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Ryan D. Kuper


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Ryan D. Kuper Obituary
September 6, 1972 - November 21, 2017 Ryan David Kuper, 45, of Pasadena, California, died at his home on November 21, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, after a heroic seven-year battle with cancer. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on September 6, 1972 and moved with his parents and sister to Council Bluffs, Iowa, shortly thereafter. He was the son of Dr. David H. Kuper and the late Jane Mehring Kuper of Council Bluffs. Ryan was a graduate of Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. At an early age, he pursued a passionate interest in the field of music production-seeking out, mentoring and managing new music groups in the Omaha area. He formed his companies, Boundless Entertainment and The Redemption Recording Company, later expanding his work nationally and beyond, and relocating to Los Angeles. There, he obtained a Master's degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and began a career with Unum Insurance Company in Glendale, California, continuing his music interest as an avocation. Ryan was married in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 17, 2012 to Michelle Santos, who survives him. Other survivors include his father and stepmother Lea; his sister Leigh Anne Koehler (Dave) and niece Meredith Anne Koehler, all of Papillion, Nebraska; aunt Karlyn Kuper Carson (Dick) of Studio City, California; aunt Marcia Yochum (David) of Whitewater, Wisconsin; cousins Steven and Jeffrey Yochum, Douglas and Christopher Carson, Kathleen Tucker, and a multitude of devoted friends. In addition to his mother, Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents Dr. Herbert D. and Marie Kuper and Milfred M. and Lorraine Mehring, all of Columbus, Nebraska. Memorials are planned for early January in California and later in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ryan's story is one of hope, determination and a passion for living that allowed him to have a life of love and joy with his beloved Michelle, his other family members and the countless friends from near and far who added so much to his too short, but well-lived life. He worked productively as long as possible, traveled when health permitted, created a warm, welcoming home and became an inspiration and mentor to many who were fortunate to know him. Adventurous and curious, he thirsted for new mountains to climb, new knowledge to gain, new experiences to share. He was intelligent, humorous, playful, a profound thinker, and a devoted fan of Nebraska Cornhusker football, like his father and his two grandfathers. Ryan was extremely loyal to those friends he had known since childhood and also to those he met later in life. That loyalty and devotion was returned to him in kind, especially during his final journey. His concern, always, was for others, and his gratitude for the loving and compassionate care he received from family, friends, and medical professionals was never left unexpressed, and most often, was accompanied by an inquiry into the other's most recent experience and well-being. After establishing residence in Pasadena, and despite the challenges of his illness, Ryan volunteered on the board of the Garfield Heights Neighborhood Association. He also served on the"Friends of the DFCC Committee" at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank, California. As such, he campaigned to raise awareness and helped raise funds for the cancer center. He educated himself and others about his particular type of non-smoker's lung cancer, a startling diagnosis for a young person with an avowed healthy lifestyle, and his wish certainly would be that his medical trials would be a source of future knowledge and help for others-medical professionals and patients alike. Thus, his family suggests memorials to Ryan be directed to the Providence St. Joseph's Foundation, 501 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91505, with a memo indicating "DFCC/In Memory of Ryan Kuper." Online donations can be made at www.providencepowerofgiving.org (click on Saint Joseph Foundation, and the same memo). Other suggested memorials are to environmental or animal welfare causes of the donor's choice. In the words of William Butler Yeats: "Think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends."
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 28, 2017
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