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It is with tremen­dous sad­ness and relief that we share the news of Ryan James Verkaik’s death. The war he fought here on earth for the last 14 years ended when he took his last breath on October 17, 2017 in the place he loved, sur­rounded by peo­ple he loved, as his cows and dog and rab­bits and chick­ens stood nearby. He is fi­nally free of the pain and agony from his bro­ken body and joins his brother, Tyler Brett Verkaik, in the safe and lov­ing arms of Je­sus. Although we are fairly cer­tain that he’s al­ready co­or­di­nated a baseball game with his brother. And this time he will PLAY the game in­stead of ref­eree or watch from the stands!

Ryan taught us how to live. He was a wise, old soul in a young boy’s body. He looked at the world dif­fer­ently. He lived coura­geously. He fought bravely. And loved fiercely be­cause a part of him al­ways knew he didn’t quite fit in in this world. God had a dif­fer­ent plan for him from the very be­gin­ning. Even still, he found ways to live well each day, whether be­ing out­side with his an­i­mals, in­side with his Le­gos, watch­ing Star Wars, talk­ing about baseball, sa­vor­ing a Star­bucks Frap­puc­cino, or en­joy­ing an In-n-Out burger. He al­ways found rea­sons to keep liv­ing, laugh­ing, and lov­ing and through it all, he never stopped prais­ing his Sav­ior. While the jour­ney was hard and the pain was real, it was a true priv­i­lege to be his mom and dad.

Ryan leaves be­hind many amaz­ing doc­tors, nurses, and ther­a­pists, who worked ev­ery sin­gle day to make his life the best it could be. Be­cause of Ryan, steps for­ward have been made as the med­i­cal world con­tin­ues to learn about Dysker­ato­sis Con­genita. He con­nected the world Ger­many to Cal­i­for­nia, to Min­nesota, to Mary­land, to Texas, to Ohio, and yet he was able to spend his last days in the com­fort of his own home, en­joy­ing his cows out­side his win­dow from the re­cliner.

Ryan is sur­vived by his lov­ing and heart­bro­ken par­ents, Michael and Colleen Verkaik, and his grand­par­ents, Pete and Mar­cia Verkaik, and Wil­lie and Jo­lene Bylsma. He leaves be­hind his ex­tended fam­ily as well as friends who have be­come fam­ily, far too many to list.

We in­vite you to join us in cel­e­brat­ing the life of our pre­cious son. The ser­vice will be held on Wed­nes­day, October 25th at Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Av­enue in Tur­lock, CA at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flow­ers we en­cour­age you to con­tinue Ryan’s legacy and do­nate to a go­fundme memo­rial ac­count set up in his honor. All pro­ceeds will be for­warded to the Univer­sity of Min­nesota’s Pe­di­atric Bone Mar­row Trans­plant re­search pro­gram as well as Na­tion­wide Chil­drens Hos­pi­tal Pe­di­atric Lung Trans­plant pro­gram. https:// www.go­­verkaik-memo­rial-fund.

The Oak­dale (Calif.) Leader Oct. 25, 2017 DAVID C. CLINE April 9, 1934 – Oct. 13, 2017

David Charles Cline passed away on October 13, 2017 at the age of 83 years. He was a life­long res­i­dent of Escalon. David grad­u­ated from Escalon High School in 1952 and mar­ried Glo­ria Hunt in 1956. He served in the US Army, was a truck driver and a long time rice farmer. Dad loved to fish and watch his west­ern movies.

David is sur­vived by his daugh­ters, Judy Wil­lad­sen and Cathi Mer­ritt (Jerry) both of Escalon, his grand­chil­dren, Wendy (Jeff), Jerry, Sarah, Melissa, Kathryn, Terry and DJ along with 12 great-grand­chil­dren. David is pre­ceded in death by his wife, Glo­ria, his son, David, Jr. and his daugh­ter, Shirley.

Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Dee­gan Fu­neral Chapel. A vis­i­ta­tion is sched­uled for Friday, October 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dee­gan Chapel; 1441 San Joaquin Street in Escalon. A fu­neral ser­vice is sched­uled for Satur­day, October 28 at 1 p.m., also at Dee­gan Chapel, fol­lowed by in­ter­ment at Bur­wood Ceme­tery.

David’s daugh­ters would like to thank Community Hos­pice for their ser­vices and a spe­cial thank you to his nurses, Wendy and Janell for their kind­ness dur­ing his time of need.

The Oak­dale (Calif.) Leader Oct. 25, 2017

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