Ryan Mayer

ryan mayer

Ryan F. Mayer, 40, Casselton was granted the miracle of eternal life with Christ, Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the Palliative Care Unit of MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.

Ryan was born May 26, 1969 to Francis and Delila (Hauck) Mayer in Dickinson, ND. Ryan attended and graduated from Mott High School in 1987. He then pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag/Econ at NDSU, graduating in 1991. During his college years, Ryan was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. In 1992, Ryan was hired by the St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives which later merged with CoBank where he continued to work as a Senior Credit Analyst until his death. Ryan married the love of his life, Lori Schlecht on September 21, 2002 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church. To this union, three beautiful children were born; Matthew, Andrew, and Maria.

Ryan enjoyed helping family and friends with the wheat and sugar beet harvest. He loved to be in the yard, riding his John Deere mower or tending his roses. He enjoyed snowmobiling, dancing, camping with his family, and taking his kids on walks to see the trains. Ryan was very handy, working on many projects in his garage. He loved Nascar, Fighting Sioux Hockey, the Minnesota Twins and the Green Bay Packers. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #11930, where he held multiple positions including Grand Knight. He was Recording Secretary of the FarmHouse Association Board for many years and Vice President of the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club. Ryan and his wife Lori were passionate about being a sponsor couple at their church for those preparing for marriage.

Ryan was known for being a strong, steady, faith-filled person who learned the lessons of life from his Grandpa Mayer. His faith matured at Search retreats where he inspired others to grow in their walk with Christ.  He was a gentle, loving husband and father.  Ryan will be remembered as one who took to heart the motto of St. Francis of Assisi:  "Preach the Gospel always...if necessary, use words."

Ryan is survived by his loving wife, Lori and children, Matthew, Andrew, Maria, all of Casselton; parents, Francis and Delila, Mott ND; siblings, Darwyn (Rachael) Mayer, Mott ND, ManaRae (Ken) Schaan, Oakdale MN, Jill (Dave) Fink, New Brighton MN, Christian (Rebekah) Mayer, Brooklyn Center MN;  grandparents, Raphael and Regina Hauck, Dickinson ND, and many other family members. Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank F. and Bertha Mayer.

Memorials preferred to Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church or the Ryan F. Mayer Cancer Fund at Gate City Bank.

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  1. Wimbledon ND
    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you.When reading through footprints, we just know that God carries us through times like these. Yours and Ryans faith is such a ministry to everyone. It is hard loosing someone so special!!!
    Donna & Bob Peterson

  2. Richardton ND
    I’m very sorry hear about Ryan’s death. I met him through Search and became involved as a FarmHouse sister because of his support and encouragement. My condolences to all of Ryan’s family and friends.

  3. Wimbledon ND
    Our thoughts and prayers to Lori and her family. And to Mike and Judy, if there is anything that you need please feel free to ask.

  4. Forest Lake MN
    I was very sad to hear of Ryan’s death. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I met him through Search and where he helped me grow in my faith. He will always be remembered.
    God Bless
    JoLynn (Hecker) Schumacher

  5. Fargo ND
    Our sympathy to Ryan’s immediate and extended family. We enjoyed working with Ryan at CoBank and also enjoyed the relationship with his family. This is very shocking news, however, I know based on Ryan’s faith and that of his family his influence and drive will live on.
    Our prayers are with you.

    Connie and Kathy

  6. Wimbledon ND
    So sorry to hear about the loss of Ryan. You are all in our prayers during this difficult time. We will pray for strength and patience during this time.

    Carol, Zach and Matt Peterson

  7. Lori,
    I’m so sorry about Ryan. What a loss for you and our community. My sympathy to you & your family.
    May God be your comfort.

  8. Mansfield Ohio Dear Francis and Delila
    Please accept our sympathy at this sad time. I was shocked to read through the Dickinson Press internet that you lost your beloved Ryan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    We went through the same situation of losing our son 30 years ago.

    With deepest sympathy,
    cousin Kenneth and Frances Hagel
    Mansfield, Ohio

  9. Chaska MN
    So sorry to hear about Ryan. The short time I got to know him I witnessed a gentle, loving, Christian and family man. God speed and may he rest in peace.

    Bob Muellenbach

  10. Fargo North Dakota
    Thoughts/Prayers are with you Lori and the children & the rest of your families.
    No more suffering for Ryan.
    God Bless you all.

  11. Dickinson ND
    So sorry to hear of your family loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Not sure if we will make down, or if part of my family will come. All depends on the weather and work schedules.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Aunt Bonnie, Uncle Rod and family

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