Ryan Walter Williams

November 28, 1966 ‒ November 20, 2020

Shelby, Ohio

Ryan Walter Williams, age 53, was born on November 28, 1966 to Vaughn and Linda Williams in Marion, OH. Ryan passed away on November 20, 2020 following a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his parents, his daughter and the light of his life, Beverly Ann (“Annie”) Williams, his sister Laura (Jon) Eckhardt and nephew, Max Eckhardt. He is also survived by his special friend, Bobbi Filliater, and her family whom he adored.

Ryan was a 1985 graduate of Marion Harding High School where he participated in football, track, orchestra, and jazz band. A gifted musician, Ryan also played the electric bass in the Miami University Jazz band. Ryan graduated with a degree in marketing from Miami University in 1989. He subsequently worked for various flooring and construction suppliers. Most recently, he was employed by Lowes in Mansfield.

Ryan achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a high school student and embraced a love of service, utilizing the skills he learned in scouting throughout his life. He was extremely knowledgeable about music and enjoyed connecting with others through this art form, especially with Annie. Ryan also enthusiastically participated in musical theater when he was younger.  As an adult, he enjoyed motorcycles and watching Nascar races. Ryan will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and co-workers.

Graveside services for Ryan will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 10:00am in the Marion Cemetery with the Reverend Mark Schuring officiating. Masks will be required.

Those wishing to express sympathy are encouraged to make a donation to the American Heart Association or Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Snyder Funeral Home, Denzer Chapel is honored to be serving the Williams family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com




  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved son, brother and father. May your memories bring comfort during these difficult times.

  • Biggie –
    I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. I will pray that Ryan’s soul will be delivered to God’s grace.

    Your good friend,

  • Biggie:
    I am sorry to hear of your sons passing. May God bless you and your family as you go forward.

    Jeff Reynolds

  • Dear Williams family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan was a sparkling musician and his attitude of positivity was contagious. At HHS, Rainbow and the Palace, Ryan was always a focal point in performance. I certainly mourn your loss and pray for your peace in the Lord
    George Schram

  • I am heartbroken to hear of the loss of Ryan. He was an important part of my life when we were growing up. He was simply one of a kind. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, especially to Vaughn and Linda who were such great friends to my parents. Much love to you all.

  • Our condolences to be with all family & relatives.
    We too have experienced this tragedy with our son & know the heartbreak you are enduring. Our prayers will be with all & pray with time the loss will be endured. We met with Ryan on several occasions & recognized him as an outstanding, kind & caring gentleman. God’s speed and pace be with Ryan.
    Tom & Donna Kimmerle

  • Dear Vaughn and Linda,
    My heart is heavy for you and your family. I can remember the little boys running around at our wonderful Harding holiday parties. Seems like yesterday. He was such a wonderful musician and gentleman. Know that I am thinking about all of you with much fondness and sympathy.

  • I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Ryan. I cannot imagine my middle school and high school years without his friendship. All the memories we made in Chateau together are precious to me. I am happy we shared those times and he will always have a special place in my heart.

    God bless the Williams family.

    Love and condolences,
    Greg Harville

  • Amy and I are so sorry to hear this news. Ryan was truly a good guy. Super talented as a musician and an athlete. I will never forget our days together watching the Harding games from the sidelines our senior year. We both had season ending knee injuries and that experience helped our friendship grow. Prayers to his entire family.

    Richard and Amy (Green) Lewis

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Ryan dated my sister Bobbie and I know she is heartbroken as you and your family are.
    Chris and Nikki Weingartner

  • Vaughn,Linda , Annie and family, words cannot express how very sorry I am for your loss. Sincere thoughts for all of you at this very sad time and in the coming days. Joyce Barnes

  • My condolences are with his family. I am in disbelief and saddened to hear that Ryan has passed away. I remember him from Marion City Schools as well as he being a fellow classmate at Miami University. Always pleasant and kind to me, I remember him well from music classes both chorus and orchestra. I remember studying with him at Marion Public Library. When he found out I went to Miami U as well, he invited me over to his dorm and I remember talking and enjoying his company. I also dated one of his fellow fraternity brothers of Theta Chi at Miami University. Its truly a shame that his daughter is without her father, his parents are without their oldest child, and that all of us remember him fondly and wish we had had an opportunity to speak with him and see him again here. Thoughts & prayers to his family as I am sure Ryan has gained his wings and will be with the Lord as he had fulfilled a good life. Amen.

  • I was saddened to hear of the loss of Ryan. Wonderful memories with Ryan and his family back in grade school through high school. Thoughts and prayers to the Williams family.

  • Dear Vaugh, Linda, Laura and all,

    Denise and I are deeply saddened by the news of Ryan’s sudden passing. He was a wonderful musician and athlete, fun to have in class, and fun to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now at this difficult time.

    Gary and Denise Iams

  • Linda and Vaughn,
    We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Mike and Joyce

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing, I have so many memories of making music with him at Harding! My prayers are with his family.

  • Vaughn, Linda, Annie, Laura, Jon, Max, We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ryan. He was a vibrant young man who was kind to each in our family. We will miss his infectious personality and cherish special conversations with him. He possessed a caring and generous heart toward each of us. We are so very sorry. Our love to each, Marge, (Mom, Grammy)

  • Vaughn, Linda, Laura, Annie, Max and Jon: My heart is breaking with the news about Ryan. I really don’t have words. Ryan has always had a special place in my heart! I fondly remember singing around the piano together, his ornery grin and that twinkle in his eye whenever he smiled. Prayers for comfort during these deeply sad times. All my Love, Amy (Pinnick)

  • Our heartfelt sympathy go out to Linda and Vaughn on the loss of their son. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

  • Biggie,

    I’m so very sorry to learn of your of your son’s sudden passing and extend to you and your loved ones my deepest condolences.

    Tom “Tux” Tuxill

  • My deepest condolences to the family of Ryan. Ryan was a man that if you knew him he was a friend to you. I remember in High School, singing and his sports. He was great at both. I didn’t meet him until our freshman year, at the old freshman building. He will be sadly missed by family and friends. Thought and prayers are with you in your time of loss.

  • Linda and Vaughn, I am saddened to hear about Ryan.Many memories of him growing up come to mind.A special young man,gone way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you .

  • Vaughn, Linda, and Laura,
    We are so sorry to hear the news about Ryan. We both have fond memories of watching him grow into a fine young man, athlete, and musician.
    May you know God’s perfect peace during these difficult times of grieving. Our love and prayers are with you all.

    Gary and Joanie

    • Thank you guys
      This very difficult
      He was a good guy

      We have also thought of you so often during your duress. But we must let God manage our grief
      And heartache


  • Vaughn and Linda,
    So sorry to hear about loss. You have our prayers at this time of grief. May God fill your void. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOIR FAMILY.

  • Dear Laura, Vaughn and Linda,
    I was so sorry to hear about Ryan’s passing. Many fond memories of spending time with your family on Chateau Ridge when I was little. I haven’t seen Ryan for years and can not believe how much he looks like his dad in this picture. Sending love and prayers to all of you.

  • I was so sad to hear about the loss of Ryan. My heart goes out to the family and friends. The chateau ridge gang were great times and memories..Not only were they great for the kids but parents as well. Vaughn and Linda God bless your family and much love and sympathy

  • It is unthinkable to lose a son. My family followed Ryan through the early years.My late wife as a teacher and my daughter as his class mate. He was a great example from a great family. Our most sincere condolences to Linda and Vaughn. May the storehouse of memories of Ryan be a comfort and a reminder of his gifts. May God rest his soul and his memory in all our hearts. Mollie and Larry Geissler

  • We were so saddened to hear about the loss of your son. May God give you peace during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.
    Marty & Shari Medley

  • Vaughn, Linda, and Laura:
    I am extremely sorry to hear about Ryan. No parent expects to endure the grief of losing a child. I always thought he looked so much like his dad. I’m sure dad and your mom greeted him with open arms. John and I send you our sincere sympathy. Love you, Becky

  • Dear Vaughn and Linda,
    We send our love and sympathy as you mourn the loss of your beloved son, Ryan. We are so sorry not to be with you on Saturday as you celebrate his life and Laura expresses how much he meant to you all, Annie and so many others. We are so grateful for Jon and Laura’s decision to make Bryan their home and the truly remarkable way they have embraced our community. We love them like our own children and they and Max have truly enriched our lives. You raised two beautiful children and they have both made the world a better place with their kind and caring hearts! Our love and prayers, Julie and George Brown

  • The loss of a loved one leaves an empty place that cannot be filled. May you find comfort in celebrating his life and the time you had with him. As I was going through memorabilia the other day, I ran across his picture in an old Herald. The next day I heard he was gone. So sad. Thinking of all of the family and praying for you at this time. Angela Parks

  • Linda, Vaughn Annie, Laura and family, we are so very sorry about the unexpected loss of Ryan. We watched him grow up and I always loved talking to him about music, and was thankful for his talent he shared with us in rainbow. We pray for peace and comfort in your grieving. Bless you all.

  • Vaughn, Linda and Family,
    My sincere condolences for your loss. May God sustain you with your treasured memories. Prayers for peace.

  • Dear Linda, Vaughan and Laura,

    Holding you all with prayers and hugs during this incredibly difficult time. While I didn’t know Ryan, all three of me spoke of him often with love and laughter. I knew he was a wonderful person and loved so much. May you find strength in the Lord at this time. Hold your memories close to your heart and rejoice you have them.

    With much love,
    Lucinda Houck
    And hubby, Larry Cunningham

  • Dear Vaughn, Linda, and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of strength and comfort. May wonderful memories get you through the days ahead.
    Cathy Copeland

  • Dear Vaughn, Linda and Family,

    While I didn’t know Ryan personally, Millie often talked about him and Laura on many occasions. It was apparent from her stories and these many condolences that he was a wonderful and much loved individual. I’m sure this is a most difficult time for you. You’re in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead. Hugs

  • I am deeply saddened by this terrible loss in your family. Ryan was a great musician and a kind-polite student, who also had a fun sense of humor. It was an honor to work with him at Marion Harding High School where my family and I were blessed beyond measure not only by him but also by his entire family. May you find peace through God’s love during this awkward time and in the days ahead. RIP Ryan. 🙏

    Stephen W. Ausmann

  • Vaughn and Linda,
    We cannot imagine the heartbreak of losing a son, especially so suddenly and at such a young age. We send our sincere condolences as you mourn this talented, special young man, and pray that the memories shared by family and friends wrap around you and offer comfort in the days ahead.

  • Dearest Williams Family,
    My heart is still breaking after hearing the news about Ryan. I want to express my deepest condolences to each of you, I only had the pleasure of knowing Ryan for about 2 1/2 years but during that time we became very close and he talked about all of you so often, especially Annie… He was so very proud of her, you could just hear the love in his voice whenever he mentioned her. Ryan was a kind hearted wonderful man and I can’t even express how much I’m going to miss him. I’m so very sorry for your loss and I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers, may God give you comfort during your time of need.

    Rest in peace my love.

  • We knew Ryan through Annie. He was always there for her and entertained her friends and cheered for all of the girls at all of the sporting events! Nice loud voice! 🙂 He was so pleasant and it was clear his admiration for his daughter. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Annie and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Can’t imagine how hard this is for you. Hurts so much to lose a parent and I wish we could do something to make you feel better. Please know we are thinking of you and sending you a big hug. I learned so much about your dad that I didn’t know. He was quite talented. May you,in time passing,find some kind of peace with God’s help and the support of your loved ones. Oh and I didn’t know it was you who was serving at Rachel’s wedding. Thanks for all your hard work that night.
    Cheryl Gies and Family

  • Vaughn, Linda, Annie, Jon, Laura, & Max
    Your dad was so proud of you and loved you so much. I hope this comforts you as you deal with the loss of your dad.
    Vaughn & Linda
    Ryan was so enriched to have you as parents. You where always there to support you son through his journey. I am truly sorry for the loss of your adored son.
    Jon, Linda, & Max
    So sorry for the loss of your brother. I know you where very close growing up and always there to help as an adult.
    It sounds like you are following your uncles legacy in music. Remember your Uncle in your melodies.

    May all your hearts heal in Gods speed as everyone deals with their own grief.
    Sending my love to his family and friends,

  • Dear Williams family,
    Joan and I are so sad for your loss. Ryan was neat young man and so talented. The loss of
    a young one with so much to give is devastating. Our condolences and prayers will be with
    you. May God be with you in this troubled time. John and Joan Steward

  • We knew him and yet we did not. Time and distance took there toll. We want you to know that Ryan was at the top of our prayer list for the past few years. Now we will pray for his soul. We pray that he willmeet with the peace of God. Ryan you will be remembered as a great nephew.
    Love. Vaughn and Linda

  • Vaughn,Linda,Annie,Laura, John, and Max,
    So sorry for the loss of Ryan. I will always remember our family vacations at Crystal Lake each summer. Ryan always made us laugh so much when we were kids.
    May the memories of Ryan and the love of family give all of you strength in the days ahead.
    Love, Gala

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