Ryan Lance WALTERS
WALTERS Ryan Lance Ryan L. Walters, age 37, of Millbury, died on Sunday, June 13, 2010, at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Toledo on December 12, 1972 to Robert and Barbara (Pool) Walters Sr. Ryan married the love of his life, Mary DeFriece on August 10, 1996 and she and their son, Hayden preceded him in death. Ryan was employed with Hospice of Northwest Ohio as their Director of IT. Ryan would have received his Bachelor of Arts in Management and Organizational Development. He was a member of Mainstreet Church, where he helped manage the church's IT Systems. Ryan loved running 5K and 10K races with his son, Hayden joining him near the finish line. He is survived by his beautiful baby girl, Madison; mother, Barbara Walters; siblings, Robert (Carol Wilde) Walters Jr., Robin (Chris) Arquette, and Rachel (Damian) Gerwin; grandmother, Margaret Walters; mother-in-law, Dolores DeFriece; brother-in-laws, Daniel (Jennifer) DeFriece and Chad (Ambre) DeFriece; sister-in-law, Amy (Craig) Sigler; nieces and nephews, Kyle Walters, Summer Walters and Adien Gerwin; along with 9 other nieces and nephews and best friend, Scott (Kristi) Gibson. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Walters Sr.; and father-in-law, Delmos DeFriece. Friends will be received on Thursday, June 17, 2010 from 12-9 p.m. in Mainstreet Church 705 Campus, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Cedar Creek Church, with Pastor Marty Pennington, officiating. Burial will follow in Lake Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Ryan and Mary Walters Scholarship Fund for Madison Walters at Fifth Third Bank. Arrangements are being handled by Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Walbridge (419-666-3121). Online condolences may be made at www.witzlershank.com

Published by The Blade on Jun. 16, 2010.
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It is still so unbelievably incredible to me that my little brother, sister-in-law, and nephew are gone. Mary always had a kind word and a smile for everyone; Hayden was my twin buddy; and Ryan was an awesome brother who was there for me unconditionally. I am so proud to have known such a great man who continues to teach myself and others huge life lessons. I miss my little brother, Mary and Hayden very much!
Bob Jr.
July 8, 2010
I have never met Ryan or the Walter's family, but would like you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish the best for precious little Madison and hope she grows to find comfort and guidance from God's three new angels in heaven.
June 19, 2010
I enjoyed having the privilege of knowing and working with Ryan this past five years. Those of us who worked with him were very lucky to have him in our workplace and our lives. His mind was so quick and facile, whether solving a problem or using his wit. He seemed possessed of infinite patience and seemed totally motivated by trying to make things go better for others, our patients, our coworkers and anyone else and we have only begun to realize how much we will miss him. Our lives are richer for having known him and poorer that it was for such a short time. Godspeed, Ryan.
John McGreevey
June 19, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
June 19, 2010
I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan many years ago when we worked together at Krogers on Woodville Rd. He and I were very good friends. He had the ability to make me laugh even when I was in the most rotten mood ever. We lost touch a long time ago but I can see by everyones words that Ryan didn't change at all. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family. God Bless Ryan, Mary, and Hayden as they watch over their angel Madison.
Michelle McCarthy-Spradling
June 19, 2010
We are so very sorry. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We know that the Lord is with you and and that He will comfort you and bring you peace. Bob & Mary Arquette
June 18, 2010
Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the Walters family and friends...the Tucker family (Millbury, OH)
Melinda Tucker
June 17, 2010
Ryan and his family were the most generous people around. What a loving husband, father, and friend he was. Those of us left here will miss Ryan, Mary, and Hayden daily. Madison will be welled cared for but will need our prayers to get through this tragedy. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all.
Jodi and Brian Reed
Jodi Reed
June 17, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who new and loved the Walters family.
Stalter Family
June 17, 2010
"Your family is in my prayers. "
Arquette Amie
June 17, 2010

To Ryans Family:
It was a privilege to have met Ryan. Our class will forever be connected and I appreciate the impact he had in my life.
To Ryan:
I celebrate your life today and I will continue to carry on your legacy of enjoying life and family in the moment in time we share together. I will pray for your daughter and the journey ahead of her!!! Well done good and faithful servant! Blessed be the name of the LORD!!
Kim Rambus
June 17, 2010
Deepest sympathy from the Frederick Shull family
Frederick Shull
June 17, 2010
Maddie & Family, God feels your pain and promised this to you: He will take care of you: Psalm 68:4-5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”- and Ps. 103:13-18 (The Message Bible version)
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we're made of mud.
Men and women don't live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
God's love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.
I feel that God has left us the gift of you, a miracle, to comfort everyone, because he knew that at this time leaving nothing would be too sad. Though I've never met you or your family I am praying for you and your family because I know you can't see the way through this sorrow. Please remember, Jesus is the Bright Morning Star. Keep following Him, he'll show you the way, one moment at a time. Love, Your Friend in Jesus Christ,
Cheryl Westfall
June 17, 2010
Lori Benschoter
June 16, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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Tom, Suzie, Ryan, & Jackie Sevra
June 16, 2010
I am sending love and prayers to everyone who loved Ryan and his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I only knew Ryan for a short time and he was very kind and helpful. Madison, you are loved by many.
June 16, 2010
To Ryan's family and friends: may you find peace in the midst of your overwhelming sorrow.
Ryan, you will always be remembered for your quick wit and your wonderful sense of humor. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you. I look forward to seeing you again one day my friend.
Lori Bibbee
June 16, 2010
Words cannot express the sadness I feel on behalf of this family. All I can do is pray that God will keep you through this very difficult time, I will continue to hold Maddie up in my prayers as well.
Carla Johnson
June 16, 2010
To all of you who were family or friends of this family. Please know how much you're being prayed for and cared about by others.
A Stengel
June 16, 2010
My prayer are with you all in this time of grief.
And may you always keep your family close to heart. God Bless you Maddie
Donetta Cowell
June 16, 2010
Bobby, Robin, Rachel, Barbara and all of Ryan's loved ones, we are so sorry for your loss. This is so sudden and so tragic - our hearts go out to all of you. We have all of you in our prayers.
Dick & Maxine Bauer
June 16, 2010
I met Ryan years ago as an employee at Hospice. I remember him getting married, having a baby, having another baby, his endless energy...and his exceptional talent with computers and the ease of him working. Myself, to this day, I still struggle with copy and paste! Ryan made me laugh with his quick wit. I too, remember him walking through the unit at the speed of which I would consider calling it exercise! I have happy memories of Ryan, and I am sure he is making the best of the situation! Are there computers up there?
Donna Kane
June 16, 2010
I can not imagine the pain you and your family are going through now. I only know that you will get through this. You and your family are in my thoughts...

Jason Giacomo
Jason Giacomo
June 16, 2010
May you run in the clouds with Hayden and hold Mary close to you always. Maddie will be watched over by many who love her here on earth as well as in the heavens above.
Jenifer Jankord (Gurtzweiler)
June 16, 2010
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Johnston Family
June 16, 2010
My thougts and prayers are with your family in this time of grief. I wish only wonderful things for Madison and I hope that she can find comfort in knowing that her family is smiling down on her from heaven. May your memories bring you some comfort. And may you always keep your family close to your heart. God bless you, baby girl.
A Mother
June 16, 2010
It is with utter sadness and disbelief that the Williams Family sends condolences to the entire Walters family. We wish you love and comfort with our thoughts and prayers.

Bill, Jane, and Laura Williams
Laura Williams
June 16, 2010
Very sorry to hear of the tragedy that has taken this family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maddie, and the rest of the family as you begin to cope, repair, and rebuild. May you find some peace in all of this. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.
Nichole Thiele
June 16, 2010
Ryan (& family),
Although I really did not know you well at all, you and Mary have touched my life more than you know. I promised God that out of this tragic event that has torn your family apart that I would learn something from the legacy your family has left here on earth: To trust God always, to love your family, and never ever take anything for granted- for tomorrow is not promised. God Bless your family!
Melissa Williamson
June 16, 2010
Natalie Fork
June 16, 2010
Ryan was a great friend, and a wonderful man. I will always remember his energy and enthusiasm, and his love for his family. I will miss him a great deal.
Derek Kamp
June 16, 2010
I am so sorry and saddened for your loss. Please know that your family and friends will be in my prayers during these difficult days. Brad and Nancy Sheets...
Nancy Sheets
June 16, 2010
My deepest sympathies to all those who loved and lost Ryan and his family.
June 16, 2010
Ryan's sister Rachel and I were best friends in high school. I remember him with great fondness. My heart goes out to my second family whom I love and have missed all these years. Know that I will pray for you. May you find comfort in each other and the memories of Ryan.
June 16, 2010
My heart goes out to Ryan's family. May God's love wrap around you during this time of sorrow. Remember Ryan's adventure for life and gift for making people smile. He was a wonderful man and good friend. We all miss him.
Cindy Salisbury
June 16, 2010
sharon viers
June 16, 2010
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