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Ryan C. Watikunas

July 14, 1989 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 34) 34 Years Old

Ryan Watikunas Obituary

Ryan Coleman Watikunas passed away suddenly on Wednesday January 24, 2024 at the age of 34. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 14, 1989. Ryan celebrated the best day of his life when he married his best friend and the love of his life, Megan (Schaner) Watikunas in Maui, Hawaii on December 8, 2023.  He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Megan Watikunas and their beloved dog Oliver, mother Susan (Dan) Phillips, father Bill (Merribeth) Watikunas, siblings: Molly (Shawn) Taylor, Jennifer (Jeff) Hulswit, Billy (Taryn) Watikunas, Kelsea (Freddie) Salgado, Neil (Emerson) Csolkovits, mother and father-in-law Pam and Lew Schaner, sister-in-law Laura Schaner and all of his nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Donald and Gay Moody and William and Dorothy Watikunas.

Ryan worked for Consumers Energy where he made many friends. His life mission was to explore the world with Megan, his wife. He loved to travel, spend time on their boat, fish any chance he could get, and he made sure to take advantage of everything that living on the lake brings. Ryan loved sports, mostly football and was a big lions fan. His family was very important to him and he loved to spend time with them, especially his nieces and nephews.  Ryan was an extremely kind, thoughtful and generous man who will be missed beyond measure.  

A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Wednesday January 31, 2024 at 3pm at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

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Memorial Service
January 31, 2024

3:00 PM
Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service
4291 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
100 Michigan St. N.E., Grand Rapids MI 49503
Tel: 1-866-989-7999


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