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Ryan S.


Merriman, Ryan S.

Joined his mother Kristine J. (nee: Sloane) and Godfather Scott Rossman in Heaven at age of 19. Beloved son Chuck (Carol) and precious brother of Alyssa. Loving grandson of Robert (Valerie) Sloane and Robert (Beverly) Merriman. Further survived by aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends, especially his best buddy Uncle Jay and his long-time mentor Deb Kasper. Ryan will also be missed dearly by his four-legged friends.

Visitation to take place Saturday May 30th from 10am-12pm with a Celebration of Life to begin at 12pm at Heritage Funeral Home (16880 W National Ave, New Berlin). Private burial to take place Monday. For the health and safety of all individuals, the number of guests allowed will be limited and closely monitored. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

Ryan was the unofficial president of the Worldwide Sponge Bob fan club. He enjoyed spending time Up North, eating all the Oreos we could find, doing puzzles, swimming and riding on swings. Laughing at his sister was a favorite hobby and he was never without his tablet which he used to communicate with family, friends and healthcare staff. He loved his Dizzy Disc, jump rope, and any toy that would light up and make noise. Ryan was always happy and had a smile to give to everyone, touching lives wherever he went.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the family.

Family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and doctors of Froedtert, Waukesha Memorial and Lakeview Specialty Hospital for the care and compassion shown to Ryan and his loved ones.



  1. LISA A stone May 27, 2020 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about this devastating news. Also sorry about your loss I can’t even imagine how it is to lose a child. My heart breaks for all of you. my deepest condolences.

  2. Chris, Melissa, Morgan, and Lauren Schroeter May 27, 2020 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Chuck, Carol, and Alyssa,

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Ryan was always smiling, and we remember how much he loved riding the golf cart around the neighborhood. Kristine has her baby boy with her again. If we can do anything for you guys, please reach out. Our thoughts and prayers are coming your way as you work through this difficult time.

  3. Jeff Grant May 28, 2020 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Chuck, Carol, and Alyssa,

    My deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to get to know Ryan at Big Bend Elementary School. He was such a great soul who always brought a smile to my face. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

  4. Frances Garcia May 28, 2020 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    I’ll never forget the day Scott told me he was going to be Godfather to Ryan. Scott was truly honored. I’m sure Chris and Scott joined him at the gates of Heaven. Ryan will be missed by many. He was special. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Patty Swenson May 28, 2020 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. The pain and heartbreak must be unimaginable….we’re so sorry.
    We met Ryan back in 2015 when our daughter started school at FVS. He will be remembered for many things but especially his sweet, happy smile.
    Our prayers for peace and comfort are with you during this sad time. God Bless you all.
    Andy, Patty and Mary Swenson

  6. Mark Henry May 29, 2020 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    I knew Ryan when I worked at FVS. His laughter and smile could light up the building. So sorry for your loss. Ryan was a great person and friend to be around.

  7. Leslie Gray (FVS) May 29, 2020 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    So enjoyed working with Ryan, loved his mischievous smile and the joy he shared. My condolences to his family

  8. Beth Foster May 30, 2020 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about Ryan. I was one of his Teaching Assistants at FVS. Ryan was such a smiley guy and had a great sense of humor. I loved seeing him cruise around on his bike and swinging in circles. I will certainly miss him. Peace and hugs to all of you.

  9. Pam Clark May 30, 2020 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Dear Carol. Chuck and Alyssa,
    My condolences to all of you with the passing of Ryan. I don’t know anyone else that could have figured out how to listen to Sponge Bob in 4 different languages. I took care of Ryan many times and we would always do puzzles together. His smile always made my day. Out here at Lakeview we were very fond of him and will miss him greatly. We will miss Carols’ daily phone calls too.
    Pam Clark, RN

  10. Kathy Schreiner May 31, 2020 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed getting to know Ryan at Vernon daycare. He loved swimming in the little pool you couldn’t keep him out of there. His smile was amazing. Thoughts and prayers are with you different time.

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