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Ryan M. Lake

November 12, 1989 - April 10, 2020

 Ryan M. Lake, age 30, of Bear, DE, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Born in Newark, DE on November 12, 1989, he was the beloved son of Michael D. and Monica A. (Ebert) Lake. Ryan graduated from St. Marks High School in 2008 and attended Wilmington University. He made his career as a landscaper.  Ryan had a true love for animals, especially his dogs Braxton and Hunter and was an avid sports fan.

Ryan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Ebert and paternal grandfather, Ben Lake.  In addition to his parents, Ryan is survived by his daughter, Mia G. Lake, who he loved dearly and provided peace in his life; his maternal grandmother, Joann Ebert; paternal grandmother, Bonnie Lake; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.  Ryan’s smile will forever remain in everyone’s heart.

A public visitation will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ryan’s name to the SPCA located at 455 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713.

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  • I wish I had any words at all that could bring comfort, but I know that’s not possible. Donny, Bill and I are profoundly sorry and so very sad. We have such wonderful memories of Ry we will forever carry in our hearts. Love to all.

  • RIP Ryan I will miss your funny stories u always made me laugh.

  • So sad…there are no words to express how sorry I am. We are praying for everyone and for God to give strength to family. RIP Ryan

    Your cousin,
    Danielle & Family

  • Monica & Mike – Our hearts are with you during this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy, Dr. Calhoon, Robin, Tashira, Peggy, Nicole, Casey, Theresa, Tina, Debbie, Beth, Denise

  • RIP Ryan, you truly will be missed by sooo many. My heart aches for many reasons but especially for mia. She will be more than taken care of down here, just watch over her from up there 😢💕

  • No words can say how Sorry I am of the sad news!You guys are like family to me!And if there is anything I can do please let me know!RIP Ryan, you will truly be missed!

  • Monica and Mike,

    Please know that Guy and I are here for you. No words or deeds of kindness will ever console this deep loss. May you find peace in knowing that you were great parents and that you loved your son with all your heart and soul. Ryan left you beautiful Mia ~. Praying for you everyday.

    The Scotolati Family

  • Monica,
    Words can’t express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Monica and Mike,
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Praying for your strength during this painful time and am here for you with loving support.

  • Mike & Monica – we are truly sorry to hear about Ryan. We will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers!
    Jeanne & Kevin McCloskey

  • I am so sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. I knew Ryan at St. Mark’s. He was a good and remarkable young man. We were all blessed to know him. May his goodness live on in those who love him, especially in the treasure which is Mia. Blessings to all.

  • Monica and Mike – There are no words to express the sadness Gary and I feel for you. Hold on to each other. God bless.

    Gary & Laurie

  • I am so sorry for your loss, I wish I could find the right words to express my condolences. it’s so difficult to see anyone close to you pass away but worse for your child. I pray that you have strength to get through these difficult times. The happy years of memories will help bring you peace and happiness.

  • Thinking of you guys and sending our condolences!!
    Justin, Heather and Summer

  • Hey Mike n Monica I’m so sorry to hear about your lose. My prayers are with you and your family

  • so sorry for your loss

  • Mike and Monica,
    We wish there was something we could say to lessen the pain. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • To Bonnie and her family: I am so sorry for your loss. Hopefully in time you will find comfort in his memories. Bonnie, if there is anything I can do please call anytime 302-798-5910. Elizabeth Rogers-Keeth

  • So very sorry for loss – our thoughts & prayers are with you. Rest In Peace Ryan 🙏 The Gagliardino Family

  • Mike and Monica we were so sorry to hear the news about Ryan. We had so many wonderful memories with you and Ryan at the hockey tournaments and summer get together’s.

  • Monica I’m so very sorry for all of you on this terrible loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Mike and Monica, Our hearts are broken and full of sorrow due to Ryan’s death. We have known and loved Ryan for 27 years! He was such a happy, loving, caring, respectful person. He had a wonderful way of making us feel special and important. It is hard to believe that he is gone! His huge presence will be greatly missed. We are terribly sorry and extend our sincere love and deepest sympathy to you and your families.

  • Mike and Monica–Skip and I have no words that adequately express how sorry we are to hear of Ryan’s passing. May the memories of earlier happier times comfort you. God will envelope Ryan in his loving arms and both will watch over you until you are all together again.

  • We know there are no words can ease the loss you feel, just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Sending love and hugs!
    Aunt Joyce Lykins and family

  • Mike & Monica-
    There are no words to express how deeply sorry we are to hear about Ryan. We are keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.
    Chip & Vicki Graff

  • Mr. and Mrs. Lake, I’m so sorry for your loss. Ryan and I became fast friends on day one of High School and our memories together with your family were endless. I have and will always cherish them. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Mike and Monica – I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers

  • Sending my condolences during this difficult time.

    Aunt Janet Bakhaty and family

  • Monica and family, my heart and prayers go out to you at this difficult time and for the days, months & years ahead.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Donna Knight

  • Our deepest condolences on your loss, love and prayers to you all now and forever.

  • Rip Ryan I miss you like crazy bro. I just wanna talk to you one more time and I miss your voice and your corny ass jokes. I just hope I can see you one more time homie😩😔🙏🏻💔

  • Monica,
    Sorry to hear about your loss. Words can’t express. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Be strong.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincere condolences. Renee

  • We are sending our heartfelt Love, Sympathy & Prayers to the family of Ryan Lake! His parents, Michael & Monica ~ his beautiful daughter, Mia- his grandmother, Bonnie Lake,(our dear sister)~ his aunt, Theresa & Mike Siminari & family, ~ Little Mike & Madison~ his uncle, Tracy Lake! God be with this wonderful family as they go thru this great time of loss of their loved one! ~Ryan you have touched so many lives & will be sadly missed!~~ “GO REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN”~~our great-nephew, RYAN LAKE!~~~LOVE~ UNCLE JIM & AUNT DARLENE

  • I was so sorry to hear about Ryan. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I’m here if you need anything.

  • Monica and Family,

    Words are impossible to come by at this time. Our heart aches for you and your family. My wife and I would like to express our deepest sympathy and love. Our sons are only one year apart and we cannot possibly imagine what this time is like for you. Please know we are thinking and praying for you and your family often.

    With Love.

    Tony and Char Della Vecchia

  • Monica and Mike – I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. Based on all the wonderful comments from those that knew him, I know he was a great young man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Monica and Mike,
    We were sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. We remember the days of Bear Babe Ruth. Ryan was always happy and fun to be around. John and Ryan were good friends. Monica, Mike and Ryan are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mike and Monica,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Ryan, I only just found out. I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through as the loss of a child has to be the worst thing for a parent to experience. My heart aches for you both and you have my most heartfelt condolences. Prayers of healing and strength for your family.

  • Dear Michael and Monica. I am So Sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine what you are going through. You are in my Thoughts and Prayers. Much Love Rosie (Bonnie’s Friend.

  • Ryan was a kind and respectful young man. I am so very saddened for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏

  • Mike and Monica,
    Our hearts were deeply sadden when we learned that Ryan had gone home to be with the Lord. We know that God is all knowing. We trust and believe that God will comfort your hearts and give you strenght each and every day to endure. May His Angels watch over Mia. You have so many fond memories to hold onto. We will trully miss Ryan.
    Love,
    The Williams Family

  • Monica and Family, I just learned of your precious son’s passing. My heart truly aches for you. Although I didn’t know Ryan personally from knowing you Monica and reading the tributes to him, I know he was a wonderful young man. I pray for God’s strength for you and peace and rest for your beautiful son Ryan. Know you are in my prayers and I am thinking of you.
    Martha Roy

  • Dear Ryan,
    We miss you each and every day and love you dearly. We are sending you a Very Special Birthday Wish (11/12/1989) in Heaven today. We will always acknowledge your birthday with fond memories and know that you are celebrating with angels. We love you very very much and you will remain in our hearts forever.
    Love, Dad, Mom and Mia

  • Ryan,

    I am telling you all of this now because I never had the chance or the courage.

    I was the “unpopular” one when we went to Fatima together but you always treated me different. Even though we used to tease each other and give each other a hard time, I know there was nothing but love and friendship underneath. Our respect for one another may not have been apparent to others, but it was true. I knew you were a man of honor when my father died in 2003 and I asked you participate in the funeral as altar server, my grandfather gave money to you for your thanks and you returned it. On top of that, I admired you and thought you were so brave, after 9/11 happened, and were discussing it in class one day, you were angry at what happened and were passionate about wanting to join the military and get justice for the fallen – that memory lives clear in my mind and will ALWAYS be how I remember you.

    When we were like 12 or 13 (before my dad died) you asked me what I would say if you asked me on a date, and I said I would laugh. NOT to be malicious, but because I was insecure that it was a joke. It wasn’t until we were in high school that I found out you had Chris ask Erika at the June Fair after we graduated from Fatima if I would go out on a date with you, and she lied out of jealousy and said no and that I didn’t like you, but that was the furthest from the truth. I was in Puerto Rico with my family and it KILLED me to learn the real truth of your feelings and that she lied and hid it from me. I was too coward to tell you what I had learned afterwards, because we had seen each other in passing at the mall, you were with a girl and you looked happy, and you ignored me. Now I understand why. I am so sorry she lied, I am so sorry I never told you, even though we did reconnect for a bit much later, I thought it was too far gone to say anything. I will regret this until the day I die and even after.

    I am glad I didn’t say anything though, because you would not have a beautiful daughter to live on through today! She has an amazing and strong guardian angel to watch over her, and I know you will be watching over her with all your love though all big life event and every ordinary day.

    Even though we didn’t know each other as adults, I know in my heart you were still the same great guy and left a loving and lasting impression on EVERYONE, as you have left one on mine.

    Allie