LAPLANTE Ryan Douglas Ryan Douglas LaPlante, 34 years, of Toledo, OH passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012, in his home. The son of Douglas and Diane (Rometski) LaPlante he was born August 12, 1977, in Toledo. Ryan was a 1995 graduate of Whitmer High School. He was a member of the University of Michigan Youth Jazz Ensemble, attended Interlochen summer program and was a member of the All Ohio State Fair Band. He then attended The University of Toledo studying Music Education. Ryan gave lessons at Bedford High School while in college. He also attended The University of North Texas. Ryan was an accomplished saxophone player along with instruments varying from the flugelhorn to guitar. Ryan was a member of a local band playing in local bars including Murphy's, Rusty's and the Village Idiot, before moving to Texas and playing in clubs throughout Dallas and Austin. He traveled to China, Japan, Indonesia, Mongolia and Korea. Ryan celebrated his 30th birthday along with his sister and brother-in-law with a trip to the Newport Jazz Fest in RI to see some of his all time favorites. He was a big Michigan fan. Ryan is survived by his loving parents, Doug and Diane; sister, Laura (Sal) Bhimji; nephew, Evan; grandparents, Frank and Gloria Rometski, Angela LaPlante and girlfriend, Maria Picarski. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lionel LaPlante, and uncle, Jeff LaPlante. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 9, 2012, from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. in Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Avenue Temperance, MI. The Funeral Mass will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Erie, MI where he will lie in state after 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Joseph's Church. Online Condolences may be shared at bedfordfuneralchapel.com
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Bedford Funeral Chapel
8300 Lewis Avenue Temperance, MI 48182
Published in Toledo Blade on Aug. 9, 2012