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Zoeller Funeral Home

615 Landa, New Braunfels, TX

OBITUARY

Ryan Jay Bielke

1 July , 19955 May , 2019
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Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgment and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33

On July 1, 1995, a blonde-haired, green-eyed angel was born to Lance and Peggy Bielke. Two years later, he became a big brother to Gregory. From Marion, the family moved to New Braunfels in 2007. Ryan graduated from New Braunfels Canyon High School in 2013. He graduated from Texas State University majoring in Kinesiology. Prior to his illness, he was on the path to complete a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in June of 2019 from South College in Tennessee.

Ryan completed multiple half-marathons, half-iron man, and three Texas Water Safaris. He found great joy on the riverbanks of the Guadalupe River fly-fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, tying flies, and hiking. He was a jack of all trades from woodworking, crocheting, kneeboarding and hunting. Even when he was training and pushing his own body to its limit, Ryan made time to encourage others. All while doing this, he fell in love with Marina Nolen. Marina felt his love through his sweetness, contagious smile, and his laughter that would fill the room. She continued to love and support him throughout his illness.

In February 2019, Ryan was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. No one was surprised about his demeanor as he never stopped fighting or questioned God’s plan. Ryan was fortunate to attend a Reel Recovery fly fishing weekend event for cancer patients. Team Ryan made an impressive showing at the Comal County Relay for Life when they raised over $13,000 in just 5 days. Ryan was awarded Rookie of the Year.

Ryan Jay Bielke, 23, of New Braunfels, Texas went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2019. Ryan is survived by his parents, Lance and Peggy Bielke; brother, Gregory Bielke; girlfriend, Marina Nolen; grandmothers, Betty Jiral and Lorene Bielke; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Ryan was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Raymond Benedict Jiral and Lee Jay Bielke. Ryan will always be remembered by his family and friends for his optimistic nature, love of life, and, most of all, his smiling face. The family is asking for everyone to PAY IT FORWARD and remember Ryan by doing random acts of kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Reel Recovery at www.reelrecovery.org or to the Wade Busby Memorial, PO Box 736, Marion, TX 78124.

Visitation will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, New Braunfels, Texas on Thursday, May 9 from 4-8 pm. Services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Friday, May 10 at 1 pm. Burial will follow at the Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery in Zuehl, Texas.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

  • DONATIONS

  • Reel Recovery
  • Wade Busby Memorial

Services

  • Public Visitation Thursday, 9 May , 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, 10 May , 2019
  • Burial Friday, 10 May , 2019

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Ben Pfeiffer

14 May 2019

I was saddened to learn about Ryan’s passing. I had gotten to know Ryan when he was a freshman and sophomore in high school. I was a YoungLife leader here in New Braunfels and was constantly bugging him to go to club on Monday’s nights. He did come several times and I got to know him in those times. His wild blond curly hair always stood out. He was so kind hearted and such a great kid. One time I texted him about an game night we were doing and he told me he wanted to go but was so busy with sports that he couldn’t make it. He made it a point to tell me what a great time he had previously and if he could make it he would. He stood out in his thoughtfulness. Most kids his age at the time never did anything like that. After hearing about his passing, I remembered that I might still have his number in my contacts. Sure enough I did and it brought back memories of the lasting impression he left with me. My prayers are with his family and friends. Such an incredible young man, he will surely be remembered by all those that meet him.

Georgia Gonzalez

10 May 2019

I remember Lance coming to work everyday beaming proud of his beautiful family. From skeet shooting to river rafting to yearly festivals in New Braunfels, Lance would never miss an opportunity to let others know how he cherishes every single moment with those he holds most dear to his heart, his family. I remember his son Ryan being awarded scholarships for going to college at Texas State. How is parents eyes beamed at the Christmas party when talking about their beautiful boys. Rene and I promise to pay kindness forward in thoughtful respect to Ryan's memory. Very truly yours, The Gonzalez Family

Tim Kolbe

10 May 2019

Cheryl and I are saddened by your loss. Please accept our condolences and prayers for your family from our extended Kolbe and Tudyk families.
Tim.

Kimmy (Barton) Gross

9 May 2019

Heaven has gained another angel.. may Ryan rest in eternal peace.. thoughts and continued prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.. 🙏

Donna Kott

9 May 2019

Our family is keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and comfort you all.

Billy and Donna Kott

Sandy Whitstine

8 May 2019

May God bless you all. Prayers for the family. Fly high sweet Ryan with those beautiful wings.

Colleen Toepfer

8 May 2019

I never knew Ryan. My cousin Brenda Paiva is a breast cancer survivor and had the pleasure and blessing to walk with Ryan in the Relay for life in New Braunfels, TX in May of 2019. Everything I read about Ryan, tells me he was a young man of God and walked in his statutes. Putting others before himself and truly a Christian and believer of Jesus. May you RIP Ryan and you are flying on Eagles wings and at peace now. God bless your family and may strength and comfort be with them during their loss of you. You are a beautiful soul in Heaven now! 💜✝️

Beverly Bloch

8 May 2019

My deepest condolences.. Prayers for comfort and strength at this time.

Sheila West

8 May 2019

Ryan dressed up as a swim suit model for an XC Halloween party. He was covered in tanning oil and couldn’t stop flexing. Just normal behavior for him!
We did P90x for off season in XC and Ryan loved it. He was always showing me new ways to do a push up or burpee.
If anyone has a pic of him from that party I would love to see it.

Sheila West

8 May 2019

Ryan and Gregory took Jerimiah and I on our first kayak ride down the Guadalupe. We had such a great time. I like to refer to them as my Bielke boys.

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