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Ryan Ribordy

June 10, 1998 — June 2, 2019

Ryan Ribordy, age 20 of Belle Fourche, died Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 at Rapid City.

The funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche.  Visitation will be held 5 to 7 pm Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Ryan William Ribordy was born June 10, 1998 in Spearfish.  He was the son of Ronald and Sonia (Ugland) Ribordy.  Ryan grew up in Belle Fourche where as a young boy you would see him playing soccer and baseball and he belonged to the cub scouts for a time.  He graduated from Belle Fourche high school in 2016.  He worked at Lynn’s Dakotamart for almost 5 years and during part of this time he was proud to be the youngest manager to have worked there.  For the past several months, Ryan has lived in Rapid City where he was a student at Western Dakota Tech.  There he enjoyed being part of the I.T. program and he liked to help others in the program.

Ryan was a unique young man who walked to the beat of his own drum.  He had his own style and never worried about fitting in with the crowd.  He was witty and kind and he enjoyed learning different things like speaking German or playing guitar.  He read literature that was deep and complicated.  He was a great writer; he enjoyed World War II history and collecting unique knives.  Ryan served on the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department for a short time, and he enjoyed hunting and camping.  He liked music, but it had to be rock and roll and heavy metal  He loved his family very much, and he was a great “big brother” and a wonderful son and grandson.  He suffered from depression for several years, and he always called home when he was down and needed help.  But this time he didn’t and it’s so hard to understand why.  He will be missed forever.  He was a great young man.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Ron and Sonia Ribordy of Belle Fourche; brother, Reese of Belle Fourche; paternal grandfather, Bill Ribordy (fiancé’ Bonnie Hespe) of Belle Fourche; maternal grandparents, Howard and Connie Ugland of Spearfish; paternal great grandmother, Gussie Ribordy of Spearfish; aunts and uncles, Renee’ and Colin Thompson of Whitewood, Edward (fiancé’ Kristin) Ugland of Rapid City, Tracey Ugland of Casa Grande AZ, Travis and Melinda Ugland of Spearfish; and several cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Sharon “Joy” Ribordy.

Funeral  Service

10:00 A.M. – Saturday – June 8, 2019

United Methodist Church

Belle Fourche, South Dakota



Pastor Bob Duemig


Special Music

“The Old Rugged Cross”, “Go Rest High on that Mountain”

“How Strong He Is”

Debra Leverington, DJ Tomac, Tom Wilt

“Brother” – (Recorded)

Guitar Solo - Logan Miller


Honorary Casketbearers

Anika Cecil                                                     Gavin Ugland

Cooper Ugland                                               Taylor Ugland


Active Casketbearers

Ayden Drabek            Kelly Montgomery    Tel Montgomery

Reese Ribordy             Troy Thompson          Aaron Wagner



Pine Slope Cemetery

Belle Fourche, South Dakota


A Poem for Ryan


Ryan was loved so very much.

He was a great “big brother”

and a very special son.

Ryan was loved like no other.


Ryan was witty and kind-hearted

and he made his parents proud.

He walked to the beat of his own drum

not looking for the applause of the crowd.


He loved his loud music.

Rock ‘n’ Roll it had to be.

He liked learning new things

and camping with his family.


It is hard to let him go.

We wonder “How can this be?”

We will hold tight to each other

as we let him go free.


~Mark Leverington~


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Service Schedule

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Friday, June 7, 2019

5:00 - 7:00pm (Mountain time)

Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills

715 National St, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

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