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A Tragic Loss

My Heart has been breaking and the tears just seem to keep coming!! In the picture above is a sweet dear friend who was tragically killed this weekend in a small plane crash. For those of you in Florida I am sure that you have heard the news of a small plane crash in the everglades. This was his plane he was the pilot. This is such shocking news to all because he was such a good pilot and careful flyer!! We are all searching for answers and praying that the Lord will reveal this week to give closure especially to the family!
Ryan Ruano had to have been one of the funnest, sweetest, happiest people I have ever met. That smile on his face was a permanent fixture!! He lived his life to the fullest never missing a beat!!! Always doing the things that he loved and having a blast doing them!!
I moved to Florida when I was 19 and after a week of being there I met the man that I would marry Kevin!! Well 3 days after meeeting him I decided to walk down to the local hardware store where he worked to say hi. I remember that day meeting everyone that he worked with except Cheryl ( who later became my bestie!!!) Ryan was one of those people and there are so many memories of him at the store!
I can remember walking into the store to see Kevin and as I walked in through the front door from the back would come this tall, handsome young man and then " awwwwwwww!! What's up girlllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" in that tone of voice that only Ryan had!!!!
He will be missed by so many especially his Mom, Dad, and sister.

Ryan, you were such an amazing soul!! When God created you he knew how your spirit would touch so many!! How your laughter and silliness would bring so much joy to so many. You took on life the way that most of us wish we could. We will all hold tight to the memories that we all have of you. Make sure you dance like never before up there in heaven and I know that you will have the angels themselves bowled over from laughter. Have fun up there and we all look forward to seeing you again!!! We love you and miss you already!!! Our hearts have forever been touched by your life. Rest in Peace with the Father my friend.
Please, if you knew Ryan leave a comment on this post. All comments will be shown to family to let them know the extent of lives that their son touched!!!!


  1. I could immediately hear Ryan's voice in my head saying ” What's up girlllllllll” when I read that part. He was one of a kind who brought joy, happiness & laughter to any situation. In all the years I have known him, I can't remember being around him one time where he didn't have that AMAZING smile of his shining across his entire face...... It was contagious! I met Ryan years ago through jet ski racing & I know that I speak for the entire jet ski industry when I say that he will be deeply missed by all, but forgotten by none. ”Only the good die young”, Ryan was definitely one of the good ones.
    Nicole Farthing

  2. I don't know this person, but your story is so touching, sorry for your loss, my prayers and with you all!

  3. When I received the call yesterday for this terrible news I didn't want to believe it. I first met Ryan through racing about 10 years ago. I have shared so many good times and laughs with and can't grasp that I won't get that chance again. Ryan was always the nicest guy with big smile and the life of the party. I remember showing up at the hospital after he was in a jet ski accident and after surgery he still was smiling. My life was so much better knowing him and hes going to be missed by so many people. I don't understand why the good die young but I hope he sees how much he meant to everyone and how much joy he brought. RIP Bro I am going to miss you.

    Dustin Farthing

  4. I did not know this young man but my thoughts and prayers go out to his Family and Friends in this difficult time. It is never easy losing a loved one but he is in a better place and watching over all who cared for him. Stay strong and God Bless!!!

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you. God Bless!
    Sherrie K

  6. You will be missed Ryan.. I met you through Region 7 jetski racing back in the early 2000's.. My thoughts & prayers to your family..


  7. You were the most kind person i've ever met.And its true if you were sad or mad he would lift you up!!! We all lost a friend and a over all GREAT PERSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They all ways say the good die young.But you RYAN WERE THE BEST!!!!I will miss you very much!

  8. Crystal, thank you for sharing this story with us. It is very touching and so sad, but as you said, I am sure he is in a happy place up in heaven. Ryan sounds like such a wonderful person who brought so much happiness to everyone he was can just tell from that beautiful smile. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends. xx

  9. So sorry to hear about your friend. Thanks for sharing this touching post. I live in FL and did hear about the crash. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  10. Such a huge loss to you and the world at large! My s/o is a pilot and a great one at that, but my heart is still in my throat every time he goes up! I am sure Ryan has his own wings now!!!

  11. Crystal,
    I am so sorry to read the news of the sudden and devastating loss of your dear friend, Ryan. Please know that I am praying for you as you struggle through your grief. Please also let the family know that a stranger up in Canada is lifting them up in her prayers. May you all feel God's ever-loving arms of comfort, peace and love surround you and uphold you through the days ahead.
    With my love and prayers,
    Kate (FCCB Design Team)

  12. please check out the facebook page about the foundation created in memory of Ryan

  13. Nashville, 2001. PWC Nationals. I met Ryan there. It was a legendary time, and even though we rarely talked since or hung out, the impression he left to this day is a lasting one. Great, fun, proud, strong. You'll live on forever in those moments, bud. Godspeed.

  14. I met Ryan the first week of December 2008 when I lived in Colorado, we started dating about a week later. I told Ryan I had plans of moving to Florida before we had met. Within 4 weeks of dating he flew to Colorado and not only helped load all of my belongings but paid for my entire trip down to my new home in Florida. He refused to let me move down to South Florida by myself and insisted on moving in together on his family's ranch. He taught me how to love unconditionally, he is definitely missed in person but his voice still rings loud and clear! Once he told me, "We are always connected, even when I'm gone"...yes, I see what you are saying now. Thanks Ryan.


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