Ryan J. Commings

Ryan J. Commings

June 9, 1980 - December 24, 2020
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The Earth grew a little dimmer on December 24, 2020, when Ryan J. Commings left this world.
Born on June 9, 1980, Ryan was the son of Gary C. Commings and Denise J. Commings, wife of Robert M. Kearney.

Ryan grew up in Spring Township, graduated from Berks Christian School and attended Penn State Berks. Ryan was intelligent, witty and wise beyond his years. He was a quick study, which afforded him many opportunities. He dabbled in IT for a time, working at Avantex and Gateway Computers.

He attended school in Canada and became a certified home inspector, spending a few years working with his father at Pillar to Post. He also worked at the Brass Lantern and the Bistro at 614. His true passions, however, were his love of music and the great outdoors. Ryan's natural culinary skills took him to Telluride, CO, where he worked in some of the finest restaurants, enjoyed great music and film festivals and spent much of his time exploring trails less traveled.

When he came back to Berks County in 2018, Ryan reconnected with family and old friends. He bonded with his beautiful nieces, who adored him, and he forged some new friendships as well. Ryan often lamented that he didn't belong on this earth and couldn't find his purpose, yet he had an uncanny ability to read people. He never judged anyone and was generous to a fault, often giving his last dollar if he thought someone needed help. He never fully realized the gifts God gave him. People, old and young, were drawn to him and often sought his sage advice on matters of life.

Whenever possible, Ryan was hiking or kayaking in search of a quiet refuge from this world. He would often send pictures after reaching a particular spot with the caption, "I'm in my happy place". Ryan, we trust you are finally in your "ultimate" happy place with the One who created you before the foundation of the Earth and sustained you through your 'storied' albeit brief journey on this planet.

Ryan is survived by his sisters: Taylor L. Commings, St Petersburg, FL; Ashley E. Lapp, wife of Quentin, Lancaster, PA; adoring nieces: Vincenza, Penelope and Colette; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ryan is predeceased by his beloved Gammy Florence Ketner Boone and his doting Aunt Deborah L. Ketner.

To Quote a line from Ryan's favorite band: "Wish You Were Here..."

The family extends gratitude to the heroic efforts of the EMTs and the ER Doctors and Nurses at the Reading Hospital who treated Ryan on that fateful day and who extended grace, warmth and kindness to the family. A special thanks to the Neurosurgical team, the ICU nurses, the PACU nurses, and the nurses on T2 who instinctively knew how to give care with compassion knowing Ryan had to face his diagnosis and surgery without the physical support of a family member by his side. He was so grateful to every single health care worker he interacted with during his stay.

Plans for a celebration of Ryan's life will be forthcoming in 2021. Look for details on Facebook and the Kuhn Funeral Home Website.

In lieu of flowers and in light of the great need in our community, please, make a donation in Ryan's memory to any of the following: Opportunity House, 430 North 2nd St., Rdg 19601; Hope Rescue Mission, 645 North 6th St., Rdg 19601; Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, 831 Walnut St 19601 or Helping Harvest, 117 Morgan Drive, Rdg 19608. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at
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Lin Kenny

Posted at 10:03am
When I first met ry ry he was so sweet and caring of myself and family. We always laughed a lot and he was just so darn cute. He was so easy to like and adore. He loved my twin granddaughters and always offered to help since they were just newborns. Ry ry was always smiling even on his hardest days. I will miss him so very much. He is so loved and he always made me feel the same. I love you my ry ry❤️

Brian Bortz

Posted at 08:17pm
I knew Ryan since our early years at Gbfc. In reading Pennsylvania. Ryan was always a good friend I remember the Awana games youth group and all good things we share. I use to hangout with Ryan after school became real good friends. Gary and Denise is reason thought Christ why I started to volunteer when they ask me help in Awana back in 1992 I couldn't say no. I remember going to school reading high Ryan on the bus for his school see me walking yeah hey Brian enjoy your day at school. In 1991 I won most like Christ reward beating Ryan I still today think Ryan deserve it more than I did. I still have it today. To family my heart prayers goes out to you guys even though didn't get see him after our youth years my heart never stop thinking about u guys. Ryan ur never be forgotten cherish memories as youth group u and your cousin fighting but just playing mission trip we went on. Love u brother in Christ God needed you but I will never forget you.

Ryan Evans Posted at 12:12am

Ryan...I was really looking forward to seeing you again on the trip to Bali 😕 You taught me a lot while we were friends. Taught me to cook, taught me play pool, taught me that not everyone on this Earth is a terrible person. You were always so positive I thought. I miss watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 😆🤣 I still don’t want to believe this is real. I just talked to you the other day. Now I’m down not just a friend but I’m down one of my best friends and I mean that so much brother 😢 I’m going to miss ya a lot, ya know we may share the same first name but I also always thought of you kind of as my older brother, which is why this is even harder on me. I’m really mad not at you but just mad. Please watch over me please. Trust me bud you are def a big lost to a lot of good people. Love you forever Ryan ❤️ I’ll see you are the dark side of the moon.

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