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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.