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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On April 30, 2019 @ 8:54 am In Obituary | 5 Comments

Ryan Ralph Thomas

Ryan Ralph Thomas born August 28,1972 in North Dakota was taken abruptly from his family and friends in a car accident April 28, 2019 at the age of 46. Ryan spent his school years between Minnesota and Arizona graduating from New Way Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1989. Ryan saw the world thru the lenses of Asperger’s Syndrome- when he was a child, we did not have this label, but we knew that Ryan lived in this world differently than the rest of us. His passions were many including: Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, puffins, airplanes and plane spotting. Ryan was a night owl and many of us would wake to tens of text messages ranging from blueprints to space ships to new restaurants he wanted us to try. Ryan is survived by his mother Carolee Thomas, sisters Jill Thomas (Rob Hart) and Tracy Cater (Ward Cater) and birth mother Jolene Kershaw. Nephews: Ward Cater, Zach Hart and Max Hart. Nieces: Courtney Cater and Mae Hart, and great nephew Jackson. Preceded in death by his father Ralph Thomas. Ryan is also survived by many family members and friends. A special thank you to aunties Bella and Eileen for always being there for Ryan and helping him navigate life’s obstacles. A special thanks to the many family and friends who made Ryan a part of their lives and loved him despite his quirky ways. In lieu of flowers donations can be made for a scholarship fund being set up in Ryan’s name for a camper on the Autism spectrum to go to Space Camp: USSRC (US Space & Rocket Center) Education Foundation, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Condolences for the family of “THOMAS, RYAN RALPH”

Condolence from Sue Della Maddalena on April 30th, 2019 12:04 pm

Carolee and Family,
Our hearts are with you and your families as you navigate this difficult path. Prayers for Ryan and comfort in knowing that he’s with Ralph and Ma Betty and all of those who’ve loved and preceded him to heaven.

Noreen, Nora and Sue Della Maddalena

Condolence from Jade on April 30th, 2019 5:37 pm

I am so sorry. My deepest condolences.

– Jade

Condolence from Tami Schipper on May 1st, 2019 2:39 pm

I am sorry to hear about Ryan, I was just telling my nephew about him last night, for his love of Star Trek. We had many conversations Monday after we watched the Next Generation Sunday night.
I was a student from New Way class 1989 (jr/Sr years 1987-89).

Condolence from Sharon Kidder on May 1st, 2019 7:34 pm

Carolee and Family,

My families thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate this journey. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the lessons he taught me while at New Way and years after. Our deepest sympathies. – The Kidders

Condolence from Phil and Corky Hammond on May 1st, 2019 9:04 pm

Carolee, Corky and I send our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son.
We missed hearing about Ralph’s passing so I guess this is kind of a double note of condolences to you and your family.
Corky and I moved to a condo in 2001 but are still in the 85018 Zip code. If you are still in Phoenix and would like to reconnect we can be reached at my email address: p_hammond@yahoo.com.
With our best regards, corky and phil

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