KINGSLEY — Ryan Louis Chouinard, 31, of Kingsley, passed away Jan. 29, 2013. Ryan was born on Oct. 9, 1981, in Traverse City, to Rodney and Linda (Pickard) Chouinard.
On May 22, 2010, Ryan married the former Kimberly May Strang. Ryan was a great husband and devoted father to his two daughters, Kenzey and Kenna.
He recently started his own business, R & R Tree Service.
In his spare time he enjoyed building things, camping, hunting and fishing. He loved to stand by the camp fire in the company of his family and friends.
He was an extraordinary father. He spent hours each day with his children playing outside, doing homework together, building snowmen and listening to music in the garage.
Ryan was a hard working, selfless man who would do anything for anybody and never expected something in return. He was an excellent cook and could make something delicious out of nothing. Ryan also liked to ride his bike and built a motor for his pedal bike. He had a knack for fixing things, including Kim's car. Whenever he left the house, whether for work or just to work in his garage, he always kissed Kim good-bye.
He will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family and especially his wife and kids, mother and father, and brother, Craig.
Ryan is survived by his wife, Kim; daughters, Kenzey and Kenna; parents, Rodney and Linda, of Traverse City; brother, Craig, of Traverse City; grandfather, Robert Chouinard, of Winter Haven, Fla.; grandma, Alice Chouinard, of Traverse City; father-in-law, Thomas Strang; mother-in-law, Christy Dunham; sister-in-law, Barbara Strang; nephews, Damon and Ayden; and nieces, Cora, Hailey and Isabella.
Ryan was preceded in death by his grandpa, Larry "Slim" Chouinard; and grandma, Marie Chouinard.
Visitation for friends and family will be held today, Feb. 1, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The service of remembrance will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 10 a.m., also at the funeral home. Ryan will be laid to rest at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions in memory of Ryan may be directed to Members Credit Union for his daughters. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your thoughts and memories with Ryan's family.
The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.