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Of Westminster, 23. Beloved son of Kevin M. and Elaine (Skorko) Jones of 127 State Road West, was killed in action by enemy fire on May 2, 2007, in Iraq while leading a mission. He leaves behind and is so missed by his loving and devoted parents Kevin M. Jones and Elaine (Skorko) Jones, his great aunts Helen Skorko of Winchendon, Evelyn Chicoine of Manchester, N.H., his godmother Lois Progen of Fitchburg, his adopted grandmother Germaine Savoie of Gardner, 2nd cousins and close family members Eileen and John Goguen of Westminster, Janice LeClair of Westminster, and adopted aunts and uncle Joan and Norman Gates of Orange and Gail Moynihan of Leominster, Helen Metcalf of Lunenburg all who love and supported him throughout his life. The love of his life for 6 years (whom he met his first year at WPI) Katie Christopher, daughter of Bill and Sharon Christopher of Aurora Colorado, his best friends Brian Wuoti of Westminster, whom he called his brother, and Nick Fortune of Leominster, his High School Friend and Football Co-Captain, at Monty Tech. Ryan was born on September 13, 1983 in Worcester Massachusetts. He attended Westminster Elementary School, Overlook Middle School and was a 2001 graduate of Montachusett Regional Technical High School. He was a Co-Captain of the Football Team, the president of the National Honors Society, a Recipient of the Purple and Gold Award for most outstanding male student. Ryan was also the recipient of the US Army ROTC Scholar Ship Award and 7 other local Scholarships. Ryan was employed at the Westminster Country Club, the Wachusett Ski Area, and McNallys Restaurant throughout High School and College. He loved movies, his Simpsons collection, cooking, golf, snow boarding and excelled in all of them. Ryan was a 2005 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester with Honors. He received a B.S. Degree in Engineering, Ryan was the recipient of the WPI 1879 Award for most outstanding sufficiency in 2004. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on May 2, 2005 and received the Army Medal of Achievement in 2005. Ryan was commissioned 1st Lieutenant in November 2006. He was stationed at Fort Riley Kansas, until being deployed to Baghdad, Iraq on February 4th, where he was a Platoon Leader. He was loved and respected by all of his men. Ryan touched the hearts of everyone he met. His warm smile and shining personality made him the special person he was. His memory will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him. He was truly our American Hero! A Funeral with Full Military Honors will be held on Saturday May 12, 2007 with a Mass at 11:00 A.M. in the Holy Spirit Church, 50 Lovewell Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Ellis and Knower Roads, Westminster, MA 01473. Calling hours will be on Friday, May 11, 2007 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, (www.masciarelli familyfuneralhomes.net), 123 Main Street, WESTMINSTER, MA 01473. Ryans family requests that NO Flowers be sent, and Memorial Contributions be made to the LT. Ryan Patrick Jones, ROTC Memorial Fund, c/o Monty Tech, 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Published in Boston Globe on May 9, 2007.
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September 1, 2020
Miss you friend. My heart hurts when I think about your life that was cut so short, when you still had so much life to live and experience.
Trisha Meyer
Served In Military Together
July 13, 2020
AS each year passes WE miss you more..you are in the hearts and on the minds of so many who loved you. You picture remains at our Front door so that all who come here are greeted by that amazing smile.
Your foundation continues to grow, with each year and over 125 scholarships given and over $350,000-. given back to help military organizations, veterans, seniors, and local deserving people needing assistance , You would have done the same, we are just the carrying
out your wishes to deo good things (in your memory,) and we will continue to honor you for as long as we are able. Each day I pray for you and ask GOD to allow you to be a guardian Angel to watch out for all those you loved and who loved you- and I think my wish has been granted! Love you Sonny WE Miss you MOM

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elaine jones
July 12, 2020
I miss you every day. Love you
Joseph Birchmeier
May 8, 2018
Ryan you are a special angel to us. Tommy remembers things about seeing you and growing up near you. It breaks my heart that your family has had to be without you. Many miss your presence but your spirit lives on. It is with honor that I will share your sacrifice with our children so they will know the importance of our soldiers who protect our democracy and serve to bring peace in the world. It's what you and so many of our relatives before you did for us all. You deserve peace!
Donna & Thomas Gates
May 8, 2018
Heaven keeps you but my heart keeps you closer, you are always and forever alive in my eyes
Cari-Ann Miller
May 6, 2018
Missing you on this the 11th year since we lost you.... feels like yesterday, feels like a life time ago, Remembering your kind heart, your big never ending smile, your silliness and your loving caring ways.. for life. for every one you came in contact with.
We spent May 2 in the High mountains of Vermont , up there, where we could feel as close to you as we could be around new England, remembering your love for the CO mts. and our little mt in "your town" here Mt Wachusett.
We love you we miss you everyday and we ask God to keep you close and let you be the guardian Angel to all whom you loved and who loved you- God Bless you .....
" LOVE YOu SONNY" Mom & Dad
May 6, 2018
elaine jones
May 27, 2017
Amy & Sarah Huntington 5/26/2017
My 11 Month Old Daughter, Sarah And I Ran/Walked 4.14 Miles This Evening In Memory Of 1st Lt. Ryan P. Jones. It Was Our Honor To Do This For You Ryan!!! May You Rest In Peace!! Thank You For Your Service And Sacrifice!!! God Bless You, Your Family And Your Friends. Praying For You All!!
Amy Huntington
May 4, 2017
I can't believe it's been so long, but in heaven the years that have went by is a blink of an eye. You are here in spirit watching over us, you are not gone but with us in a different way! Your smile and essence is still very much alive in my heart. Thank you for being you and making our lives brighter each day.
Cari-Ann Miller
May 4, 2017
You made quite an impression on my nephew Jason all of those years ago. You would be quite proud of the wonderful young man he is today. May you always watch over him.
Debbie Hampton
May 3, 2017
I thought of Ryan yesterday. I was on the flightline 10 years ago to see him off as he left Dover AFB for his last trip home. I was there escorting my niece, PFC Katie M. Soenksen, home to Davenport, Iowa. They were both heroes. May he rest in peace.
Col Rose Ramirez
May 3, 2017
missing you
TodaY mAY 2 10 YEARS of missing you, thinking of you smile, you silliness, your kind loving ways, the way you always found good in everyone, your love of family, friends and everyone you came in contact with. God knows how good you were and that you would spread that goodness to the ends of the earth, and you have, and still do through your foundation. There will never be another you. God made only one and he blessed me to be your mom.
On Sunday we had a mass for you and then another today, then we visited your grave and placed flowers and American flags there because you loved your country , the men that served with you, and the town in which you called HOME.
My heart is still broken from loosing you and I know it will never heal but I go on because dad and I deliver your message of kindness and love and giving through your foundation. You are my reason to be here.I will love you forever RYAN..... MOM
elaine Jones
May 3, 2017
I still think of u in random and hope ur family is doing well and has found peace. I can't believe it has been ten years since we said our good-byes. I will always thank you for ur service. My love always to ur family.
Andrea L'Ecuyer
May 2, 2017
It's been 10 years since you left us to return to your Heavenly Father. Peace is now with you my brother and peace for our hearts I know that you constantly send. 10 years later I still wear the bracelet. It reminds me of when we were all giving some; and how you were willing to give it all. Rest easy in our Father's presence.
Chaplain Van Ness
May 2, 2017
It's been 10 years, we love and miss you! Not a day went by that we didn't think about you.
The Williamson 'Girls'
Birgit Williamson
May 2, 2017
Sir You are not forgotten And you never will be

1SG (R) Williamson, John, T
John Williamson
May 30, 2016
Thinking of you and your family today Smiley. I had a son in April and named him Ari Ryan, after you and another dear friend. I still wear your bracelet everyday and have for the last nine years. I know you are smiling down on all those who loved you.
Kyle Castro
May 30, 2016
Your light will always shine upon us.
Cari-Ann Miller
May 30, 2016
There are no words. Ryan was one of my best friends in highschool. We graduated in 2001 from Monty Tech, the four years together were full of fun and laughter, he sure could brighten a room. He was full of life and was dedicated to everything and everyone he loved. He gave us all something to remember him by whether it was a joke or memory. He will always have a special place in my life.
Cari-Ann Miller
May 28, 2016
This memorial Day We honor You Ryan as well as those who have served and died to protect this country and its people.
every day to us Ryan is memorial day, as we think about you, miss you , love you forever. you were a bright shine of light in the night sky, a warm ray of sunshine in the day, a breath of fresh air in the summer breeze and you are my hearts beat, may god keep you at his side, b eing a guardian angel to all whom you loved, and who loved you and may you remain forever etched in their minds,and in their hearts as you do for me and your dad. 9 years and the pain of your loss is still fresh, but we shall continue to do good things in your memory and name, as 10 people this year most at your beloved high school monty tech shall receive scholarships and a letter reminding them that it is your desire and kindness that will help them receive help to further their education, and the veterans will receive help through the foundation for their necessary needs. You will sponsor the childrens programs again this year at the library, feed the hungry at two local food banks, make kids aware of fire dangers through the Westminster fire dept school program and make them aware of the dangers of drugs through the Westminster police department, in addition to several other organizations, your donations will make a difference- one person at a time. God bless you ..love you Sonny MOM
elaine jones
December 9, 2015
I Miss you Sir
November 12, 2015
Ryan you were beyond special as you were when you were here and served. Thank you for your sacrafice and you are a true guardian angel above us. Many have missed you that is evident and your name lives on with memories in the hearts of so many! Thank you!
Donna & Tom Gates
November 11, 2015
Miss you buddy, you were the best LT I ever had. Its hard to believe that you've been gone from this world for almost 9 yrs. I'm been out of the army for 5 yrs now and your always on my mind.
Matthew Kimes
November 11, 2015
Ryan, Sundays Mass was said for you and all Veterans who gave their life so that the people could live the lives they do, because of MEN like you who chose to serve their country. We love and miss you so much. We are on our way now to Mt Pleasant where you are now and to the service at the
VFW monument to show our respect to all.
On Thursday the 19th I have organized a committee to help with my "Show your love to a Veteran" project where we will bake APPLE Pies for Veterans" and deliver them to veterans homes. We hope to Bake for all Vet homes in the area- the Card reads "a gift of thanks and love and appreciation from "THE RYAN PATRICK JONES HEART OF A HERO FOUNDATION INC" AND IN DEC YOUR FOUNDATION WILL SPONSOR THE senior XMAS PARTY IN YOUR MEMORY` There are still some ladies there that remember you helping me Ryan when I worked there and you were in High school.
Your memory lives on in this town through the great thing you do for it. You are a guardian Angel for so many. God Bless and keep you in his care... Love You MOMjavascript:void(0);
November 10, 2015
Ryan and family: I never met you but have been greatly impressed by how much you affected and were loved by people who did. I think of you every time I go up into town of Westminster. Walt Haney (Westminster citizen and Forbush trustee)
May 8, 2015
Hey brother, I have worn your name on my wrist for 8 years and I will keep it there until we meet again.

Rest well,

Li-geng YIN
May 6, 2015
Dear Ryan 8 years have passed and not a day goes by that you're not missed , loved, and in our hearts.
Sunday a mass at your church was said in your name, and ironic on May 2, Katie's grand dad Bill whom your loved was burried. So many of the people that knew and you loved have joined you in Heaven. For So many people you are now their guardian angel here on Earth as well.
Sunday is mothers day and I know you will be in my heart ,on my mind, and present in my life....
you will always be SONNY and the part of my heart that has this special place with your name etched on it...May my prayers and those
of all that loved you comfort you an keep you close to God. I miss you more each day....
love "MA MA"
elaine jones
May 4, 2015
Thinking of you Ryan

Love Sheila & Woody
Sheila Martin
May 3, 2015
We still miss you buddy.
Timothy Clauss
March 4, 2015
I was in ROTC with Ryan at WPI years ago. He was such a great guy. We used to stay up playing poker all night. I am going to raise money and wear his name tape at the April 18th Tough Ruck March. Hopefully the family is ok with this. Please feel free to email me regarding this.

Thanks and God bless.
CPT Martin Bottari
November 11, 2013
Sir, it took a long time to say something but I'm at as loss for words. I miss you ans SPC Sinsun very much. You and the Unit meant more than anything and I wish I could change everything but I'm so sorry I can't. All I can do is live for you two and be my very best in honor of you. R.I.P. NEVER FORGOTTEN
Eddie Farrell
October 28, 2013
Ryan - miss you. You were really on my mind today.
Joe Birchmeier
July 9, 2013
to joAnn Thank you for sharing this story with
us I believethat Ryan was there to watch over someone who needed it. Ryan Was "irish " in his heart as his father is Irish and though adopted
always said he was Irish, and had those Irish smiling Eyes and laughter. We believe he is in heaven and is a guardian angel who watches over us and all who love him. Those benches were a gift to the people of this town who showed him love and respected when he died and gave him a candlelight vigil on academy hill a few days after his death in Iraq. We knew he would want this and the benches lining main street have given many people comfort as they have told us. We know that Ryan takes care of all those who have served their country
because we have been told by those who have served, We continue to honor our son through his foundation which for the past 6 years has
done so much for veterans organizations in this area and will continue to do so. We have done 13 shipments in Ryan's Name to soldiers in all branches serving and will continue to help
as long as we are able.
Thank you so much for sharing your story... it proves ones again that Ryan is still doing good
things for people in his town. God Bless. Elaine Jones
July 7, 2013
To the Jones Family,
I felt a strong urge to tell you a story that involves your son. My boyfriend Donnie (who lives in the immediate area) and I were walking on Main St July 3rd 2013. We walked up to the town common , circled around and were heading back home when we stopped on the bench in front of 84ish main st. We sat there for an hour on this beautiful night.We could hear all the sounds of fireworks in the surrounding towns, and just had a great time sitting there. We have spent time with your son before, reading the differnt benches, and Donnie a D.A.V. and member of Law Enforcement has sat and said his own prayers for im. On Friday , July 5th I noticed my Claddagh earring was missing. This was given to me by my mother, a present from Ireland. I NEVER remove these earrings. I called NUMEROUS places that I had been, My job, YMCA, a friends house and no luck. On July 7th Donnie and I were taking a walk again at dusk, we walked past 86ish Main street ( I hadn't thought to look before writing this ) went our favorite walk, and coming back past this particular bench , to BOTH our astonishment,, amazement, and pure elation was my 18k gold claddagh earring. I have many theories about this that all lead back to one thing, Ryan knew I would find this, I still had the one, single earring in my left ear. Even though this may seem small to some, this was in my mind a miracle. THANK YOU RYAN!!!!!
I will always stop and say hello my friend.
Jo Anne Solitro
May 4, 2013
RYAN, God was there at the Post office
when Lt. Gov Murry, Col. Birchmeyer
Brig Gen Smith, Congresswoman Nikki Songas Sen Warren rep, State sen.Flanagan
and a host of postal dignataries paid tribute to you. You showed people how
they should live their lives through
the good things you did during your short period of time(23 years) on earth, now through God and from heaven your kind and generous spirit helps people You were our burst of sunshine
and light in our lives- now you light
the way for so many. I am so proud to
have been chosen to be your mom and
when people go to the post office and see your name and the flag that waves in your honor each day, they will remember a Hero who was from their town and died for them.
I have missed you every day for the past 6 years and will continue to miss you always until we are again together with you- Love you Sonny XOXOXO
May 4, 2013
Just remembering you.
CH Van Ness
May 2, 2013
Wow, just read the story in the Worcester Telegram about Ryan's life. What a great guy. I'm going to tell my kid's about this guy, this HERO. God bless your family.
May 2, 2013
"Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Krista Olson
April 12, 2013
Joe Birchmeier
February 7, 2013
Thinking of you often Ryan. I never had the privilege to meet you, but I feel like it would have been an honor. You have touched so many lives by your actions, words, life, courage and those left behind. A hole in my heart exists for you as it does for your family and those that did meet you. It's obvious your are an exceptional angel sent by God. You were strong, brave and courageous. As a mother myself, I can't begin to feel the loss your parents have aching for you. You were a childhood friend of my husband, Tommy Gates, and you are greatly missed by him. We feel that your spirit lives on in all the lives you touched and all your parents continue to do in your name. They are also remarkable people and you will be forever missed. I have reviewed this memorial site today and often look for new articles online about you and your parents efforts. May you be close to them and shine your angel light upon the path of others.
Donna Gates
December 13, 2012
Today is Ryan's "Special DAY" it was like a 2nd birthday in that This is the day We Went to Worcester 29 years ago and Got him to bring him home to be our son. That was such a special xmas gift to us.
God gave us such a special Gift in him,
we continue to miss him as does every one who knew and loved him. Today we will go to the cemetery and light a special candle that will burn through the night in rememberance of a special person who touched the lives of so many and continues to do so through
the Ryan Patrick Jones Heart of a Hero Foundation, this year with 16 scholarships,gifts to Vfw, 3 veterans homes, family link for soldiers famlies, blue star mothers, the food bank, neighbors helping neighbors ,fire victims,The thayer Symphony,and numerous other organizations including local fire and police and library & his thanksgiving dinner which served over 300 seniors, veterans and the shut ins of our community , Ryan's light shines brighter then ever, just look to heaven and see the brightest of stars and you know he is thinking of each of you and ask each of you only this ....do good things in his honor and God will reward you in your life (as he has done for Kevin and I.)
Yesterday a bill in washington was sent to name the westminster Post office in memory of Ryan. Our mission of rememberance is almost complete.
A bridge named in his honor, 10 granite benches place in various locations 5 being along main st in westminster, and now the Post office.
Our last mission is a small memorial
park on our property when a Bench
A plaque, A clock and an american flag will be placed to Honor Him and all who have served in Iraq & afghanstan so that people do not forget the ultimate sacrafices our young men make so that we can live the lives we do in this country,,God Bless America and God
bless the American Soldiers
Love you forever SONNY..... Mom
elaine Jones
September 25, 2012
I thank this young man for laying down his life for his country. I thank him for a life well-lived. I thank his family for all the good that they have done in his name.
September 21, 2012
Proud to have Served his Country
we miss you "sonny" and think of you everyday. We are getting ready to do
your Free annual Thanksgiving day dinner
to honor seniors and Veterans of your community-lots of prep work to get done with ordering all the food for over 300 people & everything and going around like crazy to make sure it is perfect for you- because it is the highlight of the holiday season for many elderly and veterans. Your memory remains alive in so many because of your Foundation and this is one event
that keeps you alive in the hearts of so many who knew you and those that wished they did. I didn't post here on your Birthday you would have been 29 on
Sept 13 but Dad and I honored you at your grave site sprucing it up with some fall decorations which you always loved and we put up all the scarecrows at the house in your honor as well. You photo posted at the front door as it was since you died, because this home was for you , this town is yours !
Your 10 benches are all over town and the places you loved, which honor your
memory. Children at the library remember you because you fund the children's special reading programs,
17 scholarships were given this year at
various schools in your memory, and veterans received packages overseas and back home welcome gifts at family link
when they return from the war because of your foundation, We will continue to honor you Ryan Every time we pass over your bridge named in your honor, every time we sit on one of your benches,every time some one is fed at the food bank because of your donations. We will never let any one
forget what an amazing gift your were.
We will continue to "give back" to your community in your name because YOU gave back with your life. God keep you by his side until we are together as a family once again- Love you always MOM & Dad
elaine jones
September 20, 2012

I signed out of my unit today and my active duty tour is over. I saw your memorial in Baghdad everyday and said a little prayer each time I walked by it. Miss you buddy and your orange couch with the built in phone. See you on the high ground.

Love- Kyle
Kyle Castro
May 2, 2012
To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Ryan P. Jones:
Always remembering Ryan. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
April 7, 2012
May you have a Blessed Easter with our Lord.
Miss you...Sheila & Woody
Sheila Martin
April 7, 2012
as May 2nd approaches,our hearts still ache to see the
smile that lit so many hearts. You will always be alive in the hearts of those who truly loved you Ryan.
This week I had the honor of
meeting Sgt. Andre Knight who
survived That May 2nd explosion
on your humvee.The loss of both legs,serious injuries, and 29 operations later, he is
doing well and getting married in July. We had an afternoon with him and his mother and we
talked about how you were such an amazing person. He love and
respected you and said you always put your men first looking out for all. I gave him some of my favorite pictures of you and he was really glad to receive them. He said he will never forget you Ryan and misses you, as we all do. It was great closure
for all of us as it will be 5 years May2that God called you
to leave us.
Dad and I will continue to do
all we can to see that your name remains in the hearts of all who knew you and all who
receive the benefits from your
Heart of a Hero Foundation.
To date we have given over $100,000. away (70)
scholarships to Monty tech& westminster area residents,
have supported the Police, Fire
programs for kids, The Library,rotary club,and Lions Family Link so far for canine for Combat Vets-4 dogs sponsored (onesy Hero Jacky &Monty )for the past 5 years.
we will continue to do "Your Work" as your messengers of goodness as long as we are here on earth.If there is some good that we can do in your name...it will be done.
4 of your benches are installed
1 at WPI 1 at Monty Tech, 1 at holy Spirit, I at the Vet Memorial on main st Westminster, The other 6 are st to go in before memorial day and they will line Main st
in Westminster. The Flags fly
at your Bridge over Bacon st andRT 2 to honor you amd a small park is being installed
to honor you and the 3 area men
who have died in Iraq.
If some night, you look up at the sky and see the brightest star "winking" at you, it is
Ryan, letting you know that HE
is watching out for each one of you and holds the memory of your love in his Heart. On May 2 Please pray for Ryan, and all the Men who have given so much so that we may lead the
lives we do in this Country
God Bless.....
(Love you sweet baboo)
Elaine Jones
April 6, 2012
You've been on my mind today, RPJ. Still miss your smile.
Amanda Murphy
November 11, 2011
Today, your on my mind brother. Only if I could back the hands of time and go back to our WPI days in ROTC. We thought we were on top of the world..lol. Rest in peace bro, I we will cross paths again.
CPT Lavon Cuyler
May 23, 2011
Andrea L'Ecuyer
May 8, 2011
Each year that Ryan is gone is not a sad time but a celebration! A celebration that we got to know him and to remember how he touched all our hearts as he did. He is never gone and never forgotten because his memory and essence still lives on through each and everyone who knew him and it was and always will be a pleasure to have know Ryan while he was here on earth.
Cari-Ann Miller
May 5, 2011
You have not been forgotten Ryan.
May 3, 2011
Not a day goes by...
Chaplain Van Ness
May 3, 2011
To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Ryan P. Jones:
Please accept my remembrance of Ryan on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
Peggy Childers
May 2, 2011
Its hard to believe its been 4 years. Time passes so quickly...its a day closer to seeing you again.
May 2, 2011
Duty First Sir, sleep well you are not forgotten.
SSG Stansberry
May 2, 2011
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
carol stone
May 2, 2011
"Forever I will Shine"

Yellow for my comrades' safe return Black for the sacrifices earned
Forever I will shine
In these two ribbons here entwined.
Two ribbons entwined make one.

On this May 2, 2011 we know that Ryan's smile still shines! Hugs, love and prayers from the both of us.
Ann/Greg Bilowz
May 2, 2011
Woody and I are so very proud of the sacrifice you gave, so we can remain free at home in the USA. Bless you.
Sheila Martin
May 2, 2011
A life taken too soon - remembering you this day.
Ray and Chris Grossman
May 2, 2011
Ryan It is the 4th anniversary of you passing and you were remembered at a special mass said for you Sunday. It seems like yesterday that we lived through that awful day and yet it also seems like 1000 years ago. Time does not make it any easier no matter what"they" tell you. There is not a day that goes by that you are not in my heart on my mind and in my prayers, or you dads. We both miss you and your big smile so much and our hearts will never heal from this loss.
You were and always will be our
special son, the love of our lives and you memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew you and loved you.
Our lives go on, but always with a big gap... missing you, that oh so very special smile
that sillyness, those phone calls always beginning with that yell,,, MA_MA...and me answering SONNY!!!!!! and us laughing and calling out ..
Yesterday at church I wore your
favorite PINK shirt...the one I wore on the day We burried you and the one I wear every year on your anniversary.. Pink... your favorite color!!!
(your house...still pink.)to honor you and your memory...and your photo posted at the front door with that Big smile of yours to greet all who come , and you WPI Car still sits in the driveway, as a rememberance of your suprise 18th birthday gift, I know I should get rid of it but it so part of you and I just cant let go ...not yet....should I make a planter out of it, like I said?
Your legacy lives on through
you RyanPatrick Jones HEART OF A HERO Foundation, This year we will meet our goal of giving out ($100,000 so far) . back to the community you loved so much
in scholarships, gifts and donations to the town and its people... You are Truly a Hero here! A state Bridge dedicated to you, and soon the Post office, and benches all over town to honor you. A town Clock Dedicated to your memory.. No one will forget your sacrafice
Ryan... not as long as we are
here anyway. God Bless you
Our special Son, and we give thanks for God allowing us to
be part of your specal life...
Miss you forever..... Mom and Dad!!!
Elaine Jones
May 2, 2011
Always in our prayers....remembering you and Mom and Dad...a Soldier we are proud of today, yesterday and always! GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Sandy/Brian Slack
May 2, 2011
Another year has gone by and I've found myself continuing the fight in Afghanistan taking solace knowing that you are watching over us. You and your family remain in my prayers.
Kyle Castro
May 1, 2011
You have not been forgotten Ryan.
March 20, 2011
Jeff Van Ness
December 17, 2010
It can be so hard to face the new year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
carol stone
December 15, 2010
Still miss you sir, I am out of the army now, but I will not forget the day of your passing for as long as I live. I know that you are now a Soldier in Gods army protecting all who serve.
Matthew Kimes
September 19, 2010
Joe Birchmeier
May 31, 2010
I was thinking about you today. Still hard you know....
CPT Lavon Cuyler
May 3, 2010
I look at the flag you left for us every day and remember you with love and honor.

Sheila & Woody
May 2, 2010
Ryan, You will never be forgotten. It hard to believe three years have gone by that fast. Like you mother said in a post before me, everytime i look at the stars i always see one bright one and right away I think of you and your smile.
Dan Lewis
May 2, 2010
You are not forgotten Ryan
May 2, 2010
Today is the third anniversary of your passing Ryan and you are so missed.
We will go to Mass today which is being
said for you, and Visit the cemetary like we do every sunday after mass, and will place flowers and new flags in
your honor, and my heart will stll ache
as it does every day for the past three years, and I will see that smile
in my mind as I do every day when I wake and I will remind myself that I was the blessed one for 23 years because GOD choose ME to be your MOM, and I will wait for that day that God calls me and allows me to hug you one more time. In the night Sky, I see you in those stars...that one brightest shinning and twinkling like your bright and beautiful blue eyes)always in the same spot when I look up and I know that THAT IS YOU winking at me telling me that you
are with Jesus, who was ever so presentin your life here on earth,and that you are truly at peace now, and I will somehow feel your spirit as I close my eyes and thank God that you are in a better place. But my heart never stops
hurting, though I feel you telling me
not to be so sad. I just cant help myself because You Sonny" were the
light in our lives.
I will continue to honor you each day
and I will keep your memory alive through the good things that your Foundation is doing to help others in our community and the soldiers who are giving so much so that we all can live
the lives we do. And I will never let this town forget you and the sacrafices
you made for them. God Bless you Ryan
Know that your dad andI have you in
our hearts and minds and prayers daily
and our love continues for you still...
Until then.....I will miss and love you
Elaine Jones
May 2, 2010
To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Ryan P. Jones:
Remembering Ryan on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
February 12, 2010
I want to post, but am at a loss of what to say. I still wear, every day, one of the bracelets I had made for us to wear to always remember you. Jonsey, I'll always hold you dear and I start each day, placing your KIA bracelet upon my wrist and your memory in my heart. See you in heaven. CH Van Ness
Jeffrey Van Ness
November 11, 2009
i miss you sir and sunsin i know that you are watching over us as the unit is back in iraq. love your soldier SPC Matthew Kimes
August 2, 2009
I attended the memorial service for Lt Jones at Fort Riley, KS. He worked with my husband whom was unable to attend the service in Iraq because of duty, but wanted to express his condolences. Therefore I stood in his place as many of us military wives do. I know family and friends are very proud of LT but I'd still like to say
May you continue to Rest in Peace.
Yvette Caldwell
July 30, 2009
I am sitting here in shock crying my eyes out
having just found this webpage after doing a search
for "Ryan Jones, CT."
I was his Gifted and Talented teacher when he was in 5th grade in Plainfield.
I was reminiscing by looking at a scrapbook
I had done of the kids and their projects.
There are two pix of him with the broadest smile on his face, such a happy kid as I remember,
always ready with a smile for me :)
What a pleasure and honor to have had him in class and see him excel !
I am devastated to learn that he is
gone from this war stricken planet.
How fortunate we all are to have
been in his presence...
THANK YOU RYAN...and to your family,
please know I couldn't be prouder of him, as I know you are...
Best regards and the deepest of all sympathies to all who loved and cared for him, believe me !
Bette Danse
Bette Danse
July 12, 2009
I am sitting here at Ft. McCoy working the third shift and pull up a title of support our service men and Ryan's picture comes up on the screen. I have known Ryan for many years through our church, he was a wonderful kid. He is missed because of the life he lead. Ryan was a goog example to many people in our community. I am greatful for have known Ryan and his family.
Major James J Robinson Jr
101st Engineers.
May 26, 2009
I miss you RPJ. As selfish as it sounds, I wish Memorial Day still had no personal meaning for me.
Erin Hicks
May 22, 2009
You are fondly remembered this Memorial Day weekend. It was a honor to serve with you.
Brad Bandy
May 10, 2009
One of the last photos taken of Ryan - April 18, 2007.
May 10, 2009
Looking suave while we packed to deploy.
May 10, 2009
Running the Dragon Mile.
May 10, 2009
Enjoying some delicious pizza.
May 10, 2009
Ryan seemingly always had a smile – even with an ill-advised haircut.
May 10, 2009
Ryan & Astor
May 10, 2009
I had the privilege of serving with Ryan and Astor during peace and war. Even though we were never close they have left an indelible mark on my life and I have taken their loss harder than anyone would imagine. I can only imagine what those who knew them even better and loved them more are going through and I grieve with you. I posted a series of photos and a video to the internet to remind the world of not just how they made the ultimate sacrifice but rather to document how they lived.



Rest in peace my brothers.
Kollin Taylor
May 3, 2009
I can't believe it been 2 years since we lost Ryan. I have not forgotten him and will never forget him. Ever time I see a bright star in the sky my first thought is Ryan smiling down on us!
Daniel Lewis
May 2, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Ryan P. Jones:
Ryan gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
March 31, 2009
Ryan - was really thinking about you so I thought it was time to reread all of the great things that have been written about you by all of the people you have touched during your life.
I have to admit to you that some days are worse than others, and I often wonder what amazing things you would be doing today if you were still here with us. I ran into some of your old Soldiers the other day, and we still tell stories about you - and you still make us smile.
I guess I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you at this moment - and wishing that you were here.
Joe Birchmeier
January 22, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families. War does not discriminate – It breaks my heart to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,300 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com. If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Kenna Larra
November 27, 2008
This Thanksgiving I am thinking about Ryan. I never met him, but I heard such wonderful things about him.

Thank you, Ryan, for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you, Elaine and Kevin, for raising such a wonderful man. God bless.
November 14, 2008
I never met you Ryan, but I know your mom and she talked about you so often. I felt I knew you and knew what a great son you were. Thank you for giving the ultimate for your country. God bless you, Ryan.
Nancy Simard
November 13, 2008
Ryan – it has now been well over a year since you were taken from us and there is not a day that I do not think about you. I have periodically come to this web site to see the many wonderful things that have been written about you and to ensure that you were still being thought of.
Many times I have gone out to Victory Park here at Fort Riley early in the morning as the sun comes up to look at the stone with your name on it to be as close as possible to you – it was during those quiet mornings that I realized that you are with me, and always will be with me, because of the wonderful person you are, and the goodness that you brought into my life and the lives of everyone else you touched within the battalion. I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life.
I really don’t know why it has taken me this long to post an entry; I suppose I was trying to come up with something profound to say. However, more than anything else, I just wanted you to know that you are not forgotten.
Joe Birchmeier
October 2, 2008
You are always in our hearts and prayers. even though you never met Isabella she will know you she came to me today with a picture and said "Ryan", so she will know who you are, how brave you where and what a great person and cousin you where. every time she smiles at me i think of you.
sheri miner
June 29, 2008
Ryan you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday, i have a memorial bracelet that reminds me of all the sacrifices you made. i hope you're out there keeping soldiers safe in harms way.

god bless
Cpt. Matthew Holden
June 24, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you 1st Lt Jones!
May 26, 2008
Im wearing my ribbon for you today :)
samantha adams
May 4, 2008
Ryan, Hope you didn't mind the beautiful little service that was held for you this morning. Your pal Brian,said" we are a day closer to seeing you again" how very true. We were all there loving you in different ways. But I'm sure you know that. Missing you,you are in my prayers.
Love Auntie Joan
Joan Gates
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