Benjamin H. Ryan

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

450 Regency Parkway, Suite 400, Omaha, NE 68114



  • Dan Tapp Posted February 12, 2023 6:01 pm

    So sorry for you loss my bother Hugh. Jamie, Mason and Noah. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

  • Otis and Leverne Henderson Posted February 12, 2023 9:29 pm

    Sending sincere condolences and prayers for comfort during this most difficult time.

  • Sonja Cook Posted February 12, 2023 9:55 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, Hugh and Jayme. He was so brave and fought so hard to get better. I know you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • Aimee Tiller Posted February 13, 2023 4:37 am

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you guys.

  • John C Tiller Posted February 13, 2023 4:39 am

    Our thoughts and prayer from France. Love to each of you. John Tiller

  • Amy Sederstrom Posted February 13, 2023 8:42 am

    Jayme and Family,
    My heart breaks for all of you. May your found memories of Benjamin bring healing and peace to you. Hugs and prayers being sent to you.
    Amy (House) Sederstrom & family

  • Dana Morrison Posted February 13, 2023 9:51 am

    We have no words. We are all so very sorry. Benjamin was an inspiration to us all, as are your entire family. May you all be wrapped in love, prayers & strength. With love and deepest condolences, Dana, Lauren & Drew

  • Bob and Katie Timm Posted February 13, 2023 10:03 am

    We have such sweet memories of you, Jayme and Hugh. It’s so inconceivable the pain you must be experiencing at the loss of your Ben. Sending you all our love and prayers.

  • Lutricia Toliver Posted February 13, 2023 10:43 am

    Sorry for your loss he was born on my birthday and i love❤️ him and willnever forget the baby boy.

  • Michael Brown Posted February 13, 2023 1:49 pm

    I just heard of Ben’s passing. So sorry to hear this you. You know he has been in my prayers for as long as he’s been battling. He fought very hard and was very brave. My thoughts and prayers will be with you

  • Susan Ward and Peter Swiecicki Posted February 13, 2023 2:43 pm

    Jayme, Hugh, Mason and Noah, please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. Ben has joined the saints and is now looking down on us from heaven with his everlasting smile.

  • Julisa & Luke Haines Posted February 13, 2023 4:47 pm

    We are praying for you and your family, that Jesus will hold your hearts tight during this time and that He will continue to be your strength and provide your hearts everlasting comfort knowing Ben is rejoicing in heaven. He fought the good fight. Love, prayers and hugs to you all.
    Love the Haines Family

  • Hipolito Galvis y Beatriz Gutierrez Posted February 13, 2023 5:52 pm

    Jayme, Hugh, Mason Noah:

    ” Y es que nadie vive para sí, ni nadie muere para sí, pues si vivimos, para el Señor vivimos, y si morimos, para el Señor morimos. Así que, ya sea que vivamos, o que muramos, somos del Señor.” Romanos 14:7-9, que el cumplimiento de esta promesa colme sus corazones de Esperanza y Fe, Los acompañamos de manera fraterna.

  • Patricia Allaman Posted February 14, 2023 1:21 pm

    I am sorry that you are suffering the loss of one sooo loved! I am one of many of Judy’s friends and have joined in prayers for your son and family.. May God continue to strengthen you through these coming days, weeks, months and remembrances. The consolation being that Ben no longer suffers but basks in the glow of Heaven’s eternal love.and will help you through them all! Prayers continue for you all!

  • RAY DELINE Posted February 14, 2023 2:16 pm

    I am sorry for your loss and know now that he is with Miriam Halsey. Once again so sorry and will miss him.
    Love Always and will always keep my Prayers

  • Lew Trowbridge Posted February 14, 2023 4:59 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, Hugh. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Diane Donovan Posted February 15, 2023 11:05 am

    I can’t imagine your grief. One never expects to bury a child. My heart is with your family at this tender time. You all are an inspiration to everyone who knows you. Even though I only met you a few times, I’ve appreciated that your family has always been such a loving support to Lynnie and John and their family. Prayers and more prayers of peace at this time. Love,
    Diane Donovan

  • SANDY & STEVE ORR Posted February 16, 2023 7:34 am

    Sending our deepest sympathy to the family. You are in our prayers as you deal with this tremendous loss.

  • Linda Heussner Posted February 16, 2023 8:24 am

    What a beautiful tribute to Benjamin. I know of Benjamin through Anna Averett. I lost my brother when he was 15 and I’ will continue to lift up your family..I’m praying you’re comforted by God’s peace and by many wonderful memories of Benjamin.

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