It is with a very heavy heart that we write about the wonderful young man who was taken from our family much too early. To those who knew him, Ryan Patton was a strong hard-working guy, with a big heart and an easy-going spirit. Ryan never hesitated to help a friend or stranger in need, whether it was fixing cars, home repairs, or assisting someone who was stuck in a ditch. It goes without saying that Ryan will be missed by many. He is loved deeply by his family and friends, and the incredible outpouring of support we’ve received is truly a testament to Ryan’s character as well as to the strength of our community. We would like to thank our friends, the community and authorities for supporting our family through this ordeal. Words simply aren’t enough to describe our gratitude to you all.