Ryan F. Manwarren, 38
Blue Earth Services for Ryan F. Manwarren, age 38, of Blue Earth, was 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial followed the service in Lakeside Cemetery with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post #36 and the Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1222. Visitation was Friday and one hour prior to the time of service at the church. Ryan passed away Tuesday evening as a result of complications from stage 4 melanoma cancer on June 18, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont assisted the family with arrangements.
Ryan Frank Manwarren was born on July 11, 1980 in Fairmont, the son of Donald Manwarren and Marcia Jentz. Ryan grew up in Fairmont where he attended school and graduated from Fairmont High School with the class of 1999. Ryan found his passion for serving his country and others at a young age and chose to enlist with the United States Air Force in February 1999 and decided to skip his high school graduation to begin his training.
During his time in the military, Ryan earned his Associate in Applied Science and Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree. Ryan was first stationed at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, then RAF Lakenheath in England followed by NAS Keflavik in Iceland. On Dec. 30, 2004, Ryan was united in marriage to Rachel Erickson in Keflavik, Iceland. The luck of a coin flip after the closing of the base in Iceland took the couple back to the base in England before returning to the United States where Ryan was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. While in Missouri, the couple were blessed with their two children, Drake and Ericka. Ryan worked mostly on F-15 fighter jets and the B-2 stealth bombers as a Fuel Systems Mechanic. During his 15 years of dedicated service to his country, Ryan worked his way from the rank of Airman to his final rank of Master Sergeant. In August 2014, Ryan retired from the military and the family returned home to Minnesota where they found a quiet farm to call home outside of Blue Earth. After returning to Minnesota, Ryan worked for Continental Carbonics in Winnebago as a Maintenance Manager. In 2018, he began working for Air Products in Lakota, Iowa, where he served as Site Supervisor.
Ryan loved keeping busy and had many hobbies. Ryan wasn’t afraid to try new things and was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed the freedom that came from jumping on his motorcycle and taking a cruise down the open road. No matter the weather, Ryan would jump at the chance to spend the day out on the lake or quietly work his way out to his favorite hunting spot. Some of his happiest moments came from hockey and golf games and he treasured the memories made with family and friends while competing against one another for bragging rights. Ryan had a passion for serving others and his community and was proud to be a member of the Blue Earth Fire Dept., serving with them for the last four years. Ryan loved his family and especially cherished spending time with his children, Drake and Ericka.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Rachel Manwarren; children, Drake and Ericka Manwarren; parents, Marcia (Mark) Jentz and Donald Manwarren; siblings, Nicole (Charlie) Young, Jill Manwarren, and Theresa (Santiago) Maldonado; nephews, Grant Manwarren and baby Jack Young and niece, Harper Young; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and close friends.
Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Dora Manwarren and Irvin and Lillian Johnson.