Ryan was a gifted, generous, compassionate man. He was a graduate of Perry Central School Class of 2001. After graduation, Ryan was a foreign exchange student in Finland through the Perry Rotary Club. He received his Bachelors of Art degree in glass blowing from Anderson University in Indiana in 2006. After graduating from Anderson, he traveled to China and South Korea, where he taught English. In 2014, he started his own business, Cooper Ingenuity. He had a knack for making vessels of light by combining steel and handmade paper.
Above all forms of art, he especially loved creating large, original metal sculptures. Out of love for his precious daughter, he has made over 300 “Mallory Flowers.” Most recently, he mastered the art of painting. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Perry, where he was involved in working with the youth group. He was also an active and contributing member of the artist community in Wyoming County, including being the resident artist for Shake on the Lake. Ryan was a guest artist several times at Hoag Memorial Art Gallery in the Silver Lake Institute. He enjoyed working for the Adirondack Trail Crew, hiking, biking, running, skateboarding, and spending time with family.
Ryan is survived by his wife Kimmie (Hill) McDanel whom he married on August 13, 2011; his mother Jacqueline McDanel of Perry, 2 sisters: Megan (James) Samaniego of Pomona, CA., Caitlin McDanel of Seattle, WA., his In-laws: Larry and Karlene Hill of Chili, sister-in-law: Kristin (Josh) Campbell of Gates, 2 nieces: Sage Helen Samaniego and Ellie Campbell, nephew: Clayton Campbell, and Grandmother: Ann McDanel, along with several Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends.
There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held on at the Perry Baptist Church, 77 N. Main St. Perry, New York 14530. In Lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Heart Research Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 631 Rochester, New York 14642.