Benjamin H. Ryan
February 9, 2007 – February 11, 2023
Benjamin Hugh Ryan of Omaha, NE, was born in Winchester, Virginia, on February 9, 2007, along with his twin brother, Noah. A month and a half early, Benjamin began his brief life in the NICU, setting the tone for the rest of his life. “Little but fierce,” as his big brother, Mason, called him, Benjamin reveled in adventure in the countryside around Culpeper, Virginia, where he was raised. He was always happiest floating down a river, hiking a mountain trail, or exploring the woods with his brothers.
Shortly before his tenth birthday, Benjamin and his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. In his new home, Benjamin’s charming personality, ever-present, mischievous smile, and joyful attitude toward life won him many loyal friends among his peers and adults alike in very short order.
In his fifth grade year, Benjamin began a struggle with brain cancer that would ultimately take his life. Despite his dire prognosis, he was always fearless and cheerful in the face of tremendous odds against him. Without a single complaint, he battled the ravages of cancer and the aftereffects of brain surgery for over five years. Always concerned for others, he even volunteered to be the first patient in a groundbreaking trial that will benefit pediatric cancer patients well into the future.
With a deep and abiding faith in God, amazing support from friends and family all over the world, and a Stoic approach to his struggle, Benjamin endured unimaginable challenges for a boy his age with incredible grace. His never quit attitude inspired all who met him, and his undaunted sense of humor and infectious smile only won him more admirers and friends during his illness.
A beloved son, brother, and friend, Benjamin will be forever missed and loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Benjamin is survived by his parents, Jayme and Hugh Ryan; his brothers, Mason and Noah; uncle, Jake McKee (Kris); aunt, Janae Galvis (Daniel); his grandparents, Judy and Jim McKee and Helen and Al King; and many loving uncles, aunts, and cousins.
The Family will receive friends on Monday, February 13th, from 4:30-7:00PM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (14330 Eagle Run Drive), with a Vigil Service at 7PM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 14th, at 10:30 am, with a luncheon to follow. Private Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, a foundation has been established in Benjamin’s name with the primary purpose of helping families fight pediatric cancer. Please make checks payable to:
The Benjamin H. Ryan Foundation, D.A. Davidson Wealth Management