Ryan Tyler Perschbacher

May 12, 1983June 7, 2021
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Ryan Tyler Perschbacher passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021 in Denver, CO. He was 38 years old.

Ryan was born on May 12, 1983 in Denver to Elmer “Sonny” and Linda Perschbacher. He was their only child. He grew up in Littleton, CO, attending Hewitt Academy Homeschool Program in his early years and going on to graduate from Columbine High School with the class of 2001.

Ryan was an incredibly bright young man with a passion for learning. He attended the University of Denver on a scholarship to the Lamont School of Music Classical Conservatory. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Arts Technology from the University of Colorado and later went on to receive a second Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Computer and Information Sciences and Business.

He worked in the CSI field for various companies including TransUnion, Wells Fargo and Charles Schwab as an API Integrations Solution Engineer, Senior Technical Writer and Development Portal Designer, and Business Systems Analyst.

Ryan loved art and music. He began piano lessons at the age of 10. He enjoyed playing in various programs and competitions throughout his school years, including performing at his graduation ceremony at Columbine High School. Ryan was very talented and received various awards. As a Colorado Native, Ryan certainly enjoyed the outdoors and everything nature had to offer. He liked to go target shooting, hiking, fishing, and especially camping in the mountains.

Ryan’s was a bright and beautiful spirit. He had a smile that could shine through even the cloudiest of days. He was so young and full of life and he is gone too soon. Ryan was loved, and he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving parents, Sonny and Linda

A visitation will be held Monday, June 14, 2021 starting at 11:00 AM at Allnutt Funeral Service-Estes Park Chapel 1302 Graves Ave Estes Park, CO. Followed by a Graveside service at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens 1672 Fish Hatchery Rd Estes Park, CO. Ryan’s family appreciates your love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please visit to share a memory of Ryan and to leave a message for his family.


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 14, 2021


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Cindy Russell

June 13, 2021

I never got to meet Ryan, but just reading everyone's memories tells me what a talented, caring person he was. He was taken from this world much too soon. Sonny and Linda, my heart breaks for you. I will keep you in my prayers.

Lara Meloni

June 12, 2021

Ryan was another brother to me, I loved that when he was around there was always a laugh at some point in the conversation. He had such a beautiful soul, always understanding and kind I will miss our long conversations late at night. He loved all of us Meloni’s and we loved him and will miss him greatly

Lalena Jaramillo

June 11, 2021

While Ryan was the most wonderfully complicated person I have ever known...he was also simply just wonderful. He did not get me only by his good looks and charm, but rather his intelligence, talent, and his sense of adventure, and his radio voice. We talked for a month for hours on end before ever meeting. In true Ryan over the top fashion he showed up at my door step in a suit, in the middle of a snow storm. The rest is history. We shared so many adventures together and he would also always apese me with Bob Ross painting night, vision boards sessions, or learning a dance in the kitchen. Ryan believes we are made up as the same matter as the stars so I believe he is still with us back in the stars in the universe he was so greatly in awe with. I'll always love you Ryan and I thank you for the lessons as well as all the wonderful times equally. Goodbye for now and be at peace.

Randy Brown

June 10, 2021

What a wonderful young man.
What a kind young man.

The loss of Ryan is a sadness and a loss to everyone who knew him.
His amazing piano playing and his smile; they will always stay with me.

This is a photo of Ryan we have, that we wanted to share.
With love and memory of a very nice young man.

Randy and Judy Brown

Kim (Cowgill)

June 10, 2021

Ryan, you were loved by so many and will be painfully missed. As I try to write this I am at a loss for words. Ryan, we love you.
Uncle Sonny and Aunt Linda you are in all of our prayers and are too, so loved. I pray you receive peace that surpasses any and all understanding in this time. May you find comfort in your memories and in the love he had for you.
With much love and sincerest sympathy,
Kimmy and the Family

Michael Fears

June 10, 2021

I remember him as a young teen. A very bright and talented young man of upstanding character. Raised by kind and loving parents my heart goes out and I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to Sonny and Linda.
God Bless

Aaron Brown

June 10, 2021

As I sit at this paper attempting to choose one of my favorite memories of Ryan it becomes increasingly obvious how important Ryan was to me in my transition into adult life.

Ryan was my friend, a musical inspiration, roommate twice over and fellow intern long ago. From my junior year in high school to my junior year in college we were extremely close.

My first memory of Ryan was when I saw him play piano. At the time I felt like I was the best around. Well, I was very wrong and hearing Ryan's technical proficiency made me both very impressed and very jealous!

As a kindred musical spirit I reached out to be friends with Ryan. We grew into friends over time and had many choir classes together. Eventually we teamed up for a highlight of my high school years. We worked on a dueling piano piece for the talent show. It was extremely difficult but we totally pulled it off to a roaring applause. I learned to work with another musician through this process and that collaboration meant a lot to me.

When the time came we both chose DU for our college. We both got in and decided to be roommates. That first semester was filled with experiences together. We visited Ryan's friend in NYC. We celebrated New Years Eve on the freezing city streets for the ball drop and rode home on the train extremely tired and drunk thanks to our freshly minted NYC fake IDs!

We made our way through the gauntlet of early morning theory classes (which we didn't always make on time and we would sometimes get hot breakfast instead), listening to modern music, discussing jazz, possibly pledging fraternities on the main campus, and attempting and often failing to be more grown up.

As time went on Ryan joined me at CU Denver where we studied more production heavy programs. We both interned at immersive studios together trying to find our way in this difficult music business. Many late night Red Bull fueled music sessions occurred as we did industry research trying to find ways to succeed.

We were both extremely focused and driven and I think we brought that healthy competition out in each other.

We were again roommates soon enough while attending CU Denver. One of my favorite ridiculous stories was the bacon story. While a friend Phil and I were on the couch Ryan came in to watch. We turned some time later to see an orange glow from the kitchen....

We raced in to find a fire coming out of the pan. Without time to react our friend Phil carried out the pan through the house onto the paved sidewalk. Luckily nothing burned, but we all learned the danger of cooking bacon on high when unattended that day.

These were our foolish years of youth. Stumbling into adulthood in a difficult industry. We stayed close through college and learned a lot about life in those years.

After leaving that house and graduating college Ryan and I kept in touch less and less. A few years later after getting a job in California our contact grew increasingly rare. We would still message each other and call for big life updates and general chats about things. Sometimes regarding new and promising love interests, sometimes how to manage work, other times about new music or pianos. Eventually we even discussed our excitement over our lives with our amazing wives. I always enjoyed talking with him and hearing about how things were going for him.

It’s this way I’ll always remember Ryan. A true friend that was with me during those tough and turbulent years between ignorant youth and adult life. I guess I always thought we’d be able to chat with our 6-12 month updates until we were old men. I took the fragility of this life for granted.

I’m feeling ripped apart by the unexpected loss of Ryan at such a young age. I'm so sorry for your loss. I will miss him immensely and want you to know just how big of an impact he made in my life and will continue to make until the sun sets on my life story as well.

Mary Kay Stewart

June 10, 2021

Ryan, I am so glad I met you. I am blessed to have known you. You were so much more than you knew. You had so much love to give and talents to share. I wish I could turn back time and let you know how much I care about you and remind you of how amazing you are.

Mr. and Mrs. Perschbaker,
You raised a beautiful son with a wonderful soul. I am grateful that he was my friend. I am so sorry for your loss.

A Friend

June 10, 2021

Ryan. I'm so honored to have had a place, however brief, in your life. They say that lives that have been taken young, were too good for this earth and have been called home to do much better in heaven. I know this is true for you. I'll see you again brother, I'm working hard for my place in heaven too!

John 14:1-4
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Rachel Masterson

June 10, 2021

We met while I was in high school and basically grew up together. Not only where we friends but we where family. My brothers became your brothers. With the love of the outdoors we all bonded. I love you so much and will miss you so much. You will always be apart of my heart.