Ryan Edward CARTER

Ryan Edward Carter

BOODY, IL - Ryan Edward Carter, 12, passed away at 10:17 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital.

A service to celebrate Ryan's life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Blue Mound. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. The family requests casual attire for Ryan's services.

Ryan's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His beautiful smile could melt the hearts of those around him and though he never spoke a word, his voice and thoughts could always be heard.

Although Ryan's illness made him appear frail, he possessed strength, perseverance, and an ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. With his courage he led us to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. He could spend hours rocking in his favorite chair while cuddling close to those he loved so much. And his laughter could just lift your spirit to amazing heights.

With Ryan's passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him every day, especially his winning smile, he will forever remain in our hearts. Through his teachings about life, we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been a privilege to be his family.

Ryan leaves behind many wonderful caregivers who provided love and support that enhanced his quality of life. Ryan's love extends to his wonderful doctors, Dr. Samir Patel, Dr. Jeff Leonard, Dr. John Zempel, Dyan Cooper. There have been so many many members of the medical community along our journey, too numerous to mention by name, that have provided Ryan with love and dignity. Our profound thanks to all of them.

Surviving are his loving parents, Russell and Tina (Foster) Carter; his amazing brother, Russell Jr. of Boody, Ill.; grandparents, Edward and Margaret Foster of Long Creek, Ill; grandmother, Judy K. Carter of Assumption, Ill.; grandfather and step grandmother, Harold and Judith L. Carter of Dalton City, Ill.; Uncle Edward Foster Jr. and Aunt Leslie Foster of Mt. Zion, Ill.; Uncle John Foster of Decatur, Ill; Uncle Richard Carter and Aunt Kris Carter of Decatur, Ill.; Uncle Tim Carter of Mattoon, Ill.; Aunt Theresa Manuel of Assumption, Ill.; Aunt Stacy of Divernon, Ill.; cousins: Emily, Jake, Amanda, Jonathon, Reese, Dalton, and Dylan; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is accepted into heaven into the arms of great -grandparents, and great-aunts and great-uncles.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.

Published in The State Journal-Register on Feb. 5, 2014