Ryan Hugh Ivy was born on May 14, 1985 to April Lynne Cliff and Saul Ivy in Columbus, Ohio at Grant Hospital. From the time Ryan was born he always drew the attention of those around him without even trying. Ryan was naturally talented in everything he did, and he tried to do it all. Ryan was extremely athletic receiving trophies in swimming, gymnastics, basketball and football. Ryan loved to play basketball, but he excelled in football as a linebacker and running back. One of his coaches said Ryan ran some of the best cuts he had ever seen.
Ryan drew people around him like a magnet and he was fiercely loyal to his family, those he loved and his friends almost to a fault. Those who are here to celebrate Ryan’s life are his Mom, April Lynne Alexander; Father, Saul (Crystal) Ivy; Sister, Alanna Smith; Brothers, Howard G. Williams Jr., Saul “Toby” Ivy, Andre Ivy and Muhammad Rasul; Aunt, Lisa M Cliff; Uncle, Craige Cliff; Cousin, Michael Brinkley; Niece, Sierra Ivy and Nephew Jalen Ivy in Columbus, Ohio; Aunts, Darlaina (Bernard) Thomas and Sheri Myrick, and Uncles, David (Deborah) Ivy and Scott (Sonya) Ivy, of Florida and Ohio; Best Friend-Brothers of more than 25 years, Ryan Grant, Aaron Lawson, Nickelos Gordon, Preston and Paren Fisher, Antwan Stephens, George Cook, Kevin Penn, Ronald Kelley, Eian McFadden and Donald Thomas and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and other relatives in Ohio, California, Florida, Texas, Missouri and elsewhere.
Ryan would truly help his friends whenever they needed it. Everybody liked and respected him and wanted to be his friend. He was known as the cool good guy. He was voted Prom King and Best Dressed at Independence High School. The friendships Ryan had nourished from grade school still flourish today more than twenty years later. Ryan was a deep thinker and would not hesitate to share what he thought but he did not expect others to do anything but to be true to themselves and he always encouraged others to “live their lives”. On the other hand, Ryan would keep you in stitches when he was having the “most fun ever”. He had his quirks, he procrastinated too much, if you sat on his couch, he was right behind you straightening out the creases. When he first developed his love shoes in grade school, he wore bags over them so they would get dirty, in adulthood he kept them all line up stuffed with something to prevent any creases from forming.
Ryan had two passions that were about to take off, he was an entertainer and loved music and founded his company Early Bird Entertainment. Although, he once thought of being a performer he really loved to writing lyrics and producing. Most recently, he was using his unique flair for fashion and love for shoes and together with Ryan Grant established Ivy Alexander Italy. Ryan was about to reach his peak. If you look up the spirit, meaning and power of a Red Cardinal you will find the definition of Ryan. He sent three red cardinals to his mom, sister and brother, Jr. to let us know he has passed over and all is well, he loved us, and he is with the angels. We were all very close and did a lot of things together.
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