Ryan Daniels memorial set for Thursday in EagleVail
A celebration of life memorial service will be held Thursday for Ryan Benjamin Kirby-Daniels. Daniels went missing on May 22 and was found in the Eagle River on July 26. The time and cause of death are not known.
Daniels is survived by his father, Stephen Daniels; mother, Aimee Daniels; sister, Jillian Young, of Pingree Grove, Illinois; and little brother, Logan, who lived with Daniels and his parents in EagleVail.
Daniels was born in the Denver area and lived in Decatur, Illinois, and EagleVail. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes School in Decatur, Illinois; Homestake Peak School in EagleVail; Stone Creek Charter School; and Red Canyon High School.
Daniels also attended Arivaca Boys Ranch in Arivaca, Arizona, where he learned natural horsemanship skills and trained his horse Lullabye, who he brought home to Eagle County.
Daniels always hoped to join the U.S. Military and was accepted into basic training in the United States Air Force but received a medical discharge in April for a hearing deficit in one ear.
The celebration of life memorial service will be Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the EagleVail Pavilion. The family would prefer donations to the Arivaca Boys Ranch or Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in his honor in lieu of flowers.