Ryan Lee Merritt, 28, of 1043 Napier Ave., Erie, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in a tragic motor vehicle accident north of Meadville.
Ryan was born in Meadville on Dec. 28, 1984, a son of Robert A. and Shelly M. Leonhart Merritt.
He married the love of his life, Bobbi Ann Stewart; she survives.
Ryan was employed as a certified nurse assistant (CNA) for Absolut Care, Westfield, N.Y. Over the past 10 years he worked as a CNA at various health care facilities including the former Beverly Heath Care in Cambridge Springs and Rolling Fields. He had previously held other jobs, but his true calling was becoming a CNA, which is where he met his wife. He loved his work and the residents he worked with, and in turn, they adored his compassionate, caring and funny personality.
Ryan enjoyed life and being out and about. He loved fishing and being out in the woods hunting. He was teaching his little ones about nature, life and looked forward to teaching them how to hunt. He was a quiet, private soul. He enjoyed quiet rides and often took his family along for company. Watching the beautiful sunsets with his wife, Bobbi, as the heavens came together was a special time for them. Ryan cherished his family, protected his children and held his dear friends tightly in his heart. When he spoke of his family, he glowed, making it evident how much he loved them all. He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his beloved wife, Bobbi Ann, Ryan is survived by a son, Domonic Allen Merritt; two stepchildren, Devon Maxwell Hood and Natalie Maddison Hood; mother, Shelly M. Merritt of Saegertown; father, Robert A. Merritt of Saegertown; three brothers, Jacob Leonhart of Mountain Top, Jason Leonhart and his wife, Pamela, of Spartansburg, and Robert A. Merritt Jr. of Meadville; his adopted mother-in-law, Dianne Williard of Erie; his dear and trusted friends, Matt Patterson, Joe Evans, Brandon Mattocks and Tony and Lisa; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Ryan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Morris and Helen Merritt; maternal grandparents, Frank and Beverly Leonhart; and an uncle, Richard Leonhart.
Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.
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