Ryan Christopher Wood, 48, joined our Lord and Father early morning September 16, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with common variable immune deficiency.
Ryan was born in San Diego, CA on July 21, 1974 to Larry Ronald and Linda Marie (nee Roney) Wood.
Ryan graduated from Cox High School in Virginia Beach, VA, completed exercise science at Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA and studied abroad in England at Keele University.
He then attended St. Matthew’s University in Cayman Islands in May 2003 to complete medical doctor degree and St. Josephs College of Maine to complete Masters of Health Services Administration in 2007.
It was in medical school he met the love of his life Megan. They would then embark on a very long and exciting journey through residency and fellowship at University of Oklahoma, start their family over the next 14 years.
Ryan and Megan have three talented children, Kaitlin, 14, Channing, 12, and Merida, 9.
Ryan published a book while on chemotherapy “Your Body” in 2014.
Ryan endured many challenges in life but had a no quit and demonstrated true vigilance throughout his life.
He helped so many and loved his family, friends and patients very dearly and honestly. Ryan joins his mother, Linda Roney Wood, father-in-law, Rodney Alan Vanderlinde and his grandparents in heaven.
He is survived by his wife Megan, children, Kaitlin, Channing and Merida, his father, Larry Wood and many amazing loving friends, Jennifer Meyeraan, Chas Rucker, Amy and Mark Roache and Carlo Madrid to name a few.
Memorials may be made to Lymphoma Society, 4921 Parkview Place, Saint Louis, MO 63110. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.Richesonfh.com
Visitation for Ryan will be 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, September 21, and 10 to 11 am on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Richeson Funeral Home, Troy, IL.
Funeral services will be held 11 am on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Richeson Funeral Home, Troy, IL Interment will be in the Garden of Love at Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL
“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress and grows brave by reflection.” Thomas Paine