Ryan William Nies, 1984 -2013


After a short, valiant battle with cancer, Ryan William Nies of Charlottesville passed away at home on September 24 in the presence of his immediate family and friends.

Ryan was born on January 30, 1984 in Takoma Park, Maryland, and lived with his mother and father, Carmen and Dirk, and his younger sister, Katherine, in Rockville, Maryland. Together they moved to Charlottesville in 2001.

Ryan was homeschooled and graduated in 2003. By trade, he was a weaver of cane and rush, skillfully and artfully restoring antique chairs. Cooking for family and friends was his passion and forte. Playing piano and listening to music and hymns were his favorite pastimes, especially music sung or played in his beloved key of E.

Ryan’s special needs, extraordinary gifts and exceptional view of the world touched all who knew him. With his gentle, enthusiastic and thankful spirit uplifting him, he soared over the many obstacles and limitations he bore throughout his life. A man of deep and abiding faith, he recognized the sacredness in and brought grace to the simple, day-to-day activities of life. He cherished and honored the festivals and seasons of the year.

In addition to his parents, sister, aunts, uncles and many cousins, Ryan is survived by his niece, Stella Marisol Gustafson, of Charlottesville, and his maternal grandparents, Luis and Mary Morales of Merritt Island, Florida.

A private memorial service will be held at Olivet Presbyterian Church.