Ryan Steven Ward

Ryan Steven Ward, 36, of Columbia, MO passed away on November 7, 2017 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203. The memorial service will be held immediately following the visitation at the church, and will be officiated by Rev. Terry Overfelt. Interment will be held at Columbia Cemetery at a later date.

Ryan was born on May 30, 1981, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Steve Ward and Marilee (Hoium) Ward. He was a 1999 graduate of Rock Bridge High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri. He was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks and enjoyed seeing each team win a championship. Ryan was employed in the hospitality industry with Holiday Inn Executive Center of Columbia.

Ryan was preceded in death by grandparents Henry and Barbara Hoium, Robert Fischer and Fred Lehmann. He is survived by his mother, Marilee (John) Fischer of Columbia, MO, his father, Steven (Peggy) Ward of Bloomington,  IL, sisters Kay Fischer and Allison Ward, grandparents Dave and Bonnie Ward, Patricia Fischer, Marie Lehmann, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Broadway Christian Church, 2601 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203, or the Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital, One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63110.


  1. Casey Aandahl (and Nicole, Madeline, & Spencer Aandahl) on November 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Will miss Ryan immensely. He had a unique charisma that brought people together wherever he was and was a good friend to many throughout our time at Mizzou. Sending the family all our prayers and looking forward to paying my respects this Saturday.

  2. Bob Lambert on November 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss…

  3. Jodi Engelberg (Zundel) on November 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Dear Allison and dear Peggy,

    My heart and deep care are with you. I am so so sorry for your loss…

  4. Teresa "Mrs A" Aandahl and Capt Kevin Aandahl on November 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I have fond memories of Ryan staying overnight with Casey and all their buddies in our home on numerous occasions. His million dollar smile always brightened the room and made my day. May God bless you with strength during this time of grief.

  5. Jim and Carmel Kozak on November 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss!

  6. Cathy Franks on November 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    So sorry for your loss.
    Cathy and Jim Franks

  7. Ellizabeth Moy on November 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    he is missed, so sorry, so sad

  8. Jenny Hall on November 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Steve, Peggy and Allison,

    We are so incredibly sorry for your loss and our hearts go out to you and your family. Praying God’s peace and comfort over you now and in the months to come.
    Much love,
    Jenny and Steve Hall

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