Ryan H. Weisz


June 16, 1970 - August 19, 2009



Ryan Howard Weisz was born June 16, 1970 to Howard and Sue (Phelps) Weisz in Anaheim, CA.  The family moved to Mitchell in 1980.  Ryan attended school in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1988.  He attended Northern State College in Aberdeen for two years and Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell for a year.  He worked as a bartender for many years and was then employed at Wild Oak Golf Club for several years.  At the time of his death Ryan was a house parent at Saint Joseph Indian School.

Ryan is survived by his mother, Sue Weisz; his father, Howard and wife, Sandy Weisz; one sister, Dina and husband, Todd Duxbury and one nephew, Riley Duxbury all of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, several aunts and uncles and an infant sister.



A Memorial Fund has been established to the Saint Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain.



Sunday, August 23, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, August 24, 2009
10:30 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Kandi on August 24, 2009
Howard, Sue and family-
I can't begin to tell you how special Ryan was to all of us at St. Joe's-staff and kids alike! Ryan touched a lives of many kids. He was an advocate for the kids and cared for each and every one of them!
A friend - Man, what a loyal friend Ryan was. In times of need, he was there. In times of celebration he was there. Their wasn't anything that I couldn't call on Ryan for; a good laugh, a good story, a shoulder, to vent-You name it!
He will be truly be missed by many, many people here at St. Joes!!
Ryan, I hope you are eating some "Big ___Brownies" and "A ___ load of cornflakes. (An inside joke that some of you will understand).
Posted by Brenda Kleinjan on August 24, 2009
Sue and family - My deepest condolences on Ryan's death. In my mind, I see him popping in the newsroom door to talk to Sue quick or to drop something off and usually seemed to have a smile on his face. My heart and prayers go out to you as your mourn his passing and celebrate his life.
Posted by Doreen Hill on August 23, 2009
Howard ,Sue And Family -
We are student in the Mathias home here at st.joes indian school he was the best house parent we could ask for he will be terriblely missed by alot of us. we remember always cracking a joke with him the last night he was here with us. he was bringing back crazy memories that made me laugh. He was a person to talk to when u were in a happy or sad moment. He was a father figure to all of us. and we are going to miss him it will take sum time. PILAMEYA!!! Ryan for every thing.
Posted by donna wade on August 22, 2009
I never physically met Ryan, but through you, Sue, I've come to know Ryan, Dina, Todd and Riley very well. Just know, my dear friend, that he has left a huge legacy on this earth, with so many. He would want you to celebrate his life, not mourn it, but from what I've learned of Ryan from you, his sense of humor would slip through and he'd say, "go ahead and cry, Mom, but don't over-do it". God bless you and your family and you are in my thoughts and prayers with the deepest of sympathies.
Posted by dina duxbury ryans sister on August 21, 2009
Ryan was the best big brother anyone could ever ask for.Thank you to everyone who love him for letting us know how much you care.
Posted by sue weisz ryan's mom on August 21, 2009
Thank you all for you kind words. Ryan loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved his friends and his GIRLS.
We will miss him greatly, but we are so, so proud of the man he bacame.

Again thank you all for loving Ryan and being his friend
Posted by Julie Hinker on August 21, 2009
To Ryan's Family,
I've had the honor of working with Ryan for several years, and also had the honor to call him friend. He was a wonderful man and he will be deeply missed. Ryan touched the heart of so many students and staff here at St. Joe's, his memory will live on forever. My heart goes out to you all and please know that Ryan and your family are in my prayers.
Posted by Wini Andrews on August 21, 2009
Howard, Sue and Family - I am a coworker of Ryan's. I send my
condolences with heart felt love and prayers. Ryan could make
your day brighter and happier by just taking a minute to stop and
listen, then he would make you laugh. I will always cherish the
times of laughter, sharing and giving of Ryan's unselfish love and caring. The girls will always share the talks and time that
he took to help them with life. He did have respect for the elders as I am an elder but he still time for us all. Love, hugs and prayers.
Posted by MIKE AND DANITA ALLEN on August 20, 2009
Posted by Frank Whipple on August 20, 2009
To Ryan's family
I really don't know what to say as I know words won't take the pain away.
I have worked with Ryan for a short time at St. Joe's. In that time I found Ryan to be caring, campassionate, and I had the greatest respect for work he did with our kids. I will miss Ryan's sense of humor, wit, and common sense approach to everyday. As somebody stated earlier, thank you for your son. He was a great role model for our kids and other staff. He will be missed everyday.
Posted by April (Block) Lafferty on August 20, 2009
Howard, Sue, Family & Friends of Ryan,
I had the priviledge of working with Ryan for almost 3 years and was a wonderful advocate for the kids at St. Joes!!! They loved him! He will be truly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Frank & Wanda Bunker on August 20, 2009
Howard, Sue & Family
Please accept our heartfelt Sympathy~~~We can't begin to tell you how much we loved Ryan here in Stevens home, and at St. Joes!! Ryan has worked with us the past 5+ years in Stevens home, and He was very reliable, dependable, helpful, friendly, and an awesome man!! You did a great job in raising an amazing man one who leaves a hole in our hearts. The children here really miss Ryan, and want you to know they loved him very much!! Thanks for sharing Ryan with us.
Posted by Chad Bare on August 20, 2009
I remember becoming friends with Ryan when we were little boys. I can remember bugging the heck out of Sue with our antics. I remember Ryan throughout most of my younger life. Golf, softball, hanging out drinking beer..... Good times, good times. I remember a time when people wouldn't ask what is Ryan doing tonight or what is Chad doing tonight. They'd say what are Weisz and Bare doing tonight? Everyone should be blessed to have a friend like Ryan in their life. Ryan will always be a Brother to me.
Posted by Chris and Diana Caldwell on August 20, 2009
We are co-workers with Ryan. He is already missed by all of us at St. Joe's. He loved working with the kids and The Caldwell family has respect for this young man. We want his parents to know that they raised a great man.
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