Saturday, May 2, 2009

Ryan's Obituary and Funeral Arrangements

Ryan Michael Salmons 19, of Grove City passed away Friday May 1, 2009 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family and dear friends. Ryan was a member of Hilliard Southwest Hockey Club and signed a one day contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was recognized as an honorary member of the team. Ryan was preceded in death by his grandmother Marilyn McLaren. Survivors include his parents Bradley W. (Susan M.) Salmons, mother Robin Bowman, sister Alaina Salmons paternal grandparents Carlos and Margaret Salmons and maternal grandfather Richard McLaren. Family and friends may visit Monday from 12:00 until 8:00 PM at Cypress Wesleyan Church 377 Alton Darby Creek Road where funeral celebrating his life will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday. Wayne Beard will officiate with interment following at Sunset Cemetery. The family request that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Blue Jackets Foundation in Ryan’s name at Please visit to learn more of Ryan’s life and accomplishments. An online guest book to share your messages with his family is at Arrangements are with THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME Grove City.

****Ryan had an idea that it would be neat to use Blue Jackets car flags instead of funeral markers on each car going out to the cemetery. We have some Blue Jackets flags to use in the procession, but our supply is limited. If you have one or can find one before the service, please bring it and display it on your car.

Thank you to all that have posted comments. The support we have felt is overwhelming. We really appreciate the prayers and encouragement every person has given over the past year.


Z06Gal said...

To the Salmons family, I really wish I knew what to say to offer some sort of comfort but I don't. God tells us in His Word that "My ways are not your ways; My thoughts are not your thoughts." There is no question that He had a plan for Ryan's life and I am certain that the full effect of your son's witness is yet to be seen. I am grateful to have "known" him through the Corvette forum and this site. May God give you wisdom and discernment that will see you through this sad time.

Marc said...

I first heard about Ryan while watching the NHL network. Having played hockey at the professional level it was clear to me how fortunate the Blue Jacket organization was to have a supporter like Ryan. Being a father of three little boys whom I adore... the thought of having to endure what your family has is unfathomable. My heart and prayers go out to your family and to Dad you stated it best..."Ryan has now earned his Angel Wings"

With all my sympathy!

Anonymous said...

What great courage, will to fight and passion Ryan has shown. We need more people like Ryan in this world. God bless from a member of Bruins Nation

Anonymous said...

ry i hate you see you go but i am so happy that your not in pain anymore. you will always have a special place in my heart, and not a day will go by that i wont think about you or miss you.. you were one of a kind. and ill always love you ry.
this song forever by rascal flatts is my song to you ryan... you definately made his mark and will never be forgotten..i will always cherish every second i spent with you.. you definately made an impression on me that will last forever. watch over us with your angel wings babe <3

I miss you so much
your light your smile your wave
and everything about us
but your gone your still here
in my heart and my tears

Yeah you sure left your mark
we were just gettin’ started

It wasn’t long enough
it wasn’t long enough together
but it was long enough
yeah it was long enough
to last forever

sometimes i get so mad
i scream, i swear at this
cause this isn’t how we planned it
i sit here in a cold moon
prayin, waitin’ on you

to run back though that door
to the way it was before you left

it wasn’t long enough
it wasn’t long enough together
but it was long enough
yeah, it was long enough to last forever

I’ve been cheated, defeated cant believe that your gone

it wasn’t long
it wasn’t long enough
it wasn’t long enough
it wasn’t long enough

no no no

it wasn’t long enough
it wasn’t long enough together
but it was long enough
yeah it was long enough
to last to last to last forever

no, it wasn’t long enough

Anonymous said...

Ryan u sound like a great guy and i which ur family all the luck and i hope u become stronger even with Ryan gone. Even though I didn't know u I give u my out-most respect. I'm sure God will take good care of u so you will be safe up in Heaven.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing young man Ryan was. His story has touched so many lives.
He will forever have an imprint on my heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Salmons family as you navigate through the next couple days.
Christine and The DeSanti Family

Mindy Atwood said...

I just read the saying, "Don't tell God how big your Storm is, tell the Storm how big your God is." That seems to be what Ryan did. He faced each step with confidence that he would be covered by the love and prayers of others, and he was. As the mother of a young man who went through the cancer journey as a child, my heart is with you. All our hearts and prayers are with you.
Mindy Atwood
Patches of Light

Anonymous said...

I've been following Ryan's journey via CorvetteForums for quite a while. I'm more of a lurker so I haven't posted anything.

I'm shocked and amazed at how brave, mature, fearless, and friendly Ryan was.

I'm not one for long drawn out messages, but if there is such thing as an angel it seems he was one on earth. His messages and fight touched so many hearts.

Stay strong, may you be comforted by your memories.

Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Salmons family and friends,
May God bless all who can attend Ryan's celebration. A dear friend shared with me once that we have it all wrong. She stated "We celebrate one's birth and mourn one's funeral. We should mourn when a baby is born because they have the trials and tribulations of life ahead of them. Subsequently, we should celebrate when someone dies as they have gone ahead to heaven where all God's children will be reunited in peace and love for an eternity." May Tuesday hold tears of love, hugs of joyful memories and laughter of the promise we share in Jesus. Godspeed Ryan.
A friend in Christ, Nick Raitt's aunt.

Anonymous said...

god speed salmons.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you Susan and all your family and friends. Lori Vincent only just told me about Ryan's Fight last month, and she showed me all the wonderful photos of your handsome son and his many acheivements. It then suddenly clicked that I worked with you at Abercrombie when she mentioned your name. God Bless, Ryan was a true inspiration to us ALL x

Anonymous said...

To the Salmons family,
I wish I had some words of wisdom and comfort but I don't. What a wonderful blessing he has been to so many. He is truly an inspiration to all.
My heart goes out to all who loved him.

with deep sympathy

Anonymous said...

I am proud to have been a member of Teamsalmons....My sincere prayers have been with you all through this last year. Ryan is one Awesome young man. God Bless you all.

pj said...

I never met Ryan but he will continue to be a true inspiration. God bless the Salmons family. God must have needed a special Angel by his side.


Jhn and Christine Ferguson said...

You precious boy, your pain is gone. The cancer didn't win buddy, you did. You're now in everlasting peace. May you rest in God's hands.

Watch over us Ryan.
xoxo,Hilliard Tennis Coach

Unknown said...

Dear Brad & Susan: As a neighbor, I'm sorry I haven't gotten to know you but I have prayed for Ryan every time we passed your house as I walked my doggies each evening. Ryan was truly an inspiration to so many who knew him and his story. His numerous friends and the Blue Jackets members have attested to what a great guy he was. We will be praying for you as you go through this difficult time. Carole

Mitch said...

Salmons Family,

We are neighbors yet don't know each other, but you've probably seen our kids terrorizing Gingerwood Ct. over the years. My deepest sympathies, prayers, and understanding go out to you in this time of loss. My son Jake's mother was also claimed by this terrible disease when he was only 3. I know no words can heal the pain of your loss, but take comfort in the mature, thoughtful way Ryan LIVED to the fullest, and know God does have a plan for him. It may not make sense today, but it will. Be faithful, and find comfort in knowing that it will be revealed.

God Bless You All,
Mitch Hewitt

brad said...

I want to say that I am honoured to have met Ryan on a couple of occassions while working BlueJacket games. He was an inspiration to myself and the NHLOA.
Watch over us Ryan!

Your friend:
Brad Meier

Anonymous said...

You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that during this time you can feel supported by all who care. I won't be there today, but tomorrow will join in the celebration of Ryan's life.

God's peace to you...Jennifer Cameron

Anonymous said...

Dear Salmons Family,

Our prayers are with each of you as you deal with your loss. Ryan was an inspiration to so many this past year and his fight has changed us all. God bless - The Gardners.

Anonymous said...

Dear Salmons Family:

May comfort and healing surrround your hearts and may His grace walk with you through this new journey. Ryan's beautiful spirit and light will remain strong through you. I'm so thankful he will be watching over the children that are still in the battle. Please hold your head high in humble pride for your amazing son brought out the best in people by the random (and not so random) acts of kindness that came forth to support his courage to live life to the fullest.

Lori Brower
Mom to Nick Raitt

Cindi said...

To the Salmons family, you are in my family's thoughts and prayers. While Ryan's life was short, I know that you will all find your peace in the wonderful memories you have of Ryan.

Cindi Blodgett Lochard

Anonymous said...

To the family, I would like to say that although I went to school with Ryan I never knew him but was in my thoughts through out his fight. I hope he is in peace and with out pain. His situation has really made me understand that there are no certainties in life but even more that I am not invisible at 21. I hope to do as much as he did in during his fight, in my lifetime. May The Lord Bless Him And Keep Him

Anonymous said...

God bless you Ryan and your family! You were an amazing person and I hope all can learn from your wonderful outlook on life! Live strong!

bflohockeygirl said...

All the best to you & your family. I read about Ryan a week or so ago on a hockey forum & was so touched by his story & by the VIP treatment he received at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization - that must have been really special for him, and reading about it brought tears to my eyes.

I just read about Ryan's passing, and I'm so terribly sorry for all his family and friends. Please know that you're in my thoughts...

Anonymous said...

AWESOME service today... Take care of yourselves!

Cindy Ackley

Lisa said...

Brad and Family;
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I had not been on the web sight lately and was sadened to see his obituary. I had seen him on TV rescently and thought he was doing well. May the love of your family and friends get you through these tough times. Ryan was a courageous and wonderful soul attributes I'm sure he got from the people who loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lisa that worked at the Galloway Tavern

Anonymous said...

To Ryan
we love you and you will never be forgotten
To the Salmons
we love you also, and were here for you!
love you

Matt The Limo Driver said...

Brad and Susan... I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although I never had the oppurtunity to meet Ryan, through this blog, I have followed a bit and learned a lot about him. What an inspiration! There's not a shadow of a doubt in my mind, that when the pain subsided, Heaven truly received a blessing of its own. I know Ryan will be missed by those who knew him, but the impact that his life had will continue to be felt by the many people who did not.

schaef said...

Ryan, like I have told you many times before you are the strongest person I've ever met and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. You have given me a new outlook on life and for that I am truly grateful. I am glad I had the privilege of knowing you. I would do anything to hear you call me sweetheart one more time.
When I heard the news I was at the YMCA, where I frequently saw you right before you were diagnosed. That’s where we first met. I clearly remember you approaching me while I was running on the treadmill. I was sooo embarrassed because I didn’t want you to see me sweat, so I quickly slowed down to a walk. You said, and I quote, “ I didn’t want to leave without saying good-bye.” I did not get a chance to say good-bye before you left. I do not want to say good-bye to you Ryan. We WILL meet again and I look forward to that day. I also look forward to that ride in the Vette that you promised me.

I love you Ryan Salmons. You are my hero.

This is the song that will always remind me of you; it was the first song I heard on my drive home from the Y.

Second Chance
By Shinedown

My eyes are open wide
And by the way, I made it
Through the day
I watched the world outside
By the way, I'm leaving out Today

I just saw Hayley's comet,
She waved
Said,"Why you always running in place?
Even the man in the moon disappeared
Somewhere in the stratosphere"

Tell my mother,
Tell my father
I've done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I'm not angry, I'm just saying...
Sometimes goodbye
Is a second chance

Please don't cry
One tear for me
I'm not afraid of
What I have to say
This is my one and
Only voice
So listen close, it's
Only for today

I just saw Hayley's comet, she waved
Said,"Why you always running in place?
Even the man in the moon disappeared
Somewhere in the stratosphere"

Tell my mother,
Tell my father
I've done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I'm not angry, I'm just saying...
Sometimes goodbye
Is a second chance

Here's my chance
This is my chance

Tell my mother,
Tell my father
I've done the best I can
To make them realize
This is my life
I hope they understand
I'm not angry, I'm just saying...
Sometimes goodbye
is a second chance

Sometimes goodbye
is a second chance [x2]

Marisa said...

What a fight Ryan put up! He is going to be the brightest star in the sky and our newest and most heavenly angel that's up there. He was an inspiration to everyone, young and old. He will be greatly missed but he certainly left his mark all the lives' he touched.
God Bless you Ryan and your family.

We'll see you again one day <3

Ashlei said...


I still cant believe that you are gone. You looked so nice yesterday at the service and at the showing. I just cant believe that I will never get to share a birthday with you again. You have changed my life in more ways than one. You have touched more lives than you know and are a hero and inspiration to everyone who has ever met you; and those who havent. Only God takes his angels once they have reached perfection and I believe that you had. I know you flew up to Heaven with your vette and are shining down on all of us today.

I found this song that reminded me of you and thought I'd share a verse:

Its called "Forever" by Rascal Flatts~

I miss you so much
Your light, your smile, your way, and everything about us
Though you’re gone, you’re still here
In my heart, in my tears
Yeah you sure left your mark and we were just getting started

I will love you forever Ryan Michael Salmons and miss you terribly.


GoBucks said...

RIP my friend. I am going to miss you!!

heidi robinson said...

Everything turned out fantastic yesterday! He would of loved it! I am sure he did!! He was one of the greatest,bravest,loving people that i have ever met and i will miss him greatly.I am thankful now that someone can keep over my son and teach him sports!

Paul Witt said...

It was great to meet you guys monday. Very unfortunate circumstances. I met Ry's aunt at the hospital when myself, Jesse( Sines) and Zack (Asman) stopped down. I just want to let you know Ryan was a good friend and a good guy all around and myself and Jesse (who couldnt make it and may have H1N1) are going to miss him soo much! God bless. It is good to know he is now in a better place with out pain. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

-Paul Witt

Anonymous said...

I was sitting at work today when, suddenly, you and Ryan entered my mind. I am extremely heartbroken at the news I learned today when I pulled up your blogs. Ryan fought the bravest battle of all and my prayers are with you. You are an incredibly strong man who spoke of his son with great love.

Your friend,
Tracy (from the Tavern)

Ralphie said... name is Ralphie. I know you don't know me, but i am a friend of Taylor Maruniaks who was good friends with Ryan. I was also there to support her at the funeral. I just wanted to tell you what happened to me at work right after the funeral...
I was going to the decades old vending machine in my office and i was thinking about how great Ryan must have been. I went to put my quarters in but i only had 75 cents and i needed a dollar. But, when i went to put the third quarter in... it poped up that i had put a dollar in already!! I pushed the return button and out came a GOLD DOLLAR COIN!! I was amaized. I tried to put it back in and it wouldn't fit.. there was even a sign that said it didn't take dollar coins! I believe that your Son Ryan was watchin over me.. he was there.
I just thought i would let you know that... and that your son is an angel and ill always be looking down helping people just as much as when he was alive. <3

God Bless... Ralphie

Tom and Jayne Barker said...

Brad, Susan and Robin families, we are so sorry to hear about Ryan's plight. We have been following Ryan's fight on his web site. We have prayed for him and we know that he is in heaven now. We are praying for all of you also. We know how sad you are to have lost your dear son who was so young to leave your side. God bless all of you! He will always be alive in your hearts.

Anonymous said...

Can't help but check on my "hero's" family. I miss reading such wonderful, positive words about your loving son. Please check back for "our" positive words to help you all!

Much love and prayers,
Christine Ferguson, Coach

Morrison said...

Hi Team Salmons,

I just wanted to express my condolences at the sad news this week. To say I have enjoyed your blogs over recent months might sound crass but it has been a pleasure to see a young man (and his family) deal with such a difficult time with such grace and dignity. For all the media reports we see of a world in decline and how awful young people are these days, it was hugely heartening to see a young man such as Ryan face his battles head-on with such verve and positivity.
It was great to read of the many amazing experiences you were all able to share with Ryan over the last year or so, from his big-money contract with the Blue Jackets to the various trips and visits with cars, bikes and most importantly, overwhelmingly kind people and I am glad that you have so many happy memories to look back on in the coming years.
For all the sadness of the loss, I am sure from having read the blogs that you are rejoicing in the fact that Ryan is with his Lord and Saviour now and that you will all be reunited with him one day in Heaven.
Despite having never met Ryan or any of the rest of Team Salmons, your story has been a real source of encouragement over recent weeks and months and even from as far away as I am, you can rest assured that family and friends will be remembered in prayer by many.

In Him.

Tim, Canucks Fan, London England.

Paula said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Ryan. I've been reading the blogs about him and only wish I could have met him. You and your family are in my prayers.
God bless you,
Paula D'Aurora Dolan (St. Ann's)