Ryan Christopher Wetters, 22, of Geneva, fell asleep at his home in Geneva only to wake in his Heavenly home Monday, May 25, 2009.
He was born June 24, 1986, the son of Brian and Kathy (Booth) Wetters in Tallahassee, Fla.
Ryanâ€™s father worked for BP Amoco, which had the family growing up in several towns. Ryan spent the first several years in Bainbridge, Ga., before moving to Marietta, Ga., in 1992. The family then settled in Geneva in 2000.
Ryan graduated from Geneva High School and continued his education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where he studied economics and political science.
Following graduation in December of 2008, Ryan began working in the family business, Right At Home in Batavia, as business manager. He also spent many Saturdays working at the Mill Creek Market.
He was a member of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva and proud alumni of Geneva High School Football.
Ryan enjoyed fishing with his friends at all the Mill Creek ponds, but most recently took the family boat and several friends to Lake Heideke, near Morris, Ill. He, along with many of his friends, was an avid Cubs fan and spent many hours of joy and sorrow at the â€œFriendly Confines.â€
Ryan loved the Atlanta Falcons and never bowed to the pressure of converting to a Bears fan. He also was a â€œCSPAN junkie,â€ venting daily and putting his political science education to good use. Though he left without being able to say goodbye, Ryan leaves behind a legacy of memories for those left behind to cherish.
He now leaves his loving parents, Brian and Kathy of Geneva; one brother, Alex Wetters, a student at Iowa State University; a close group of friends, including his best friend, Bernie Potkanowicz, of Geneva.
He now joins his maternal grandparents, Lee and Lotchie Booth; and his paternal grandparents, Dale and Jane Wetters, who preceded him in death.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva, on Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Carl Gray, pastor of the church, will officiate, and private family interment will follow in Tired Creek Cemetery near Cairo, Ga., at a later date. For those unable to attend, a video of the service will be available at www.conleycare.com the following day.
A memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the â€œRyan Wetters Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.