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Ryan Michael Wilson, age 31, of Ionia, formerly of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Ionia. The son of Jeffery L. & Sherri Lynn (Jewell) Wilson, he was born on June 29, 1983 in Grand Rapids and was a 2002 graduate of Greenville High School.

Ryan had previously worked at Graphite Engineering as a machinist and was to start a new job with Ventra Manufacturing. He loved tractors — especially John Deere — and enjoyed playing cards and games of skill, shooting pool and pitching horseshoes. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge in Ionia.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charles "Chuck" & Dorothy Wilson; his maternal grandfather, Robert "Bob" Jewell, Jr.; and his step-father, Joseph "Bud" Clarke.

Surviving are his mother, Sherri Jewell-Owen of Monument, Colorado; his father, Jeff & Lori Wilson of Ionia; two brothers, Kyle Clarke & Tia Gibbs of Grand Rapids, and Austin Wilson & Hester Brown of Ionia; maternal grandmother, Connie & Jim Wright of Sebring, Florida; aunts and uncles, Scott Jewell of Grand Rapids, Steve & Linda Wright of Avon Park, Florida, Tracy & Jason Snyder of Canadian Lakes, Charles & Karen Wilson, Jr. of Grand Ledge, Roger & Brenda Wilson of Ionia, and Deb Wilson and her partner, Cara Howe, of Grand Rapids; a step-brother and a step-sister, Mitchell Owen, and Marissa Owen, both of Greenville; a special friend, Elizabeth Spencer of Ionia; many great aunts, great uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation with the family is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with memorial services being held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the First Congregational Church (corner of Cass and Clay streets), Greenville, with The Rev. Ian Macdonald officiating.

Following the memorial service, relatives and friends are invited to join Ryan's family beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday at the Ionia Moose Lodge, 869 E. Lincoln Avenue, to celebrate his life and share in a time of food and fellowship.

Instead of flowers, relatives and friends are asked to consider Ryan's final expenses. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home and the church or donations may be made online at:

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  1. Anonymous on February 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Sandy & Jeanne

    Jeff, Lori, Deb and family, we are sending prayers and love for you during this time, we are thinking of you all.

    Posted by: Alison Rouse

    Rest in peace sweet boy. Your mom Loves you so much. I wish I’d have meet you in person.

    Posted by: Julie Johnson

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

    Terry & Julie Johnson

    Posted by: diane moore

    RIP Ryan love u.

    Posted by: Tom, Hayden & Megan


    We only got a short time to know and befriend you. We are very grateful that we had that opportunity. We are going to miss your jokes and stellar skill at Rummy :) May you rest in peace, we will watch over Elizabeth as she miss you so very much. Prayers to Ryan’s family and friends in this difficult time.

    Posted by: Karen and Charlie Wilson

    We are going to miss a nephew that is tall stature, quiet until spoken to. Ryan always had interesting conversation when we get together. Love always!

    Posted by: Teresa Leak Sweet
    Jeff and Lori, Deb and families, So sorry for the passing our Ryan. Please know that you are all in my heart and prayers as you celebrate the wonderful life that you all had with Ryan. Hugs to all!
    Teresa (Leak) Sweet

    Posted by: Bobbi S. Foley

    Dearest Ryan
    You have been a big part of my son Justin Yost life for many years. I think of you and Kyle as part of our family. Your loss will ALLWAYS have a big impact in our lives. I know the past couple years we didn’t see much of each other but I ALLWAYS have you in my heart and will forever miss you.
    Do you remember the 4th of July at my house when you were sitting in the driveway in your truck and you just got new big tires ? You were headed to silver lake and all the sudden they started to pop like a drive by shooting!!! Lol I dropped on the ground thinking it was a drive by! It was so funny later but at the time you were pretty upset because the tires shop was closed until Tuesday after the holiday. You were stuck at our house! A lot of great memories with you and Kyle ! I will do anything I can to try and look out for your mom and your brother for you Ryan. Know that my family loves you and you will always be in are hearts. Remember your a shooting star Ryan ! XOXO

    Posted by: Matt & Amber Pelak

    Ryan, though your time was cut short here with us your in a far better place. We know you will be waiting for all of us, so until then fly high. You will missed beyond words. Prayers for your Mom & Kyle as they try to push through the weeks to follow.

    Matt & Amber

    Posted by: Joan Quigley Sebring
    Sherri, I am so sorry for your loss. It is so unbelievable. I will keep you and Ryan in my prayers.

    Posted by: Mom

    My beautiful, handsome, loving son…I miss you so very much and love you and your brother will all of my heart. I cannot believe that you are gone. My heart aches, I just want one more hug, one more kiss, one more I love you mom. The only thing that makes me feel any better is knowing that you are with daddy Bud now and he is beside you, guiding you, loving you. Mom loves you my son, my Ralphie, my angel.

    Posted by: Chris Lewis

    R.I.P Ryan.

    Posted by: Chris & Fawn D’Aquila

    Posted by: Tori wood
    We will all miss u Ry ur smile will always be in my mind RIP my friend!

    Posted by: Uncle Steve

    Rest in Peace Ryan,I will never forget when you were 2-3 years old and you messed up somehow and you told your Mom (Uncle Steve straightened me out), your Mom thought that was so cute. Love You

    Posted by: Leslie Rydahl
    Sher & Kyle
    Ryan is in the arms of Jesus and will remain in your hearts and memory forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With sympathy and love,
    Chris and Leslie Rydahl

    Posted by: Billie Moore

    R.I.P Ryan, you will be missed dearly and love you cuz!

    Posted by: carey jewell wagg

    R.I.P Ryan, i(we)love u!!!! you were an amazing person and now god has and amazing angel!

    Posted by: justin scheuneman
    I always enjoyed being around you, you had that goofy personality and that chuckle i always found hilarious. I wish i would of seen you before you passed. I will see you on the other side brother.

    Posted by: Mikey sanders
    R.I.P goober, you will be truly missed, you are not gone, but we are merely in separate rooms, shine a light on us all with your smile, I miss bud, gone to soon. One love brother! Until we meet again.

    Posted by: Michelle Slocum

    RIP Ryan. I didn’t know you personally but I have talked to a lot of people who did and from talking to them you are going to be missed tremendously.

    Posted by: Roxanne Moore

    R.I.P Ryan, gone but not forgot. I love u cousin always forever.

    Posted by: Aunt Shirley McCain

    RIP Ryan, you will be missed. Sherri, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you very much!!! Aunt Shirley

    Posted by: Aunt Deb

    RIP Ryan , Love You


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