an outstanding young man. God Bless. —Drew Orecchio

  • We could write many things about how Ryder impressed us in the too short years we were able to witness his life in the community of Highland; there are the accounts our teens have shared with us on him as to what a testimony he was to who he was in his determination, individuality, sense of humor, and his love for his family by how he performed in basketball, his running or in his everyday life. What a tribute to the lives he touched is evidenced in how the teens and community are showing the love and respect they had for him. A remarkable young man he was, who was certainly loved by so many. With deep sympathy we send our condolences, The Browns, Jenna, Jacob, Jordan, Vince, and Sonia

  • We are so very sorry for the loss of your precious family member. Please take comfort that your community is right by your side during this difficult time. Always know that our Lord is there to comfort you. We have known your family for all of our lives and know that you are good people. Stay strong for Ryder because you will see him again someday!

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So Sorry for your loss of such a strong young man. We did not know Ryder personally, but we all live in such a small community, that most of the Highland/Marengo Community did know him. He sounds like someone that everyone should have known! What I wouldn’t do to have met him, just once! But to know that his Heart keeps beating in a person that has received a huge Gift from Ryder, that has to take comfort in your souls as his parents!
    An Amazing young man will be watching over you all from here on out!!
    R.I.P. Ryder “Storm Boy” Steck

  • Although I didn’t know Ryder, I know your family from growing up in Sunbury. I have learned from all the posting that Ryder was wise beyond his years and was such a caring person. May God wrap y’all in His arms and hold you tight during this time. Ronnie, Kila, Parker, Ranger & your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Ryder..

  • From my family to yours prayers love and sympathies to the entire Shultz/ Steck families.. Ily The Warners

  • I didn’t know Ryder but Michael and Parker are friends and we know other members of the Steck family. We want to express our deepest condolences for the entire family and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Ryder is in a wonderful place full of peace and love and he will always be with you in your heart. May God bless all of you and give you strength during this most sorrowful time.

    Michael and Angie Plavi

  • What an amazing young man. Although only knowing Ryder briefly and mostly on the peripheral, he very much impressed me in so many ways. Every single time we ran across each other’s path he was so very respectful and entirely present as we spoke. He shook my hand firmly and looked me in the eye squarely. In today’s world that is fairly rare but abundantly refreshing. I couldn’t help but being drawn into him by his true sense of himself. What I saw is that he lived his life with boldness, kindness, and authenticity. He was respectful and he cared about everything he was involved in and everyone around him. His legacy in part will be the lessons he has taught us all. Living life to the fullest each day. How to treat people the right way just because it’s the right thing to do. Just to name a couple. It was a true privilege to know him. Much love to the Steck family. God Bless.—Drew&Laurie

  • The Steck family
    So sorry for a loss of your son, wish I could have met him. Sounds like a very good young man, I hear he wasn’t at the race track much and that is most of the places we saw you. Marvin (curly) and Phil send thoughts to your family in time of need..

  • So sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family during your time of loss.

  • I fondly remember working with Ryder in the Highland West Library during his 6 years there. He was such a sweet boy, with great manners, and a positive attitude. My heart goes out to all his family. He was certainly a young man to be proud of. Keeping the entire family in prayer, as well as the HHS class of 2015. Sincerely, Linda Sheets

  • What a nice young man we have lost. All of the spoken and written words, the hugs and the prayers, fall way short of truly expressing the shared pain of our entire community, for the Steck Family. Your loss is, on so many levels, our loss. Your unspeakable pain is felt by each of us, to the extent that is possible. Please know that we will also be available as you heal your broken hearts.

  • What an amazing young man. Ryder personified so many positive traits, it’s hard to list them all. He stood out in our community in just about every way a young student athlete could. His impact will be sorely missed. That impact will be felt in a positive manner for a long, long time. Much love to the Steck family.

  • Midland Acres extends our deepest sympathy to the entire Steck Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers for healing during this tragic loss.

  • Midland Acres would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope for your healing.

  • We are so sorry for your loss of such a fine young man. Are hearts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • We are so sorry to learn of Ryder’s passing. What a legacy of caring he has left behind.

    We knew Ryder’s grandparents Bob and Terry Steck when they spent winters at Sunshine Raceway in Florida.

  • Ronnie,kila,and children
    I am so sorry for the loss of your son I’m sorry that I never had the chance to meet him,but from talking to Bob, he sounds like a son anyone would be proud to have there are no words that I can say to make you feel better , butI want you to know that your family is in my prayers may God give you peace and comfort you will always have your memories that no one can take away God bless to you

  • All of these compliments are a testified picture of your wonderful son. We feel your pain as we lost our son also. Bob knows us and our family. Feel free to call if we can be any comfort to you. Our community is great in good times and especially in bad times. It really helps. Sincerely, Judy and Johnny Weaver

  • Ronnie & Kila
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You can take comfort knowing that you raised a great son and that he will live on through the gift of life he gave with his organ donations. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family and you can be sure he is with god.

  • Ronnie, & Kila, I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed watching Ryder last year playing basketball. Praying for you all, god bless.

  • Ronnie & Kila & family — we are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy from our hearts to yours.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about such a tragic loss in the Steck Family. Ryder’s giving spirit lives on through his organ donations. That’s quite a noble and brave thing for a young man to volunteer. Rest in peace Ryder.

  • To the Sheck family, We keep you all in our prayers and counting Our God faithful in meeting each of your needs for I know you all will miss him in different ways. How do I know, because we had a daughter killed many years ago by one of our horses and He was, and still is faithful in meeting our needs in many ways. Our hearts are with you in this time for we stand with Jesus in your grief, knowing that Ryder is with Him is comforting . His Blessings to all and all of Ryders friends. Neal and Jean Reed

  • In the rush of the day, we often forget how precious each moment is and those who are the most important. It sounds like Ryder knew those who were the most important and took advantage of the moments. Our hearts go out to your family and we pray for comfort and understanding during this time of loss.

  • I did not know Ryder personally but a friend of mine does. After reading the achievements and show of love and support above, Ryder sounds like a pretty awesome guy. Our condolences to your Family during this time, but hold your heads high for he was alot to be proud of which means he was loved and raised with great values..

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and I know Seth welcome him on his baseball team. So whenever you here a storm remember Seth and Ryder are hitting homeruns. God bless you and your family. He will always be remember and loved.

  • We send our deepest sympathy and know you will find strength in having a great family around you.

  • We extend our sympathy to Ronnie, Kila, Parker, Ranger and all of the Steck family for this tragic loss.

    Gary and Debbie King and Family

  • Our thoughts and Prayers are with the whole family during this very difficult time. Such a nice young man who was loved by so many and accomplished so much.

  • Our sincere condolences on the loss of Ryder. Our community has lost so many young people this year and words cannot express how we all feel.
    Ryder by all accounts was a super young man and I know you will see him again . Thank God he knew Christ so he now has a heavenly home that will keep him safe and without hurt.
    Praying for God’s comfort and peace for your family.

  • Dear Steck Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your son, Ryder. We shall continue to ask God to comfort and strengthen you as you face each day without him. May you find solace in all of your wonderful memories and in the support of your family and community as time begins to heal your heartache. God bless you all! Bill and Sharon Rausch

  • I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Ryder was one of the freshman that made my senior year very special as FFA President. I fondly remember his jokes and happy spirit as I saw him around the Morrow County Fair at the cattle barns. I saddened to hear such a great person’s life was cut short. My dearest sympathy is with the Steck Family.

  • My heart is breaking for your loss of this fine young man. My deepest sympathy to all the family and friends associated with Ryder as they mourn their loss. While I did not know Ryder or his family, his aunt, DellAnn , is a friend through our mutual dog interest. Lynne Hlavin

  • Ronnie & Kila, you have our deepest sympathy. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • I’m so sad that you have to experience this aad loss. Praying for your whole family and the spirit of Ryder.

  • To the Steck family, I offer you my sincere condolences on the lost of your son and pray that God will help you heal your heart RIP Ryder

  • Ronnie, Kila and Family, Our deepest heartfelt sympathy as you struggle through this most difficult time of losing someone so dear. John and Mardell would be so proud of you. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  • So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of need.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Ryder but went to school with Ronnie. We send our prayers and love to Ronnie, Kila and family in this terrible loss of your son and brother.

  • I can only express my Heartfelt sadness for all who Love & was Blessed with Ryder’s Beautiful Spirit… GOD BLESS YOU.
    May Ryder’s Light Shine the Brightest in your Family Photos in the future, so you’ll know it is him shining His Brightest Just for You!
    Love You All Forever! Pam

  • We are sorry for the lost of your son , Ryder. We have been following this thur our Grandson. Who played baseball with Ryder. It was our honor to have watch him over the years play ball and play his Best. Watching him grow into a teen and into a young man. You should Proud of the Job you all have done. God Bless Your Family in This Time of Lost and Sorrow.

  • Our heart is heavy for the Steck family and community in the loss of this young man. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for strength in these days, weeks and months ahead that you find peace and hold tight to your memories.

  • Ronnie, Kila, Parker and Ranger,
    Please know that you remain in our prayers. Ryder is a hero and will always be remembered, especially by those to whom he gave the gift of life through his organ donation.
    Jean and Bob Smolko

  • Ryder was always one of the highlights of Youth in Government. He will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Words cannot say how very we sorry to learn that this young man left us much too soon. I remember Ryder for his days at “study hall” at Highland. He was a hard working student and always had a ready smile. He will be missed by so many. Our blesses to the family.
    Bill & Sandy Fulton
    Byrdstown, Tennessee

  • I will never forget the hugs and dreams that Ryder shared with me over the last few years. He ran with all his will and never failed to do his best. I felt honored to have him call me ‘Grandma’ and share his hugs and tears. The Ebersole family offers our prayers to all the Steck family.

  • So sorry for your loss. We can’t imagine the pain you are going through. We will always remember Ryder as one who was eager to learn. It was a pleasure having him in our 4-H club for several years.

  • Kila, Ronnie, Parker and Ranger, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. No words I can give you will ease your pain and my heart breaks for you. My middle daughter, Taylor, is in Ryder’s class and almost every single day after school, Taylor had a Ryder story. I think the cutest story is Taylor saying Ryder would ask her if he could copy her homework because he didn’t get his done and he didn’t get it done only because he probably didn’t feel like it and Taylor would say, but mom, Ryder is so friggin’ smart, he doesn’t have to do the homework, then he will take the test and ace it because he is SO smart….. I know Ryder will be with the class of 2015! What an amazing son you raised!!

  • You have my deepest sympathies. Ryder was such a unique individual and will be sincerely missed. We are grieving along with you. Please know that you have my continued prayers.
    Laura Jordan-Brown
    Marion Technical College

  • My heart goes out to each and everyone of you, his family. We always ask why but I can only imagine how hard it is to lose a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.