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RYAN W. LEES, 29, formerly of Solon, Ohio., died May 12, 2015 due to injuries sustained in an unfortunate motorcycle accident. Ryan was born on Sept. 10, 1985 in Cleveland, Ohio to David and Terri (Games) Lees. He attended Solon schools and graduated from Gerson High School in 2004. In 2006 Ryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was part of 1st Combat Engineer Battalion out of Camp Pendleton, California where he obtained the rank of sergeant. He served two deployments under Iraqi Freedom and Iraqi Endurance. Ryan had recently returned home after spending three of the last four years in Afghanistan as a private contractor for Lockheed Martin. Ryan is survived by his wife, Lynne Albers Lees, and parents, Dave and Terri Lees. He also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Though he was an only child, many loved him like a brother.
Ryan will always be remembered for his infectious energy and love of life. He lived without regrets and at full speed, without fear of obstacles or boundaries. Whether he was cliff jumping with Lynne in New Zealand or paragliding over Cape Town, South Africa, he never feared the risk and only lived in the moment. He is now at peace and no longer bound by any mortal restrictions.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 12 at San Clemente State Beach Historical Cottage (225 W. Calafia Ave., San Clemente, CA, 92672) and an open house to follow at S.C. Rider Supply (520 S. El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672). He will be buried with Full Military Honors at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Wounded Warriors Project. See more at: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=675&ovr_acv_id=1108&campaignSource=WEBSITE&source=BLB15004