Ryan S. Chanley

February 17, 1976 ‒ June 19, 2016

Sunbury, Ohio

Ryan Shawn Chanley, age 40 of Sunbury, died Sunday afternoon June 19, 2016 at the Kobacker House with his family at his side.

He was born on February 17, 1976 in Marysville, Ohio. He was a US Postal Carrier at the Delaware Office and a more recent supervisor at the Westerville McCorkle Road Office. He was a steward in the US Postal/Carrier Union and had worked fourteen years for the post office. Prior to that he was in the US Army Infantry and served for four years.

Ryan was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and supported his wife in her charitable works with the Columbus Chrome Divas whose mission was to find a cure for breast cancer. Ryan will be remembered for his strong support of his fellow workers, his sense of outrageous humor and his love of family, home and country.

Ryan is survived by his wife: Melinda (Archer) Chanley; son: Gage Alexander Chanley; mother: Barbara (Mark) Spangler; brother: Heith Aaron Chanley; step-siblings: Steven (Bobbie Ann) Spangler, Philip Spangler, Colleen Spangler; mother-in-law: Sybille Hall; brother-in-law: Michael (Tiffany) Hall and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He would want mentioned that he had many friends that were his family with a special mention of Larry (Diane) Dean and family of Marysville and his best friend Chad Dean, a lifetime of friendship turned them into brothers.

Preceded in death by grandparents: Cletus and Nellie Todd of Marysville.

Friends may call Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will immediately follow at 7 p.m. with Military Honors following the service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to https://mealtrain.com/494vz7.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chanley family and condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • Ryan’s smile will be greatly missed. He was such a sweet man and well loved by all his mail customers. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  • We will miss seeing Ryan’s smiling face at Delaware Creative Housing. We looked forward to seeing him each day with our mail. We were sad when he left to go to Westerville and were hoping he would return to Delaware. Such a gentle giant!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • My sincere condolences to the Chanley family. Ryan was our mailman for several years in Delaware. He always had a smile on his face and a hello if we were out. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I will never make,peanut butter blossom cookies. ( I would make sure he got some ) And not think of you.. You my friend will be greatly missed

  • Ryan we will miss u, gone too soon. Melissa we r so deeply sorry for your lose Ryan was a great man. We will pray for you and your son.

  • Our sincerest sympathy goes out to you Melinda (Lotus) You, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    ~Chrome Divas Louisville, Ky. Chapter

  • Our hearts are saddened by the passing of a great man . . . . dad, husband, brother, and son. Ryan always had a smile for everyone and we enjoyed the opportunities we got to spend time with him. Love, hugs, and prayers.

  • Sending our deepest sympathies to Melinda (Lotus), Gage and the family. You are in our thoughts and our heartfelt prayers.

    ~ MLH&R
    Sisters of the Xenia Chrome Divas

  • Wishing both you and Gage peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    All my love,

  • Melinda,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you, Gage, and your family.


  • Ryan was the most caring fun loving guy I knew and touched many lives. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family thru this time.

  • Ryan was a great friend. Always had ur back. I will definitely miss his smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed by many.

  • My heart breaks for Melinda, Gage, Aunt Barb and cousin Heith and the rest of the family. Ryan was my cousin and a ray of sunshine. He was the kindest person I have ever known. Thank you Ryan for being a part of my life!

  • May you find comfort & peace in your hearts ! Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire family!! So sorry for your loss!!

  • My heart is broken for Melinda, Gage, and Barb. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers as well for the rest of the family. My love for Ryan will always be strong, he was so kind, caring, and such a wonderful man. My favorite memory of him would be his wedding day marrying the lady (my niece) of his dreams. The look of that deep love they both shared that day was beyond measurable. I was lucky he ask me to be a part of it, I will cherish that the rest of my life…
    All Of My Love, Aunt Patty

  • I am so sorry for your loss. He will be deeply missed. I remember talking to him in school always nice and talked and helped people out.

  • Barb,
    We fondly remember Ryan as a student at Raymond Elementary. What a great young man! Our deepest sympathies to you and his family. We will lift you up in our prayers.
    Judy and Duane VanDuzen

  • Melinda,
    My heart is with you and Gage. Ryan is a wonderful man, the best mailman in the world (per Ryan), great father and husband. I will never forget the laughs shared over hot chocolate or snowball fights in the Winter. We shared many rubber band fights. He always treated my family as his own. He will greatly be missed but never forgotten, always a hero is he. May God bring you comfort in your time of sadness.