Ryan M. Gaffey, 17, of Riceville, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014. A memorial service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma. Burial was at Howard Cemetery. Visitation was 3:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, 407 Woodland Avenue, Riceville. Visitation continued an hour prior to the service at the church. 

Ryan Mikal Gaffey was born Sept. 9, 1996, son of Mark and Donna (Ewy) Gaffey in Osage. He attended Riceville Community High School where he was completing his junior year. Ryan was active in FFA, helped in the greenhouse, and in carpentry at school. He was “Master of the Carburator” and was able to fix anything with a motor. He often worked on teacher’s vehicles at the school. He especially liked fixing up lawn mowers for mud bogging on the racetrack behind his dad’s shop. Ryan took pride in his Dodge Stratus RT and his pickup truck. He enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, fishing, snowmobiling and demolition derbys.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Mark and Donna Gaffey of Riceville; brother, Darren (Michelle) Ewy of Rochester, Minn.; sister, Angela (fiancé Ryan Ketch) Gaffey of West Pueblo, Colo.; aunts and uncles: Dr. Michael J. Gaffey of Grand Forks, N.D., Paula (Ambassador Larry) Dinger of Reston, Va., Dennis “Pat” (Deb) Gaffey of Pasco, Wash., Maureen Gaffey of St. Paul, Minn., Karen (Ernie) Schofield of Riceville, Theresa (Hervey) Gaffey-Evans of St. Paul, Minn., Brian Gaffey of Riceville and David (fiancé Michele) Ewy of Elma; many cousins; his good friends, Brian Reicks of Riceville and Jacob Mogren of Saratoga; and several other friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Sean; maternal grandparents, Warren and Alice (Brockney) Ewy; paternal grandparents, Paul and Roberta (Cox) Gaffey; his uncle Thomas Gaffey; and aunt Sue Gaffey.