OBITUARY

Ryan Colburn

March 31, 1986June 20, 2010

Ryan Scott Colburn, 24, of Montgomery, AL, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, June 20th. Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend, he will be deeply missed by all. With a contagious personality and an unforgettable smile, Ryan touched the hearts and lives of all he came in contact with. Although he used a wheelchair during his short time with us, he is now free to run into the arms of His Savior. Ryan is survived by his devoted mother, Susan Colburn, of Montgomery, who cared selflessly for him throughout his life; his father, Dr. Scott Colburn and wife Ann, of Twenty Nine Palms, CA; and his loving sisters Kelly Colburn of Birmingham, and Kasey Colburn of Montgomery. Ryan had a love for sports, and was an avid Auburn fan. Ryan believed in Auburn and loved it. Ryan was also a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves, and he played the outfield in Miracle League Baseball. In recent years, Ryan spoke at several conferences about growing up with a disability and living life to the fullest. Ryan was a lifelong member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, and an active participant in the Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry. He loved music and singing and was a member of Frazer Youth Worship Arts Choir. He especially enjoyed choir tour each summer. Ryan was employed by the Southeast YMCA after graduation from Jefferson Davis High School in 2005 where he was a member of the Key Club and yearbook staff. Ryan was the 1989 Montgomery United Way Ambassador. Survivors also include grandparents, Marion H. McKay of Winter Park, FL; Michael W. and Marty McKay of Harrisonburg, VA; William & Marie Colburn of New Smyrna Beach, FL; Aunt & Uncle Carol & Chuck Craig, cousins Caitlin, Chelsea, & Ashleigh Craig, all of Charlotte, NC; Uncle Craig Colburn, cousins Nathan & Nicole Colburn, all of New Smyrna Beach, FL; several devoted nurses, including Habiba Kochi and LaVanda Lewis and special friends who made up Ryan’s Helping Hands Team. After a private burial, a Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held Wednesday afternoon, June 23, at Frazer UMC, at 3 PM, with Dr. John Ed Mathison and Brian Word officiating. Visitation will begin in the Atrium at 2 PM prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Ryan’s name to the Frazer Youth Worship Arts Program. Please visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/RyanColburn for more details. Condolences may be offered at www.alabamaheritagefh.com. Alabama Heritage Directing.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Graveside Service

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Helen Cedeno

July 14, 2010

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Susan and the Colburn family. Ryan was a very special person and I know how much he will be missed by all who knew him.

Jerry Kwesi Barnes

July 10, 2010

I live outside the United States, but I also work with an organization serving children with disabilities and their families. Ryan, seems to me like a very nice person. I'm sorry Susan. I'm sure he's in a better place. You are in my prayers

Suzanne Gottlieb

July 7, 2010

Dear Susan, I am so sorry to learn of Ryan's passing. He will be greatly by missed. I hope you can take comfort in all your wonderful memories and in the knowledge that you were an incredible mother to him.
I am thinking of you and your family with sympathy.
Suzanne Gottlieb

Sally Fogerty

July 6, 2010

Ryan was a special person who I will never forget. His sense of humor as well as love for love and for others will always live in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. He did so much in his short life and through his example was a shing light in helping all of us in the AMCHP family to understand the importance of having young people and their families as partners. He was one of the first people I would look for at the Annual Meetings and will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Susan, and the rest of the family during this time. Sally Fogerty

LT Sharon Doersom

July 6, 2010

CAPT Colburn, CAPT Bobeck and family. We are deeply saddened by your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Naval Health Clinic Annapolis Team

Julie Stover

July 1, 2010

July 1, 2010

Susan,

Please know that you are not alone at this time of loss. For all the compassion and strength that you have offered to others, a "light" will shine on. As parents, our children complete and compliment our family unit. Ryan made his mark in the world and taught us all an invaluable lesson. We are all here to complete a task however, great or small and our children all teach us new lessons everyday. Thank you for who you are and the road you have traveled.

Kimberly Thomason

June 28, 2010

Ryan brightened my day every time I saw him. His light shone so brightly and touched so many lives. I will miss him seeing him around Frazer very much and I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God bless you.

Laurie Price

June 27, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan was the most enjoyable, positive, loving Child of Christ I ever had the privilege of caring for, my prayers are with you and the girls.
Laurie Price

Nancy Duhe'

June 25, 2010

Sue,
I am heart broken to hear about Ryan, I know he was a gift from God and I hope it comforts you to know he is with God now. I will keep you and the girls in my prayers. I love and miss you.
Nancy Duhe'

June 24, 2010

Dear Susan and family we are praying for your strength during your time of bereavement and always.
Gloria Wright and Paige Clark
Montgomery,AL

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