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The Belknap Krugs extend a thank you | Open letter to the community

Words cannot express how deeply grateful we are to the hundreds of people who have supported our family as we coped with the loss of our beloved Ryan.  We are grateful to each and every one of you and hope that this brief note will let you know how profoundly we value you and all you have done to help. We simply could not have borne the weight of these past weeks without your loving safety net.

From the moment of Ryan’s accident and every minute thereafter, an army of loving friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, students and professionals worked to meet our family’s every need and let us know how much Ryan means to them.

You have donated over 200 meals, baked goods and beverages; comforted us around the clock; brought household supplies and completed chores on our behalf; provided professional services; sent cards, flowers and gifts; and sacrificed your own commitments to be at our sides. You provided generous financial support for funeral expenses and supported the beginnings of a scholarship fund in Ryan’s memory.

Lovingly, Ryan’s friends and mentors shared their artwork, music, photos and stories these past weeks. Our artist friends and soccer comrades have been with us to keep our hands busy and our hearts full.

Dear friends went to extraordinary efforts to coordinate personal services and create an amazing 24/7 support network: Diana Anderson, Anne Atwell, Nancy Brenner, Penny Cleland, Lynn Douglas, Barbara and Fred Gylland, Mary-Anna Hops, Kirsten Jennings, Jar and Roxanne Lyons, Jill and Pat Mulvihill, Irene Otis, Judy Pells, Joe and Sandi Silagi, Carrie Van Buren and Mark and Stephanie VanDevanter.

The loving services for Ryan would not have been possible without those above and the many individuals who shared at these events: Anders Blomgren, Lisa Devereau, Barbara Gylland, Geoff Larson, Grant Lyons, Roxanne Lyons, Jeff Orr, Ken Quehrn, Father Tryphon, the Threshold Choir, Mark VanDevanter and Ruben Watson.

A heartfelt thank you and hugs to the team of Paul Beytebierre, Jennifer Brenner, Claudia Campbell, Terri Colello, Bruce and Lisa Cyra, Patti Daughtry, Sandy Didricksen, Donna Donnelly, Nathan Gilmour, Steve Gilmour, Eva of the Minglement, Judy Mish, Louise Olson, Risa Stahl, Kathy West, Dave Wilke and others we may not know of who lovingly provided facilities, food, beverages and preparations at the service. The wrestling and cross-country communities brought their love and strength to set-up and take-down needs.

And more gratitude to dear, countless others who wrote and played music, gathered photos into beautiful montages, created a wonderful video, shared their stories and took photos and video of events. To the “Crew,” their families, and all the fine young men wo served as pallbearers and honor Ryan’s memory with their kindness and strength, please know we are so proud of you all and grateful for your friendship. Our extended family came from afar to support us as well and we love them.

Thank you to the Vashon school and park districts for making facilities available to us. We express our appreciation to Ryan’s instructors, coaches and the educators who supported him always and continue to support the fine young people in our community during this difficult time. To the young people of the island, please know you are each cherished — the stories, artwork, photos, memories, kindness and courage you share with us and with each other matter more than you can know.

Though we have not named each caring gesture and each individual, please know that each and every kindness, each and every person, is valued and made a difference that matters to us deeply. You have all enfolded us in your care and kindness and without you; we could not have endured our unimaginable loss. You have supported us, cheered us and kept us whole. From the bottom of our hearts we love and thank you.


— The Belknap Krug family, Rose, Rich and Savannah



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