Ryan Exline was killed in an auto accident yesterday. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel. Ryan has been a big part of Audubon for a long time…
Ryan attended home school programs with his family when he was in high school. He became our youngest Eaglekeeper before he was technically old enough to perform such duties. However, because of his maturity and responsibility, the Eagle team had no problem letting him start early. He was the 2004 recipient of our Audubon scholarship which he used to attend a herpetology camp in Vermont. When he returned, he was instrumental in setting up some of our herp programs for teens.
Ryan, I cannot even believe you are gone… You will be missed by all…
Here is the full Obituary from the Warren Times Observer:
Ryan Paul Exline, 22, of 4945 Rte 957, Russell, PA, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Ryan was born November 26, 1986, in Canton, Ohio, the son of James and Robyn (Hemsley) Samuelson, Russell. Ryan was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Homeschooling program and was a graduate student at Duke University, studying for a Conservation Degree. While at college he worked parttime in the Duke University Lab.
Ryan was a member of the Wiltsie Community Church and was formerly involved with the Busti Church of God youth group. He was a member of the Jamestown Audubon Society and enjoyed wildlife and skiing.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Aubree Rinderle and her husband, Greg, Pittsburgh and Alyssa Samuelson, at home; four brothers, Jarod Samuelson and his wife, Kari, Portland, Ore., Joshua Samuelson and his wife, Christy, Erie, and Jacob and Jonah Samuelson, both at home; maternal grandparents, Bill and Betty Hemsley, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; five nieces, one nephew, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, David and Dorothy Titus; and paternal grandfather, Milton Samuelson.
Friends will be received at the Wiltsie Community Church, 65 Swede Hill Road, Russell, on Saturday, December 20, 2008 for two hours prior to a memorial service to be held there at 4 p.m., with Rev. Todd Venman, pastor, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wiltsie Community Church Building Fund, 65 Swede Hill Rd., Russell, PA 16345 or Jamestown Audubon Society, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.