Ryan C. Hurst
1983 - 2019
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Ryan C. Hurst 1983 - 2019
DEERFIELD - Ryan C. Hurst, 35, passed away on February 20, 2019, unexpectedly and alone with no family by his side. He was found dead in a hotel room; another victim of an opioid overdose. His addiction was ruthless and insatiable. Heroin didn't love Ryan, it controlled him; it owned him. It skewed his reality and numbed his heart. It mocked his every attempt to be free, reeling him in like a fish…hooked by the hollow point of a disposable needle.
With the loss of Ryan, come tears and the hard reality…life is messy. No family is perfect. We all try to hide or disguise our imperfections and minimize our mistakes. While our family stood in faith that Ryan would one day be clean and drug-free, we now cling to the promise of hope found only in Jesus Christ and His peace that passes all understanding. We love Ryan, but to offer him any chance for hope and restoration, we had to afford him the opportunity to suffer the pain and consequences of his own destructive choices. Though our hearts are heavy and mourn our loss, we choose to celebrate Ryan's freedom in the arms of a compassionate God.
Ryan is survived by his mother, Kayci (Henry) Visalli; brothers, Matthew (Amy) Hatton and Joshua (Meghan) Visalli; sisters, Heather Hurst and Heather (Jay) Meenan. He leaves his two trophies: his son, Ethan Hurst (and Ethan's mother, Lisa Calhoun) and his daughter, Kristen Brown. Ryan was predeceased by his father, Randy.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4 p. m. at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will be on Monday at 10 a. m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, you may visit the GoFundMe page, Ryan Hurst's Fight.
Messages of sympathy at www.mmknfd.com .

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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2019.
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March 10, 2019
Kayci and Hank,
I can't image the pain you are going through right now. The process of grief is so individual but throw in drug addiction and overdose and this makes it so much harder. Although your son is gone he has left a legacy of love with you. Thank you for your courage and love to share his story and challenges. Look at the impact it is making already. ❤
Amy Myers
March 3, 2019
From my family to yours.. prayers
March 1, 2019
I did not know Ryan. It was suggested that I read the obituary. My friend knew I'd be moved. I'm a recovering addict originally from the Utica area. I'm heartbroken from reading this. It's directness, and reality is appropriate. I'm sorry he died this way. I'm sorry you had to experience the powerless of loving someone who was so terribly lost. Know you did your best. Peace to you all.
Gretchen Hagenbuch
March 1, 2019
To the Hurst Family,
My heart is with your whole family. I two have a son who is an addict. God be with you all and your son is at piece now.
February 28, 2019
May his soul Rest In Peace.
February 27, 2019
My Sympathy to friends of Ryan. I prayed for comfort to all those who grieve his loss. But the Lord through Christ Jesus gives us hope for the future;which is soon to come. Act 24:15)
February 25, 2019
May you reach Heaven!
Family ,
I'm so very sorry.
I come from an addicted family and the only way to fight off the demons is with Jesus Christ!
Not easy even to this Day, but surrendering to Jesus Christ we have hope.
Praying for you during this difficult time of grieving .
Credit for your courage with honesty.
Let's not take the legal drug Acohol for granted either.
Countless lives and families destroyed by The Devil in a Bottle!

Peace , Love & Hope!
February 25, 2019
Ryan, May God Bless your Soul and make it to his Kingdom!

February 25, 2019
I never met you or your family yet I shed a tear for you!
Thank you for the honesty and courage in your message, no doubt it was not easy to do.
Too long have the victims of drugs have been swept "under the rug"!
Please find comfort in that He is at peace and is whole in the presence of our Creator and always remember the good times when you think of Him.
Remember the Love.
Thomas M
February 25, 2019
My heartfelt sympathy to the family. May God grant you strength during this difficult time.
February 25, 2019
Thank you so much for telling probably the worst story that ever has to be told. Drugs in our society are far to available for everyone, but to be forced to go through the pain and anguish of watching someone you love taken from you is unimaginable. May Gods blessings be with your family and hopefully, your message hits home and saves a life!
Don Peterson
February 25, 2019
I am deeply sorry that this family has had to go through this. Sometimes love does not conquer all my family has seen the destruction that this demon can do. I thank this family for taking the step that they have chosen and writing their child's obituary. It has touched me deeply and I pray that it will reach an addict, touch one family. You are not alone in this battle my prayers thoughts and sincere gratitude for being honest and forthcoming for doing that you have just beat the demon.
Shirley Rockwell
February 24, 2019
To the loving family of Ryan Hurst,
This obituary was so real and powerful.It touched my heart. May God comfort you all with His peace and everlasting arms.
February 24, 2019
February 24, 2019
May God bless you all and find comfort with your pleasant memories. Thank you for providing a real and true look at the hard facts of what these terrible addictions do to those we love. My heart breaks for you all. I pray Ryan has now found peace and comfort with our Lord. Amen
Robin Collins
February 23, 2019
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February 23, 2019
I did not know your Ryan but also commend you for sharing your grief over another life lost to a drug addition. I lost my son to suicide and know the pain and anguish you are feeling. Bless you all, prayers to everyone. Joyce Burke
Beverly Burke
February 23, 2019
I did not know Ryan but commend your family for writing his obituary and allowing others to see what addiction can do. I cannot imagine the pain that all of you have gone through. Sadly he is at peace but leaves a trail of memories both good and bad.My heartfelt condolences.
Marie Viti
February 23, 2019
Eternal rest grant unto him, and comfort and consolation to his family. Thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss.

Words well spoken in his obituary; may those words penetrate the hearts of others who suffer as he did, and possibly spare someone the same fate.
February 23, 2019
I felt so sad when I read Ryan's obit. My family lost two love ones to this awful disease. So very sorry for you all.
Darlene Ouimette
February 22, 2019
I didn't know Ryan but offer your family my deepest condolences. Addiction is a relentless beast. May he Rest In Peace.
Lori Rayner
February 22, 2019
Kayci, Hank and Family

We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy and love at this difficult time.. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark, Pauline Hahn and Family
February 22, 2019
To the family,

My heartfelt condolences.
Maria DiNigro
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