Ryan M. Wingard‚ 28‚ died July 6‚ 2009‚ after collapsing at the scene of a debris fire at a recently demolished house. He had been active with the Strattanville Volunteer Fire Company for less than a year and was so excited to be living his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter. He was a former member of the Knox Volunteer Fire Department.
Ryan was born January 7‚ 1981‚ the son of Dennis C. and Sharlene R. Minnick Wingard‚ and was a lifelong resident of Strattanville. He played Little League baseball. He was a 2000 graduate of Clarion-Limestone Junior-Senior High School‚ where he studied welding in the vo-tech program.
Ryan was employed by Chartwell’s at Clarion University. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Clarion‚ Pennsylvania. He enjoyed playing sports‚ fishing‚ camping‚ and his pets. He was a Steelers fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR.
Ryan is survived by his wife of eight years‚ Lynn Ishman Wingard; his parents‚ Dennis and Sharlene Wingard; his brothers‚ Brad (Robin) and Doug (Michelle) Wingard; his grandmother‚ Peggie Wingard‚ and extended family.
He was a caring person and would help anyone.