Ryan Michael Waple

February 23, 1986June 10, 2021

Ryan Michael Waple was born in Falls Church on February 23, 1986 to Jock Alan Waple and Donna Mason Gray. Ryan graduated from West Springfield High School in 2004, then attended VCU and served in the US Navy. He was employed at Town & Country Pools, Inc.

Our Ryan had the gift to make people laugh and smile, and this was what brought him true joy. We miss his beautiful soul, and are lucky to have had our lives touched by his.

He was preceded in death by his beloved maternal grandparents, Col (Ret) Robert B. Mason and Josephine Shea Mason and his beloved paternal grandparents, Hugh L. Waple and Odie Waple.

He is survived by his mother Donna Mason Gray; his father Jock Alan Waple and his stepmother Rebecca Thompson Waple; his siblings Krista Nicole Waple, Gavin Rodney Waple and Grady Landon Waple; and multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family suggests that a donation be made in Ryan Michael’s honor to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Song of Myself

What do you think has become of the young and old men?

And what do you think has become of the women and children?

They are alive and well somewhere,

The smallest sprout shows there is really no death.

And goes onward and outward, nothing collapses.

Walt Whitman

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David and Nikki Lybrand and LaRocco

July 18, 2021

My wife and I were devastated to learn about Ryan's passing. We did not get the horrible news until July 14th.

Over the last 8 years or so we formed a bond with Ryan. He was the most curios, thoughtful, and kind young man we have every met. I will have a heavy heart as we attend the yearly ring golf event where we connected for the first time.

We extend our condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed and always remembered.

Dave & Nikki

Marilyn Walsh

June 15, 2021

I just heard about this wonderful young man from my good friend Mary Haines. We also just lost a Veteran to Suicide. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Germán Larraín

June 15, 2021

I´m really deeply sad, but I will always treasure all the good moments I spent with Ryan. I was an exchange student back in the day and it was hard for me to make friends when I got to America, but Ryan really helped me enjoy my time during that year. He was a very funny, kind, smart, easy going and empathic person, he always had the craziest ideas and it is hard for me to remember his face without a smile on it. He had all kinds of friends and I really admired him for that, he didn't care about anyone´s looks or background, he just cared about the people. We had a lot of fun together, fishing, trying to trap squirrels and snapping turtles or just laughing together about anything. I remember he loved to listen to his own music that he used to make with fruity loops and he enjoyed nature very much. Most of my memories from that year have Ryan on them, that includes me breaking my toe twice! I will never forget you dear Ryan

Richard Ferris

June 14, 2021

I remember Ryan as a young boy when he came to our house for family celebrations and have known since that had grown to become a wonderful young man. Please know I share with you the pain of his loss.

You have my deepest sympathy.

Richard Ferris

Lolita Ferris

June 14, 2021

We send our Love and deepest sympathy during this very sad time. Ryan was a personable young man and we all enjoyed the conversations we had with him at family get togethers. I always looked forward to seeing him. His smile was infectious and made me smile , in return. You will be missed,Ryan,---but never forgotten. Love Lolita Ferris

Anya Bender

June 13, 2021

I am forever grateful to have met someone like Ryan. From the jam out sessions on my keyboard to making me laugh so hard my sides hurt, hanging out with him was always something new and different. He saw the beauty in everything and made me want to be a more kind, welcoming person. He could always tell when I was having a bad day and would ask me "Anya, do you want a hug?" I sincerely wish we had more time together. No one really got me like Ryan did. Living with him has given me some of my favorite, most cherished memories. I will always love and miss him.

Emily Cayton

June 13, 2021

A few Thanksgivings spent at Uncle Rod’s and Neanie’s included Ryan and Krista. I thought they were both incredibly cool. We stayed up late playing Sega. We talked about music we were into and shows we wanted to check out, and we laughed so much! Serious giggles. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Like many other stories shared here, I always looked forward to the genuine exchanges and time spent laughing with Ryan.

Crystal Ye

June 13, 2021

Ryan, I will always remember you as the silly crazy yet warm boy that I met and shared good time with. I still cannot believe that you are gone and I wish I could see your huge smile again. Wherever you are now, I hope it’s better and happier for you.

Sharon Downey

June 13, 2021

Words really can’t do justice to Ryan and who he was as a person. Even though our paths crossed only a few times over these past few years, every time they did I had one of the best conversations a person could have with another human being. So many people don’t really listen and aren’t very interested in what you have to say. They are easily distracted and it keeps the conversations superficial and light. But Ryan, you always listened. You were interested and more important, interesting, and you made everyone you spoke with feel seen and heard. That is such a gift and you passed it on to everyone who had the honor of sharing a few minutes with you. You had a great sense of humor that you weaved in effortlessly to any conversation or situation. It was clear you were a deep and soulful thinker and saw the world from such a beautiful and empathetic perspective. I enjoyed every minute I spent with you. You will be missed so much by everyone who loves you and those whose lives you touched with your humor and grace. You will live on forever in all of us who are better for knowing you and sharing that great conversation, that hilarious moment with your quick wit, and that insightful perspective you shared that changed us all for the better.


June 13, 2021