Ryan Verhaalen

Ryan Patrick Verhaalen, a lifelong resident of the Town of Saukville, died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep at home in the early morning of Sept. 27, 2022, when his heart failed. Ryan was 44 years old.

  Ryan was born at St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee on April 22, 1978, to parents Roger and Alice (Korneli) Verhaalen.

Ryan was a 1996 graduate of Ozaukee High School.

Ryan will be lovingly remembered by his father Roger; his siblings Susan (Daniel) Kannenberg, Michael (Leeann) Verhaalen and Jill (Greg) Sieren.

He was also very fondly regarded by nieces and nephews Nathaniel (Nadxiieli) Kannenberg and their two daughters, Nicholas, Kelly, Jonathan and Olivia Verhaalen and Benjamin, Jesse, Reily and Charles Sieren. Ryan is further survived by his aunt Marcella (Jerry) Bell, cousins, other relatives and friends.

  Ryan was preceded in death by his mother Alice Verhaalen, aunt Loretta and uncle Earl Paape, uncle Raymond and aunt Mary Verhaalen and uncle Clarence and aunt Catherine Verhaalen.

  Ryan was an intelligent man with a talent for building and fixing many things mechanical, plumbing, electrical and wood. He also had immense competence in computers and electronics.

Ryan was most recently employed at EST Corp. in Grafton in tool and die repair.

Ryan had a soft spot and large heart for animals, most of all his cat Lucky, who appeared as a frightened stray but warmed to Ryan, who well loved and cared for her with attention, food, toys and a warm home.

  Ryan had a love of the outdoors and nature. He made many gallons of maple syrup, homemade wine and beer. He liked keeping the birdfeeders filled and providing food in the winter for the squirrels. He enjoyed deer hunting both locally and on his dad’s land in northern Wisconsin. Ryan loved that property and spent much time making it comfortable for his loved ones and himself. His father, siblings and other close family spent the weekend before Ryan’s passing in this space he so loved. His family is grateful for this time and the wonderful memories made that weekend.

  A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 4 until 5:45 p.m.

Ryan will be laid to rest next to his mother at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Newburg on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to your local animal shelter/humane society or the animal rescue of your choice.

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