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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Age: 28
Year of Death: 2009

Ryan M. Wingard

Ryan M. Wingard‚ 28‚ died July 6‚ 2009‚ after collapsing at the scene of a debris fire at a recently demolished house. He had been active with the Strattanville Volunteer Fire Company for less than a year and was so excited to be living his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter. He was a former member of the Knox Volunteer Fire Department.

Ryan was born January 7‚ 1981‚ the son of Dennis C. and Sharlene R. Minnick Wingard‚ and was a lifelong resident of Strattanville. He played Little League baseball. He was a 2000 graduate of Clarion-Limestone Junior-Senior High School‚ where he studied welding in the vo-tech program.

Ryan was employed by Chartwell’s at Clarion University. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Clarion‚ Pennsylvania. He enjoyed playing sports‚ fishing‚ camping‚ and his pets. He was a Steelers fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR.

Ryan is survived by his wife of eight years‚ Lynn Ishman Wingard; his parents‚ Dennis and Sharlene Wingard; his brothers‚ Brad (Robin) and Doug (Michelle) Wingard; his grandmother‚ Peggie Wingard‚ and extended family.

He was a caring person and would help anyone.

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  1. Ryan I can’t believe it’s been ten years since you passed away. Miss seeing you out and about and chatting with you. Hope you and my parents are doing good in heaven, and I hope you’re all proud of me. Till we meet again old friend.

    – Cliff Salsgiver
  2. Hey, Uncle Ryan. It’s your niece. I miss you a whole lot this time of year and I’m wrecked that I was so little when you died. I think Dad or Mom showed me a picture of you and Brandon on a tractor or something a while ago. It was the last picture they took of you.

    Dad, Mom, and me are missing you now and hope you’re having a ball up there.

    – Sarah Wingard