Ryan P. Goertz

ryan p. goertz
Ryan Paul Goertz, 38, passed away at his residence in Minot, ND from diabetic complications on December 28, 2016. Ryan, the son of Cheri (Fahey) and James H. Goertz, was born November 19, 1978 in Sioux City, IA.  In 1985, he moved with his family to North Dakota.  He attended elementary school in Wilton, ND until he moved with his family to Minot in 1989.  In 1997 he graduated from Bishop Ryan High School.  He was united in marriage to Jessica Hoffer on August 14, 1998.  They later divorced. Ryan was very active in Boy Scouts in his younger years.  He was employed by a variety of jobs, including R.E.M. and most recently Ryan Chevrolet.  Ryan was an avid fisherman and would take any opportunity to get near the water or on the ice.  He had a deep love for his animals, especially his boxer Tyson.  He also had a colorful collection of bearded dragons and fish. Ryan is survived by his daughter; Emily Goertz, Minot, ND, parents; Cheri and James H Goertz, Hillsboro, ND; sisters; Jami (Mike) Kastning, Elk Point, SD and Jacque (Gerald) Erickson, Jamestown, ND; nieces and nephews; Julia (Alex Brown) Lovell, Fargo, ND, Mitchell Lovell, Hillsboro, ND, Abigail, Nora, and Patrick Kastning, all of Elk Point, SD; and great nephew; Oliver Brown, Fargo, ND.  He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, 2 aunts, 3 uncles, and his beloved dog Terra. Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 1:00pm at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo with visitation starting at 12:00pm. Burial will take place in the spring at Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson, NE. Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guestbook available at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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  1. Thinking of your family during this extremely difficult time. Prayers to you all, much love ❤️ Rest In Peace Ryan 🙏

    Brenda Olson

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ryan was a good man and a great friend. I will miss him so much.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Ryan was a great guy as I only met him a few times, He worked for my dad. So sorry for your loss.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss. Ryan was a great friend & co-worker. He had such a comforting soft voice and always had a smile for everyone.

  5. We are all sorry for your loss. Ryan was a great friend & co-worker. His presence will truly be missed. We all enjoyed working with him. He always had a kind word for everyone.

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss, what a shock, Ryan is cemented in my thoughts as a little brother. Love and prayers are with you today.

  7. Thinking of you, Cheri and Jim, and holding you in our prayers. Blessed be the memory of Ryan.

  8. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
    I attended elementary school with Ryan in Wilton and will never forget his great smile & personality

  9. Dear Cheri, Jim and family: I am so, so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I am almost at a loss for words and I can’t imagine the pain you are going through. Please accept our sympathies and let us know if there is something we can do for you, besides pray. You are in our thoughts.
    Ray and Becky Foss

  10. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May the God of all comfort be with Ryan’s family and friends during this time of intense grief and always. (Isaiah 41:10) I’m so sorry for your loss. (Rev 21:3,4)(John 5:28)

  11. Dear Cheri, Jim, and Emily.
    The video is beautiful and it certainly lets some of us (former classmates) ‘know’ Ryan and what his life was about. He was and always will be an integral of your lives–his death leaves a large ache in your hearts. Eternal rest now to Ryan and God’s comfort to you. Prayers for you all.

  12. Cheri and Jim….I am so shocked and saddened to read about the loss of your son! What a tragic, life changing experience. My heart felt prayers and hugs for you and all the family! Just today I was talking to Mary (Worden) about La Petit!! And neither one of us could bring up your last name!! Then I came home and opened the paper. Ryan is a very handsome son! Again prayers of peace for your family! Love, Cathy (Tracy) Seiler

  13. He was a good friend of mine. Drove all the way from minot to Pennsylvania to hang out with me for my birthday. Don’t He was so kind and caring. Not many friends like that.

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