Ryan Erich Holdway

Date of Death: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Ryan Erich Holdway, age 34, passed away unexpectedly on September 1, 2021. Ryan was the much loved husband of Emily; treasured father of Jayden; dearly beloved son of Steve and Angela Holdway; devoted grandson of Walter (Veronica) Kosch and Sharon (the late Robert) Warner and the late Gerald and Nancy Holdway; dear nephew, cousin, son-in-law, and friend to many. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, September 8th from 10:00am - 1:00pm, with a service beginning at 1:00pm at Rago Brothers Funeral Home, 7751 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60634. In lieu of flowers, please dedicate a donation in his honor to the Chicago Bulls Charities.

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Visitation: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 1:00pm
Interment: 
Private

Guestbook

Kevin Goodwin
I'm so deeply sorry to the Holdway family for your loss. We had lost touch in recent years but Ryan and I were very close for a time during Jr. High and Highschool. He was truly one of the most genuine people I've ever known. A very fun, energetic, loyal guy who always livened up whatever room he was in. There's so many great memories of Ryan I'll always have. Rest in peace, Ryan.
Kyle Johnson
I was not able to know Ryan for very long, but within the time I knew him I immediately understood why he so beloved by his close friends and family. I met Ryan in 2018 when I moved to Chicago and knew we’d be friends immediately. We had similar interests - basketball, video games and being fathers - and we immediately hit it off. His smile and joy for life was infectious. I’ll miss his genuine curiosity, zest for life, and humor the most. I only wish we could have gotten closer over time. I’ll miss you, Ryan.
Markus Templer
Holdway - I am devastated to hear you have passed on to a better place. We were just exchanging barbs 2 weeks ago. Your spirit, charisma, crazy Midwest accent, love for the Bulls, drive for success, and overall friendship that started when we met at Rocket Fuel...and never ended. You will be missed and rest in peace. My thoughts go out to your beautiful and amazing wife as well as your son. You were most assuredly a real and authentic one.
Sandi Kerrigan
Emily , Angie & Steve I am truly sorry for your family’s loss. It’s so heart breaking to hear. What a good guy he was . May God watch over all of you . Sandi Kerrigan
Sandi Kerrigan
Emily , Angie & Steve I am truly sorry for your family’s loss. It’s so heart breaking to hear. What a good guy he was . May God watch over all of you .
Ross Mercer
You were one of a kind, Ryan, and you’ll be so missed. Hard time believing we won’t be able to see you again but I know you’ll be up there making everyone laugh like only you could!
Danny Good
Ryan, Even though we drifted apart after high school. I still have nothing but fond memories of our time riding our bikes to 7/11, going to your house every 4th of July for post Rib fest fireworks. Even the few times we randomly ran into each other in the city. It was just like we were teenagers again. It was never a dull or bad time when you were around. You will be deeply missed by so many people. You were such a great person and even without seeing you often over the past decade and a half the amount of pain and sadness I feel is just a testament to how great of a person you were. Till I see you again. Deepest regrets and sorrow, Danny Good
Danny Good
Ryan, Even though we drifted apart after high school. I still have nothing but fond memories of our time riding our bikes to 7/11, going to your house every 4th of July for post Rib fest fireworks. Even the few times we randomly ran into each other in the city. It was just like we were teenagers again. It was never a dull or bad time when you were around. You will be deeply missed by so many people. You were such a great person and even without seeing you often over the past decade and a half the amount of pain and sadness I feel is just a testament to how great of a person you were. Till I see you again. Deepest regrets and sorrow, Danny Good
Jimmy McCarthy
Ryan was one of the best hangs there is. This is a tragedy. Steve, Ang, Em.. My heart breaks for you. Rip King.
Ernie and Liz Barela
Angie and Family, We wish we had the words to lighten the pain and agony you are feeling but sometimes words, however gentle cannot take your loss away. Still, we hope our prayers find a way to help comfort you today. You are in our thoughts and prayers as our deepest condolences go out to you and the entire family.
Polakowski Family
Sending love to the Holdway family during this difficult time. You are all in our prayers.
Polakowski Family
Sending love to the Holdway family during this difficult time. You are all in our prayers.