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Chris Robert Ryman
November 11, 1968 ~ September 26, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old
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Chris Robert Ryman, resident of Dayton, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2023 at the young age of 54. He was born on November 11, 1968 in Troy, Ohio, where he lived until graduating from Troy High School.
Chris was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ryman, his mother Colleen Keith, and his cherished pet dogs Jiggs and Sheppa.
Chris is survived by his beloved sister, Robin (Ray) Arroyo and dear nieces, Savannah (Caleb) Barlow and Tara (Kevin) Collier, all of Jacksonville, FL; step-father Justin Keith of Dayton, OH; and many extended family members. He is also survived by former loves Susan Niple and April Lawson and a large network of friends and colleagues that were dear to him.
After graduating from high school, Chris went to work for Trugreen Chemlawn for 17 years, rising through the ranks from lawn technician to sales manager of the Vandalia, Ohio branch. Along with partners, he subsequently took an equity stake in and helped build Signature Lawns in Springboro, Ohio to a size of nearly 15,000 customers and 60 employees. After the company’s acquisition, he moved to Indianapolis, IN and then Louisville, KY to start up sales offices for Unique Lawn Care. Chris was a born leader and salesman and mentored many aspiring lawn care managers and salespeople. He was more than just a manager or mentor – he was a role model, father figure and close friend to many.
Chris had a personality that was larger than life, so much so that many were shocked by his untimely passing – those who knew him thought he was invincible. He was an often-foreboding character who could hold a grudge like no one else, but he also had a heart of gold. He loved to give, spending time and money to help those in need, and was a friend to those that were lost and alone in the darkest of places. Chris loved dogs and cats and his dream was to operate an animal rescue. Although that dream was left unfulfilled, he spent his last few months doing what he loved most - feeding and caring for stray animals.
Visitation will be held at Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home in Troy, OH on Saturday, October 14, from 3-5 pm, with a short service and tribute to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the ASPCA in Chris’ memory.