Ryan D. Garner

October 01, 1984 ‒ May 05, 2018

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Motivated, inspirational, and disciplined… Ryan Garner embodied these characteristics to the fullest.  One who embraced monumental challenge with vigor he welcomed life’s difficult paths. Ryan lived with cancer.  It did not define who he was or overtake his spirit, and to the amazement of medical professionals, his family and friends, Ryan never quit. He knew the difference between giving up and letting go, and Ryan never gave up.   Saturday evening May 5, 2018 Ryan D. Garner, son, brother, police officer and trusted friend, died while in the trenches fighting cancer.

The son of David and Sheila (Miller) Garner, Ryan was born October 1, 1984 in Bellefontaine.  He grew up in Ontario.  A beautiful boy with a sense of humor and wonderful smile, always active, Ryan wrestled and played soccer for Ontario.  In 2003 he graduated from Ontario High School, and continued his education earning an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Central State College.  Early in his career as a police officer Ryan worked for the Fostoria Police Department.  For the past 10 years, Ryan served for the Mansfield Police Department before retirement.  He served on the K-9 and SWAT Units.

Athletic and active Ryan lifted weights and practiced mixed martial arts.  The definition of lionhearted is exceptionally brave and courageous.  Ryan earned that title.  Six months ago, Ryan performed 220 pull-ups in 60 minutes after recovering from a broken back.  A task often unachievable by someone in good health, Ryan extends this challenge to anyone who is willing to accept.

He often worked through what he’d call “discomfort” (Ryan never spoke the word pain; it simply wasn’t in his vocabulary).  All he wanted to do was get back to work; to work alongside his brothers and sisters in blue.  Ryan’s sheer grit and mental toughness inspired not only his family and friends but also his circle of physicians that were treating his cancer.   He felt it was his responsibility and duty not to quit.

Ryan is survived by his parents David P. and Sheila Garner of Ontario; brother and sister-in-law David K. and Erica Garner and nieces Audrey and Elena all of Delaware; paternal grandmother Patricia J. Bush of Newark; cousin Cody F. Miller; uncle Richard Bringardner.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents James M. Garner, and Alfred and Virginia “Fern” Miller.

The Garner family would like to extend a special thanks to the very close circle of friends, numerous medical teams, and brothers and sisters in blue that offered unbelievable support.

His family will receive friends Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 3-8pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where Mansfield FOP Last Rights will be offered at 7:30pm.  Funeral services celebrating the life of Ryan D. Garner will be held Friday at 11 am in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44904, where burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.   Pastor Mark Dettmer will officiate.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Richland County Humane Society may be made through the funeral home.

To leave a message of condolence or to view Ryan’s tribute video please visit:SnyderFuneralHomes.com

In the midst of incredible stress and hardship, through God’s strength, Ryan REFUSED TO TAP.

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  • Dearest Sheila and David and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan was an amazing and strong young man who truly loved life. I know that he is in God’s comforting arms and he will never know pain again. If you need anything, please know I am here for you. My deepest love, condolences and prayers are with you all. God’s blessings be on you always.

    Nora Shrewsberry

  • You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Ryan went to Ontario with our children Levi, Jessi Jo, Jami and Jake. He was on the wrestling team with Jake. May God comfort you all during this time of loss.
    Dave and Brenda Thompson family

  • I went to school at Ontario with Ryan and had classes here and there with him throughout. He was always so friendly, welcoming, and had the best sense of humor. I am so sorry for your loss, sending prayers your way for peace and comfort during this life changing time. Be so proud of your son, he was one of the great ones.

  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. Garner,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan was one of the nicest people. You should be proud of the young man you raised. He touched many lives including mine. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

  • Ryan was one of my first friends I made when my mom passed away and I had to move to Mansfield. He took me to his prom and was such a fun and sweet guy. I am very glad to have known him.
    My deepest condolences to all that loved him.

  • Ryan will always hold a special place to us, as his neighbors. He helped Andrew with his boxing skills and gave him some tenacity to make it through some difficulties at school. He also helped him build up strength to win a push up challenge! Ryan was such a nice guy and we enjoyed getting to know him! He had a fight and grit that was amazing! It was a pleasure to know him.
    Prayers for you all during this difficult time.

  • I am sorry for your loss. As a former law enforcement officer in the United States Army, I met Ryan my first year in Fostoria. He was a very kind and sweet gentleman and officer who will be missed but never forgotten. His family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sweet Sheila and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Heartfelt prayers lifted for you.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Garner, extended family and friends.

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your incredible loss. I was honored, lucky, and privileged to have hired Ryan and serve along side him in Fostoria.

    He was one of a group of new, highly motivated and truly dedicated warriors that helped clean up a department, city, three counties, and surrounding area, and he did it with honor, dedication, tenacity, and pride.

    God has gained a true warrior and incredible man as you well know. He may not be here but will never be forgotten and I know he is looking down on and watching over us until we meet again.

    May God bless and heal you during this difficult time.

    John McGuire
    Retired Fostoria Police Chief

  • Mr. & Mrs. David Garner,

    Ken and I would like to extend our most humbled apologies and condolences to you and your family. We will continue to pray for you in the Hope’s to lift your spirits, cherish and remember Ryan as the remarkable man, Officer, son, and true friend that he is. The Mansfield Police Department stands at your side in support of your days and years ahead. We are family. We are proud of Officer #248 & will cherish is legacy forever.
    Chief Ken & Amber Coontz

  • Prayers for you all during this time. I graduated and went to school with Ryan . He was very full of humor and joy and always friendly. Prayers

  • Dear Sheila, Dave and David,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers for you and your family. Ryan was a wonderful young man, always kind and smiling. He went to school with our sons Michael and Joshua. Those 10 sets of brothers in wrestling were amazing. Ryan will never be forgotten.

  • Dave so sorry to hear about your son My Deepest Sympathy to you and your family

  • Mr & Mrs. Garner, I am do sorry for your loss. I do not know your son Ryan but I am a fellow sister in Blue from Michigan!

  • Prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time. Your son was a blessing to many.

  • RIP Brother in Blue, the world is a more dangerous place without you, but we will take it from here. Prayers and Condolences for your family.
    Sincerely and God Bless ,
    Don Davis

  • Your loss is also our loss. Ryan had such an impact to all who knew him. I worked with him at Sears. My daughter, Sara, was at Ontario School when he was. Such a good example of how we should all be. God truly has a special place for him. My prayers are with us all.

  • Dear Mr. & Mrs. Garner,

    I knew Ryan when I worked with him in Fostoria. I use to call him the “Ashton Kutcher” of the department. He always made me laugh & feel good to be around him. He was a blessing to know. My condolences & prayers are with you at this time. May God Bless you & the rest of the family.

    Sonia Castillo

  • David, Sheila & Family,
    Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We send our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your courageous son.
    I will forever remember Ryan as the little boy next door that had the sweetest smile. I remember his love for his best friend, his dog Gus. And I remember as he started to grow up and mature how it became evident the extraordinary man he was destined to become.

  • What’ a amazing officer and a gentleman. So sorry for the loss . Please extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of this brave and strong man. God speed officer

  • I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. Ryan was an amazing individual. I’d lost touch with him for many years, but had the good fortune to reconnect with him quite recently up until his passing. I’d always admired him in the past and have always held him in high respect. He was taken far too soon but is now in a better place.

  • To the Ryan Garner Family.

    While I never knew Ryan, the words of his obituary are a testament of a man who served with courage and honor. As a fellow brother in blue, he certainly left a legacy for us all to be inspired and dare to achieve. May God grant you all the comfort you need in this time. Our prayers are with all who grieve this loss.

    Chief Jeff Scott
    Notre Dame College Police Dept.
    Former MPD Officer #209

  • Our deepest love, condolences and prayers are with you all. Ryan was such a good example to all around him. He was a fighter, a son that made his parents proud, a brother to his brother, Kyle (sis-in law ) Erica, along with his brother’s in blue, a good uncle to his niece’s and a friend to so many. Just a wonderful person to know. Now his race is done but we can praise God his life is in Christ and he is in His presence. Sheila and Dave if we can help in any way let us know.

  • I went to school with Ryan and was a fellow member of his graduating class, in 2003. Throughout High School, I recall Ryan’s good humor as well as his decent nature. It comes as no surprise that Ryan went on to a career of service to his community.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this profound season of loss. It is never easy to lose someone. It is especially difficult to lose someone as young and tenacious as Ryan.

    In time, I hope you will each take comfort in knowing that while his life was short, Ryan lived his life well and with meaningful purpose. Until you are reunited, may his memory be a blessing.

  • Dear Sheila, Dave, and Family

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. May your memories and the love of family and friends bring you comfort during this difficult time. With parents like you, Ryan must have been a great person. He obviously was loved and respected by many.

    Sending both of you love, hugs, prayers and hopes for peace.

    Missy (Santos) Cunningham

  • In Loving Memory Of Ryan – FROM UNIFORM TO WINGS
    Thank you for your service you’re now with the King of Kings
    You’ve traded in your uniform for a pair of angels wings
    You were such a blessing to everyone you knew
    You went above and beyond the job you had to do
    Although our hearts are broken we know you’re not in pain
    And our loss here on earth has become heaven’s gain
    Now it is with gratefulness we release you to the Lord
    Enjoy your eternity for you have earned your rewards

  • Sheila, Dave & Family,

    Our sincere condolences. Ryan was a strong Warrior through & through and a young man others should strive to emulate.

    Our Prayers,
    Matt & Kathy Dille and family

  • You have my Prayers blue God Bless Your Family and Friends 💙We All Have Blue Blood Prayers

  • Dave,Sheila, and family.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord hold you and keep you in this sad time. Ryan was an awesome young man. He will be greatly missed.
    Love you all.

    Scott and Debbie Lake.

  • Dave and Family. So sorry to hear about the loss of your son! Prayers to you and your family!

  • Dave and Family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your son- loved one. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your entire family. Lori M.

  • Dave, Sheila, and Kyle, I am so very saddened to hear the news of Ryan’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    With love, Pam Pence

  • Sheila, Dave and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss of Ryan, but Heaven gained another angel. We never knew Ryan but have prayed for you all for many months. He certainly was a brave young man who left this earth way too early, but he runs free now taking care of those in Heaven. Our hearts break for your loss and we know that your hearts will never be the same. We hope you will find comfort in Jesus, the great comforter, and in the many wonderful memories you have of your beloved son. He touched the hearts of so many people during his battle with cancer. He leaves behind a legacy of love to all who knew him, as shown by the many beautiful comments posted on this site.
    God bless you all in the days ahead.
    Susi and Tom Maiyer

  • Sheila & Dave,
    I am so sorry to hear this news, my heart breaks for you. Clearly he was an amazing, strong, well respected, man that fought the good fight…in his work and life. I pray for God’s comfort and strength to carry you through this and the days ahead.

    Much love from an old friend.

  • Dear Sheila,
    So very sorry to hear about your precious son. May God provide the comfort and strength you and your family needs.

    Rose Wilson

  • We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to ask. He has touched so many people’s lives and as a parent that is definitely something to be proud of. Ryan’s kindness and bravery will leave great memories for people everywhere.

    The Fox Family

  • Words alone cannot describe the sadness felt by all. But, know you don’t walk alone…God bless your family and God Speed 248….

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in our prayers & sending you our love for comfort in your hearts.

  • I do send my deepest condolences to the Gardner family. I remember Ryan in high school and in show choir. He’s always the guy that could make you laugh and smile when you’re down. His Spirit was always uplifting, and his smile was definitely one to remember. He’s was a great friend and an awesome comedian, getting in trouble for laughing at the wrong times we’re so worth it. Is live with soul and great personality will forever be missed. He was definitely all around great guy. I am praying for the family for strength and clarity, and for his Lively spirit to always be with you all.

  • Sheila,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I can’t imagine a more difficult challenge for a mother. May God increase your strength.

  • Sheila, Dave & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan was a remarkable young man. His beautiful smile and positive attitude were always a welcomed sight at our clinic. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love, Kim (Get Well Center)

  • Dave I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. My deepest sympathy and my prayers to you and your family.

  • Ryan was a great neighbor. He and I had many talks while I was also going through treatments. . He kept me encouraged during a tough time. Whether it was on his porch or mine I always appreciated all he had to say. He had an infectous smile, and a winning personality. I am truly grateful that our paths crossed. God bless your family you are in my prayers. May the God of peace keep you.

  • Dave, Our hearts hurt for you and your family. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the days to come.

  • David and Sheila, I just don’t have the words to express how very sorry I am for your loss. The video is so touching and beautiful. What a wonderful family. Michele Handwerk Tisdale

  • I offer my deepest condolences to Ryan’s family and friends. I had the privilege of going through the police academy with Ryan and he sure did make it fun! Always making us laugh, sleeping in class, getting us in trouble…. those were some great times! I’ll never forget riding in a Crestline cruiser with him for training, you could always count on him to make everything more fun! I’ll hold these memories dear forever, what a great guy that had such an impact on so many- you will be missed!

  • Dear Dave and Sheila,
    Words fall short in expressing our sorrow in the passing of your sweet baby boy. We, of course, remember that smiling, tow-headed blonde bundle of joy and energy before you moved away so didn’t have the opportunity to watch him grow up to be the fine young man that he became. How proud you must be of Ryan who deeply touched so many lives with his love, humor, tenacity and courage. Our memories of Ryan, even at a young age, make us smile because that was him….Mr. Personality. Thank you for sharing his video – what a testament to the full life that he lived…an amazing young man who was much loved and will be greatly missed!

  • Dear David and Sheila,

    We are so very sad to hear the news of Ryan’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    With Love,
    Keiji and Kazuko Nishio

  • Our hearts hurt for you and your family in the loss of your son, Ryan, I remember your family when you lived in Lewistown, and your sweet little boys who my sons, Mark & David Snapp played with in the neighborhood. Please know that the love and prayers of family and friends, even from the past and from afar, are being offered for your comfort today.

  • Dearest Sheila, Dave, and Kyle and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss of such a wonderful son, Ryan. We remember Ryan and Kyle playing with Quinn as neighbors in Lewistown. He sure turned into a wonderful young man and son and brother. You two did a wonderful job raising him. Our hearts ache for your loss. Prayers for you all and comfort sent to you all. Love, Gloria and Doug Morris and family.

  • Dave and Sheila,
    We are so sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. A beautiful video.
    Obviously you have raised an amazing young man. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Mike and Robin

  • Jhona and I are very very sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to Dave Garner and his family.

  • Garner family, Words can’t even begin to describe how sorry I am for you loss. Ryan was such a beautiful man inside and out. He would always come to the office with a smile on his face and have such an amazing , uplifting spirit. I pray God wraps his arms around you and gets you all through this heartbreaking time. Heaven has gained an incredible Angel.. God Bless

    Tabitha Dalenberg (Get Well Center)

  • Dave, Sheila, Kyle & Family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your son Ryan. When you moved away from the Indian Lake area, we lost contact with you and the boys. Our son Marc (Kyle’s old friend) was contacted by Aubrey Miller Snapp. The video brought back many good memories. He was a very well respected man. Our sincere sympathy and prayers are being sent your way and hope you find comfort in the days ahead.

  • Garner family, I am so sorry for your loss of Ryan. I remember Ryan just as you described “Mr. Personality”, Ryan and I were the same age and Kyle and my older brother are the same age (Brooks Miller). I can still remember being in the second grade and having our pet show and Ryan bringing his pet iguana. When tour family moves away we lost touch, but thought of you and your family often. Ryan had an energy that was just so fun and positive and from what I have read he turned out to be one outstanding man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • A strong and honorable man. Condolences and prayers.
    Sgt.Richard BeVier (ret)
    Ontario Police

  • There are no words that will comfort you, only God can do that. Just know that I am thinking of you and praying that you will have the strength for the days ahead. Sincerely, Sherry Hofacre

  • Even though you moved from the Indian Lake area years ago, we remember Ryan being such a sweet young boy in kindergarten and/or first grade at Huntsville Elementary. He was a joy to have in our home as a playmate and friend to our son Brian Glock. We pray you find some peace in knowing you raised a fine young man, who proved strength, courage and success in his short life here with you.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Mike and Kim Glock
    Huntsville, OH

  • Dave & Sheila, So sorry for your loss, we will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • Dear Garner Family : You have my condolences in the loss of your son, Ryan. For a young man, he left quite a legacy for you to be proud of. It was my loss for never having met him. A part of him will be with you always & can never be taken away. As a preacher once said, “Fridays here, but Sundays coming”.

  • There are no words to describe the void or the feelings of loss but I hope the years of memories with such an obviously wonderful person help salve the wounds you carry today and every day. Gentle hugs for comfort.

    Beth Pierpont Harris

  • Dave, Sheila, Kyle, Erica and family,
    Our thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. Praying God gives you strength to help you through the darkest of days. Hang on to all of the wonderful memories and be proud of all of Ryan’s accomplishments in his short life. Our condolences are with you all.
    Roy, Cindy, Nathan and Katie

  • Dear Sheila, Dave, Kyle and Family,
    This is late because I just heard this news. I am Luke Scasny’s mom. I am so sorry for your loss. Luke loved being with your family so much as the boys grew up and though he was Kyle’s buddy he often spoke of Ryan too – and all of the fun they had together. You are blessed to have so many wonderful memories of Ryan and his goodness will live on through those his life touched. My love and prayers are with you all at this time. Feel free to reach out to me if you need someone to talk with. I am here.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. No parent should have to bury a child believe me I know. If there is any thing I can do for you or just talk please let me know. I would love your address so I can send a card. God bless you David and sheila