Ryan Carden

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Ryan C. Carden, 40, Burnsville, MN, formerly of Grand Forks, ND passed away Friday, March 22, 2013.

Ryan Christopher Carden was born March 21, 1973 in Grand Forks, ND to Terry and Julie (Jorgensen) Carden.  Ryan grew up in Grand Forks where he graduated from Victory Christian Academy.  He attended UND school of nursing and became a registered nurse.  He moved to Burnsville where he worked in the home healthcare field in the Minneapolis area.  He was once awarded by his employer Nurse of the Year.  His interest in martial arts started early in his life.  He earned several black belts.  He started a martial arts school in Grand Forks.   His interest in martial arts followed him to Burnsville where he opened the Wu Chi Martial Arts School. 

He was kind and loving and he enjoyed family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Terry and Julie Carden, Port Orange, FL; sister, Cheryl (Brian) Bostad, Grand Forks, ND; grandparents, Ada and Arden Jorgensen, Fargo, ND; aunts, Nancy (John) McAlin, Bayside, CA, Jane (Steve) Peterson, Fargo, ND; uncles, Alan (Cleo) Jorgensen, Rapid City, SD, Rick (Kathy) Jorgensen, Fargo, ND; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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  1. North Fort Myers FlI could not believe this to be true. Ryan was such a great person to be around. I can surley feel your loss. God will give you the strength to go on. He is our refuge and our strength. Look to Him to get through this sorrowfull time. I miss you all.

  2. Richfield MN
    I loved to see Ryan at Canterbury every year. Such a funny, friendly, nice guy. I had a table at Breeder’s Cup time in November and Ryan and Jason joined me and had lots of laughs. The last time I saw him. Glad I have great memories. Ryan, his family and friends are in my prayers.

  3. Moorhead MN
    Although it’s been several years, it seems like just yesterday our families were attending church together. What a blessing it was to know your family. We were so sorry to hear about Ryan and wanted you to know our hearts and prayers go out to you. May God comfort you and give you strength till you meet again in heaven. In Christ’s love, Dean and Brenda Qualley and Family

  4. Grand Forks ND
    So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, never-can- forget person to have known. Ryan had the funniest personality. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Grand Forks N.D
    .Dear Terry, Julie and Cheryl… I am so very sorry for your great loss! My heart sunk when I heard the news of Ryan’s passing. A flood of memories swept threw my mind as I so clearly remember the joy and laughter Ryan brought to me, in the classroom, as his math teacher. Often we would start class with his “Word-O-Wisdom” from his little canister that contained his humorous thoughts… As he would pull out a little slip of paper from the can, we all knew we were in for a good laugh! His smile is a vivid picture in my heart and mind! I am blessed to have known your son… My family has held you and your family in high regards all these years. My pray for you is that God’s grace and peace will sustain you and His love and comfort will help you thru this tremendous loss. With heartfelt sympathy, Kim Keller

  6. Brandt, SD My heart aches today at the loss of a wonderful , beautful human being. I was also one of the very first nurses to be hired by AHC and worked with Ryan for three years. He was a wonderful nurse and a sweet guy. The world lost someone very special but heaven gained an angel. I am sorry for your loss. Nancy Barnes

  7. apple valley MN
    I’ve been a Kung Fu student of Ryan’s for the past year. He was a great teacher and he will be dearly missed.

  8. GrandForks ND
    Julie,Terry and Cheryl, So sorry to hear of Ryans passing. My thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It was an honor to watch him grow into the compassionate person he became. You were wonderful parents raising him in the ways of the Lord. Cheryl you were the best sister to Ryan. His life impacted others more than you know. Take peace that you will be united again in the Lord. Much love and prayers, Terrie & Ron and family

  9. Grand Forks ND
    Terry and Julie. So sorry to see the news of the loss of your son. You are in my thoughts at this time of sorrow. God bless.

  10. I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Ryan stocking shelves overnight at Target quite a few years ago. I will always remember him as a funny guy who could be quite a prankster! He also had a real sweet, sensitive side. I am pleased to see he went on to obtain his nursing degree.

  11. I met Ryan, years ago, when he was a nursing student doing a practicum at our Health Dept. He made such a great impression as an intelligent, kind, engaged person. I know he will be missed greatly. I remember him now with sadness in my heart, knowing he left this earth too soon. Peace and prayers coming to his loved ones.

  12. Silver Spring MarylandI met Ryan about 10 years ago. He came to my house on two occasions and we visited several museums, including the D.C. Smithsonian Zoo, American History, Natural History, and the Space and Air Museums. He was a wonderful and considerate guest with a great sense of humor, a sensitive and caring nature, and most of all, he was a good friend. Just several days ago I invited him to see the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin across from the Jefferson Memorial. I was very fond of Ryan and will always miss him very, very much.

    With much love and sympathy,


  13. You were an amazing person, my friend. From the first day I met you to the last day we hung out 22 years later you always made me laugh and were always a great friend! I’ll miss you!

    Julie and Terry, you raised a great person and friend. Thank you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for all being a part of my life!

  14. San Jose CARest in Piece Ryan. You will always be remembered for your kindness, generosity and levity. Though your time here has come to a sorrowful end I will always cherish the friendship we had and keep your memory close to my heart. My deepest sympathies and best wishes to all of your family and friends.

  15. Lengby Minnesota
    To all of the family.
    I am so sorry you the loss of this young
    member of our family. It was nice seeing
    Ryan at the reunion and having the opportunity of visiting with him.
    He will be missed by all.

    There really are no words that can ease the pain of Ryan`s passing, Please know that I share in that pain.

    Love, Bill Brown *=

  16. Grand Forks ND
    Dear family of Ryan,
    I had the pleasure of knowing Ryan when he was a nursing student at UND. He completed an internship at Grand Forks Public Health Dept. and expressed great enthusiasm for his career as a nurse. He kept in touch with us for a few years after graduation. I am deeply saddened to hear of his death. Please accept my sincere condolences.


  18. Jamestown ND
    I just heard the sad news I’m very sorry for your loss! I haven’t seen Ryan in years but you will be missed my friend!

    Jay Dugan

  19. Port Orange FLMy heartfelt condolances to all of the family, friends and acquaintances of Ryan. He was an awesome young man who was selfless in helping others through his work as a nurse and also as a martial arts leader. Terry, Julie & Cheryl: my heart breaks for the grief you must feel – but remember we have the greatest promise given to us by our Father: “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. I pray for God’s love, comfort and grace overcome you as He walks you through this difficult time in your lives. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
    In Christ’s love, Laurie & family

  20. East Grand Forks MN
    Julie, Terry and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss!!! We have many fond memories of Ryan. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  21. Fargo ND
    My most sincere condolences to Ryan’s family as they mourn his loss. I graduated from the UND College of Nursing with Ryan. He was an unforgetable part of our class. I’m so glad to have known him.

  22. Dandridge TNOur thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ryan was instrumental in helping our family while my son was recovering, and we will always hold a special place in our hearts and prayers for Ryan. He was a special friend to Jason.

  23. Thompson ND
    I wish to offer my sincerest condolences on the loss of Ryan. I worked with him at Target in what seems a lifetime ago. He was a fun young man and I enjoyed talking to him and hearing his offbeat perspective on things. It only took a moment to realize what a large and kind heart he had.

    My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  24. New Richmond WIRyan will be dearly missed. Although I haven’t talked to him directly in a while, I thought about him and the times back in Grand Forks often.

  25. Dear Carden family- Ryan made such an impression on so many people whose path he crossed. May you find comfort in knowing he made so many others smile as you continue on with his memory.

  26. Fargo ND
    My most sincere condolences to Ryan’s family as they mourn his passing. Ryan & I graduated from the UND College of Nursing together. I will never forget him. He was such a special part of our class. His loss will certainly be felt by all those that were lucky enough to know him.

  27. East Grand Forks MN
    Dear Julie,Terry and Cheryl – My sister Barb Skyberg just told me this very sad news. So sorry to hear this.
    I wish you strength in the months and years ahead and hugs to you all. GOD Bless.

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