In Loving Memory…

Ryan W. Cunningham

Ryan William Cunningham, 34, of Oxnard, CA, formerly of Hughesville, MO, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018, while on vacation in Mexico.

He was born July 1, 1983, in Sedalia, MO, son of Rick and Dawn (Griffin) Cunningham.

Ryan was a 2001 graduate of Northwest High School and a 2005 graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.

On August 10, 2013, in St. Joseph, MI, he was married to Leonie VanderHoff. Together they have two daughters.

Ryan worked as a hotel executive at various locations across the United States for many years and was most recently employed as the director of rooms for Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai, CA.

Ryan loved being a dad and spending time with his daughters. He was passionate about everything he did and found purpose in everything. He was a hard worker and will be remembered for being warm, kind, considerate and generous. He enjoyed traveling and exploring new places.

Surviving are his wife, Leonie; two daughters, Hanna and Grace; his mother, Dawn Cunningham, of Hughesville; his sister, Ashley Cunningham (Shaina Smith), of Kansas City; his brother, Trevor Cunningham (Lorelei), of Sedalia; his maternal grandmother, Lois Griffin, of Sedalia; and Leonie’s family who loved him as their own.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rick Cunningham; his maternal grandfather, Gary Griffin; and his paternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Cunningham.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 16, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Adrian McNally, Joseph Enayati, Luke VanderHoff and Joost Ploegmakers.

Memorials are suggested to Head for the Cure, or “In Memory of Ryan Cunningham” (a GoFundMe page set up for the future education of his daughters).

Comments

  1. Shelia Patton :

    We are so sorry for your loss.. Prayers for comfort and peace during this time.
    Mike and Shelia Patton

  2. Ashley Kerouac :

    I am so terribly sorry for your lost. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Ron and Judy Anstine :

    So very sorry for your loss…we know that it’s hard.

  4. Brenda Powell and family :

    Ryan had a brilliant mind and was heard working, driven young man. It is a true loss to the Northwest High School community –we were so proud to call him one of our own. My sincere prayers to Dawn and Trevor and the rest of the family.

  5. Cindy Bentley :

    Thinking of your family!! I’m so sorry for your loss!

  6. It’s so sad to hear of this. Ryan was truly very kind and friendly. My heart goes out to the family. He will be greatly missed.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Remember how Ryan always had a smile on his face and a plan for fun.

  8. Carol Robertson :

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort to your entire family at this difficult time.

  9. Dawn,
    There are no words…please know that I am thinking of you and your family.

  10. Steve and Doris Jolly :

    So sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Linda sawford :

    So sorry Dawn. You and your family is in MN y prayers.
    Stanley and Linda Sawford

  12. Jenny Blakleu :

    I am so sorry and send love and prayers for all. God be with you and provide you all in whatever way you need!
    ❤️ Jenny Blakley

  13. Linda Hawkins :

    Dawn, my heart breaks for you. I will keep you and your grandchildren in my prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  14. Sarah Ghesquiere :

    I am heartbroken by the news of Ryan’s passing. I know Leonie, Hannah and Grace will find comfort in the love of family and friends and the memory of this amazing father, husband, son, brother and friend. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

  15. Ray and Debbie Murray :

    We are heartbroken to hear about Ryan. He was just a terrific young man with such a zest for life! We will remember all the great times spent with him and his wonderful family during the Legion baseball days. Our love, deepest sympathy, and prayers for his entire family.

  16. Holly Richardson :

    So sorry to hear this!! We will be praying for your family.

  17. John and Nell Howse (Van den Akker) :

    We are thinking and praying for the family….
    Words cannot express the sorrow nor heartache that you are all going through…
    Treasure the memories of the past for the future generation (their girls) (their dad/father)
    May you find comfort in the love that you shared…

  18. Tobias Halama :

    Very sorry for your loss.
    We worked at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Miami together years ago.
    Your family is in our prayers.

    Tobias Halama and family
    from Bonn, Germany

  19. Henk Vander hoff :

    Dear family Cunningham ,Henny and Henk van der Hoff send you codolences with the loss of your sun, brother, husband from Leonie and father of their little girls .We will be praying tor you. Love Henny and Henk.

  20. Lambert, Tina, Boden and Landric VanderMade :

    We are so sorry for your lost. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. hilde Joosten :

    Lieve Familie, Wat jullie nu meemaken is met geen pen te beschrijven…! Echt hierbij wens ik jullie ontzettend veel sterkte toe met dit grote verlies van Ryan! Ik ben in gedachten bij jullie allemaal! Ik steek een kaarsje voor jullie op! Liefs Harco en Hilde

  22. Cheryl Preuitt :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

  23. Riekie Joosten, Dianne, Linda, Koen and families :

    Those we love don’t go away.
    they walk beside us every day.
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    still loved, still missed and very dear.

    We wish you strength to bear this great loss. Your family is in our thoughts.

  24. Stewart and Foka Bruinsma and Family :

    Dear Leonie and family,
    Our hearts are broken and grieving with all of you.
    Our prayer is that the Lord will comfort and surround you with His loving arms in these very difficult days.
    Sending heartfelt HUGS and LOVE…..
    The Bruinsma Family

  25. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

  26. Angelique van der Made :

    I am very sorry for your loss and I wish you strength for all family and friends. Gecondoleerd en ontzettend veel sterner.

  27. Melissa Lackey :

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. There are no words. Thinking of his family and friends.

  28. Wilfred and Francine Peters :

    Dear Leonie, families and friends, we have no words to comfort you, but know that you are in our thoughts. May beautiful memories in time be of comfort to you all.

  29. Lalene Albers Harrison :

    So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Koos van der Hoff :

    Leonie en familie van harte gecondoleerd met dit verschrikkelijke verlies. Wij leven intens met jullie mee. Ome Koos en kinderen

  31. Terri Leddon Hutto :

    Love and strength for Ryan’s family. Words cannot express the sorrow of his passing. Praying for peace and God’s grace in the days to come for his family.

  32. Bert & Corrie Vander Made :

    So very sorry for your loss….May happy memories carry you through this time.

  33. Debbie, Terri, James and John :

    Words can never express our sorrow in the passing of Ryan. It was with excitement that we were able to meet our newly found family several yers ago and instantly felt we had known them all our lives. Special prayers for strength to Dawn, Ashley, Trevor, Leonie and their two precious daughters in the days to come.

  34. Marsha Delancy :

    I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss………..
    I had the pleasure of working with Ryan many years ago at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami, Florida.
    I pray that God will grant you the strength you need during this most difficult time.
    My most sincere condolences to the entire family.

    Marsha Delancy and Family
    Nassau, Bahamas

  35. Martijn & Marloes & Melle :

    Heartbroken, no words, we are so sad… All our sympathy on the loss of Ryan.
    Our hearts go out to the family, we are thinking of all of you during this difficult time from the Netherlands.

  36. Dennis , Geri Wickerd :

    Dennis and Geri Wickerd and Family
    My dear cousin,Cunningham family,
    Our hearts are broken and we grieve with all of you. Sending our prayers and blessing to you. Our blessing is that our heavenly father is awaiting with his arms wide open to welcome you into his kingdom. May you as a family feel the warmth and comfort of his loving arms .

  37. Dear Leonie, so sorry to hear about Ryan. It must be extremely hard for you. Take good care, for the family and for your lovely daughters. My deep condolences for your loss.

  38. George & Annemarie Ghesquiere :

    Dear Jan, Truus & Leonie:
    Our very deepest sympathy over the loss of Ryan. Our thoughts and sorrow are with
    you.
    George and Annemarie Ghesq;uiere

  39. Mollie Ison- Chin and Ritchie Chin :

    Dear Cunningham family, I’m at a loss for words. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your son, brother, father and husband. I pray God will take all of you in his loving arms and bless you with comfort and peace. Take care of yourselves and love each other through this hard and difficult time. God bless all of you. Love Mollie and Ritchie

  40. Carlos and Alison Beltran :

    Dear Leonie, we are so sorry about your loss, we keep you and your girls in our prayers and thoughts. Ryan was a great husband and dad, our hearts go to you all.

    Stay strong, and know you can count with us for anything you need.

  41. Herman en Ans van der Hoff :

    Lieve Leonie, Hanna, Grace, Familie Vanderhoff en Fam Cunningham,
    van Harte Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Ryan, je man, papa, schoonzoon en zoon. Laat de mooie herinneringen aan Ryan jullie kracht en steun geven.
    In gedachten zijn we bij jullie.
    Herman en Ans

  42. Courtney Skyrme :

    All our thoughts are with you, the girls, and your families, Leonie. It was a privilege to have known Ryan and we are devastated by the loss. We are here for you if you ever need anything at all.

    All our love, Conan and Courtney Skyrme

  43. Paul and Debbie Andre :

    So sorry and sad for your loss. Praying for Gods strength and comfort for you all.

  44. Harold and Mary Jo Williams :

    Dawn, We were so sorry to hear of your loss of Ryan, Our prayers are for you and your family that God will comfort you at this time.

  45. Maarten, Annemiek & Elena Rockx (Verwaijen) :

    Our condolences to the Cunningham and Van der Hoff family. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Heel veel sterkte!

  46. Bernard Betsie Joosten Ilse, Hilde,Bart en familie :

    Lieve Leonie, Hanna, Grace en verdere familie,
    Van Harte Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Ryan.
    Heel veel sterkte gewenst in deze moeilijke tijd en dat de herinnering aan Ryan
    jullie kracht en moed zullen geven!
    In gedachten zijn we bij jullie!

  47. Wouda en Michel :

    Leonie en dochters Truus en Jan en verdere familie van harte gecondoleerd met het verlies van je man en vader en schoonzoon heel veel sterkte in deze moeilijke tijd we denken aan jullie hartelijke groeten van Wouda en Michel Walraven

  48. Rozemarie Ploegmakers :

    Lieve Leonie, Grace en Hannie.
    Woorden kunnen niet uitdrukken hoe groot het verdriet voor jullie moet zijn. Met heel mijn hart wil ik jullie en de familie van derHoff en Cunningham veel sterkte wensen in deze moeilijke tijd.
    Liefs, Rozemarie

  49. Rozemarie Ploegmakers :

    Lieve Leonie, Grace en Hanna

    Woorden kunnen niet uitdrukken hoe groot het verdriet voor jullie moet zijn. Met heel mijn hart wil ik jullie en de familie van derHoff en Cunningham veel sterkte wensen in deze moeilijke tijd.
    Liefs, Rozemarie

  50. Sarah and Steve Broadbent :

    Love and prayers to your family.

  51. Rosie Crosswhite and family :

    So sorry for your loss. Ryan always gave his all in whatever he did. Prayers go out to all of Ryan’s family.

  52. Krystal & Dan Whitfield :

    There are no words to express our sincere sympathy for your loss. It was our privilege to meet Ryan several years ago in Miami when he showed us such kindness and generousity. Your entire family will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  53. Rosie Crosswhite and family :

    So sorry for your loss. Ryan was a special person. Prayers for all .

  54. Dawn,
    My prayers and love sent to you for your loss. So sorry.

  55. Ome Cees en tante Verony en familie :

    Lieve Leoni, en de kindjes Hanna en Grace en de hele familie, die zo zwaar getroffen zijn door het overlijden van Ryan, waar jullie vandaag afscheid van hebben genomen. Een zeer groot verdriet is jullie overkomen. Wij leven heel erg met jullie mee, en hebben gebeden voor kracht, om dit zware offer te dragen .

  56. Kevin Shireman and family :

    Dawn, so sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  57. I had the privilege of working with Ryan at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, CA. Ryan was THE person many of us aspire to become. He gave his all and expected nothing in return. He set such a high bar that no individual could ever hope to match on their own. Ryan was brilliant…SMART, kind, caring, genuine, fair, transparent, helpful, passionate, and hard working. He was a great leader and a highly respected mentor. Ryan was always so organized and prepared. It’s difficult for me to accept and understand the passing of such a kind and intelligent person. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to Leonie, the Cunningham family & friends.

  58. Leoni, I am so very sorry to hear of your difficult news. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  59. Theresa Bell ne: Joosten :

    So sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Cathy Joosten and family.

  60. Harry Eisenhard :

    Dear Leonie, I am so sorry for you loss, may God look over you and family. You will be my prayers.

  61. Dear Leonie and entire family,

    Ryan was an amazing individual. He interviewed me for my current role as Executive Chef at Hotel Bel Air and gave me some pointers in that interview that will forever stay with me. Subsequently I was hired and became the executive chef and had a great relationship working with him here at Hotel Bel Air. When I heard this news I was stunned and could not believe it to be true as I am sure it came to all of you. Ryan loved life and you were excited to be around him in any form. Its a terrible loss but I would only add that my entire family will hold him and your family in this time of need. Blessing to you Leone and your beautiful daughters.

  62. Alimayu K. Makonnen :

    Dear Leonie, my heart goes out to you and your family for the sudden loss of Ryan. My family and I will keep you and your family in our prayers and thoughts. And, we will continue to beseech the most high to grace you, Hanna and Grace with his strength, blessings and love.

    Alimayu K. Makonnen & Family

  63. Dear Leonie;
    We are so sad when we heard about Ryan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. He was always so pleasant when he would bring Hanna to school. He was a wonderful father. He will be missed by all the Tutor Time Staff. We are here for you and the girls if you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to ask

  64. Lynn Matzenger :

    I was so saddened to hear of Ryan’s passing from Rosa. He always gave me a warm hello and smile when dropping Hanna off in the mornings. My thoughts and prayers are with you, the girls, and your entire family at this time. May you take comfort in the memories that you each have of him and know that he is with you and will live within your hearts…

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Miss Lynn
    Infant Teacher

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