Ryan was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, where he attended Mitchell High School and graduated in 2011. He was very active in musical activities, including Mitchell’s show choir Friend de Coup, band, and plays. He attended the University of South Dakota where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Entrepreneurial Studies in May 2015, and is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He attended Des Moines Area Community College and earned his Mortuary Science Degree in August 2016. He received his South Dakota Funeral Director's License in October 2016. Ryan has been involved in funeral service since 2010, previously serving families in Mitchell and Rapid City. Ryan joined the staff at Bittner Funeral Chapel in February 2017.
Ryan married Erika Swenson on January 30, 2016. The two are excited to move back closer to family and call Mitchell their home. Ryan and Erika enjoy hiking, watching movies, and cooking together. Ryan is the son of Todd and Nancy Boyd of Mitchell, and grandson of Ron and Eleanor Jenkins of Mitchell and Rod and Gerri Boyd of Huron. He has two brothers, Andrew, and his wife Kyla, Boyd of Glendale, Arizona and Spencer Boyd of Mitchell.
We are proud to have Ryan join Mitchell’s only family owned funeral home!