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Calling Hours:
Monday, April 18, 2022, 4:00-7:00pm
Anderson Lounge of Zion's Reformed UCC
260 Main St., Greenville, PA

Memorial Service:
Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 11:00am
Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ
260 Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. Tim Morrison, officiating
United Church of Christ Pastor

Ryan William Nicklin of Greenville passed away on Monday, April 11 from a car accident in Warren County near Heart’s Content, PA. Ryan loved this area near the family camp named Nick’s Coop. He was scouting out good fishing holes to enjoy for a few days of fishing with his Air Force Academy friend when he passed.

Ryan was born to Darrell and Sue Anderson Nicklin on October 14, 1978, in Greenville. He was an excellent student and member of the National Honor Society. As a guard, he played a key role in the 1996 GHS football team that went to the PIAA State Final Four. In his senior year, he obtained the honor of Eagle Scout and graduated with honors from Greenville High School in 1997.

He was the first of two GHS students to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. There he thrived and fell in love with the mountains becoming an excellent skier. He especially loved time spent in beautiful Telluride, Co. which he visited whenever possible for skiing, hiking and fishing. Ryan was a distinguished graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2001.

Ryan attended Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. After receiving his USAF Pilot wings his passion to fly the A 10 “Warthog” carried him to multiple combat deployments throughout the Pacific, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He flew over 50 combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and along the Korean peninsula’s demilitarized zone.

Throughout his Air Force career Ryan proudly flew with the 25th, 75th, and 354th Fighter Squadrons at Osan Air Base - Republic of Korea, Pope AFB NC, and Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. Additionally he served alongside the United States Army as an Air Liaison Officer at Ft. Irwin, CA.

Wherever he served he gave it his all. Some of the many accommodations given him from his superior officers throughout his 13-year career were: “Dedicated professional. Superb Officer! Pinnacle of combat leadership! Skilled administrator. Leader among peers. Outstanding Aviator. Phenomenal combat performance. Gold plated officer and warrior. A driving force behind the unit’s success.” He proudly obtained the rank of Major.

While serving overseas, he remotely obtained his MBA from Boston University School of Management. In 2013, he left the Air Force to come back to his hometown working at Anderson Coach & Travel, the family business started by his grandparents Dot & O.D. Anderson. Here he served in many capacities. He also served on the newly formed Greenville Area School District Educational Foundation board.

Ryan is survived by his parents of Greenville; his sister Kristen Jennings; and her husband Charlie of Ellwood City, Pa. His brother Joshua Sanders of Greenville. His nephew Tyler Jennings and niece Elizabeth Jennings of Ellwood City. His much loved girlfriend, Michelle Yeager of Zelienople and his beloved poodle, Thomas.

Uncles Lyle Anderson (Susan) of Jamestown; Doug Anderson (Lori) of Mercer; Norman Nicklin (Chong) of Phoenix, Az.; David Jones of Canton, Ohio. Cousins: Dallas Anderson (Jennifer) of Boulder, Co.; Stuart Anderson (Meredith) of Fox Chapel, Pa. Brian Jones (Karen) of Southbury, Ct.; Scott Jones (Jackie) of Phoenix, Az; Derek Jones of Bullard, TX.; Craig Jones of Winchester, Ma.; Evan Anderson and Andrew Anderson both of Mercer; Brian Clark (Carrie) of Myakka City, Fl. And Cheryl Martin (Bruce) of Lexington, S.C; Aunts Karen Anderson Jones and Rowena Nicklin Lucas as well as grandparents, Dot and O.D. Anderson and Thelma and Harold Nicklin predeceased him as well as his beloved dogs Beau and Jackson.

His family thanks all family, friends and neighbors for support at this difficult time with special recognition to Ryan’s wonderful friends Charlie Mauze’ and John Isacco, Air Force Academy alumni.

The family respectfully requests no flowers but donations in his memory may be made to Strayhaven Animal Shelter, 94 Donation Rd., Greenville, PA 16125, Greenville Area School District Educational Foundation, 9 Donation Rd., Greenville, PA 16125 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.

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42 Comments

  1. Mary Ella Young Mary Ella Young
    April 15, 2022    

    Dear Sue and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. Our hearts are broken for you. May God surround you with His comfort and presence at this time.
    Mary Ella & Ray Young

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 15, 2022    

    Dear Susan & Darrell and the family. I’m so sorry for your loss! Can’t imagine how you all are feeling!! It’s terrible, it’s hard right now to wrap your heads around such a loss! Sincerely, Carol (Anderson) Seidle

  3. Bonnie/Clyde Anderson Bonnie/Clyde Anderson
    April 15, 2022    

    Expressing Our Condolences to The Nicklin and Anderson Families and to those Who called Ryan Friend. Ryan dedicated himself to service of Country, then returned, taking part in His Grandparents Bus and Tour Company. Ryan shall be missed, but kept in many Hearts and Minds with Memories.
    Bonnie & Clyde Anderson

  4. Ella Marshall Ella Marshall
    April 15, 2022    

    Sending warm hugs and love your way as you travel this unwanted chapter of life. No words are adequate for the sorrow you are experiencing. Just know you have been lifted in prayer ever since I received the news yesterday and will be in my prayers the days and weeks ahead. May you find comfort in the words of family and friends as they share warm memories of Ryan. Caring, Ella

  5. Greg Greenlee Greg Greenlee
    April 15, 2022    

    Sue, Darrel,l and Family my Deepest Sympathy. Prayers for The Lord’s Comfort Especially as you Celebrate Ryan’s Life.

  6. Matt Shepard Matt Shepard
    April 15, 2022    

    Sue Darrel and family we are deeply saddened about Ryan’s passing we have you all in our thoughts and prayers. Met Ryan when I worked for Andersons .

  7. Kimmy Cianci Kimmy Cianci
    April 15, 2022    

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear about Ryan’s passing. Sending so many warm wishes and a ton of positive energy your way as you go through this grieving process. With my deepest sympathy, Kimmy Cianci

  8. Carol Bass Carol Bass
    April 15, 2022    

    Sue, Nick and family- I am so sorry for this tragic loss. Ryan led a purposeful life full of accomplishments, adventures and the love of family, friends and dogs. May you come to find peace in the knowledge that you were always there to love ,support and encourage him.

  9. Kathleen Freeman Nelson Kathleen Freeman Nelson
    April 15, 2022    

    I am so sorry for your tragic loss I know the pain you are feeling and the heartbreak only those of us who have lost a child know. I will keep you all in my prayers and send a big hug to help you through this awful time .

  10. Jon Mills, Elk Grove Village IL Jon Mills, Elk Grove Village IL
    April 15, 2022    

    What an amazing man with so much to still live for. A death is always difficult but when unexpected it is just so much harder to wrap your arms around. I knew his Mother since the sixth grade so know all the love and care she gave him. The Anderson family was part of my life for all the years I lived in Greenville. A life gone way to soon. Peace to his family and friends.

  11. Guy Moderelli Guy Moderelli
    April 15, 2022    

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan was especially helpful to me when I first started at Anderson’s. I honor his service to our Country. Prayers to his family.

  12. Marlene Grant Marlene Grant
    April 15, 2022    

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
    Matthew 5:4
    Dear Michelle and Ryan’s Family,
    Sending my deepest and heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Michelle’s Love Ryan. May you all take comfort in knowing his Homecoming will be beautiful as he is welcomed with opened arms and the Love from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that Ryan is now your Guardian Angel and will be looking down on you from the Heavens above.

  13. Troy/Sandy Myers Troy/Sandy Myers
    April 15, 2022    

    Nick and Sue, Troy and I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayer are with you and your family at this time.

  14. Rhonda (Gruver) Soros and Family Rhonda (Gruver) Soros and Family
    April 15, 2022    

    “Eternal rest grant unto Ryan, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May Ryan’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.” From our family to yours we want to express our heartfelt condolences. Ryan was a good boy when I knew him and he obviously grew into a great man. As you mourn Ryan’s passing know that many are praying for you all; may God give you peace and comfort, and may you feel God’s loving embrace through all those who embrace and hold you up in the coming days.

  15. Becky and Dave McFadden & Family Becky and Dave McFadden & Family
    April 15, 2022    

    Dear Sue and Nick and Family, our family wishes you many chances to see the rainbows through your grief and tears at the loss of Ryan. Boxes of Kleenex, Peace, and Blessings to you.

  16. Brigitta Francoeur Brigitta Francoeur
    April 15, 2022    

    My heartfelt condolences to his family. I met Ryan this past year at Peek N Peak Ski Resort in Clymer, NY, when he joined the Safety Patrol, and I was in the Ski Patrol. Ryan was very polite and friendly to all. He will be missed…

  17. Deb and Terry Mariacher Deb and Terry Mariacher
    April 15, 2022    

    Sue Ann and Darrell and Family,
    Deepest sympathy in the passing of your precious son, Ryan. Hoping that the many wonderful memories you shared with Ryan will provide you with some comfort and peace. Your Mother will have her arms open in love.

  18. Cathy and Ron Lewis Cathy and Ron Lewis
    April 15, 2022    

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May loving memories be with you until you are with him again.

  19. Linda Davis Linda Davis
    April 15, 2022    

    Dear Sue and family ,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Ryan . I will pray for strength and comfort for you at this difficult time .
    Linda Davis – former staff member at The Heritage at St Paul’s

  20. Shirley Harco Shirley Harco
    April 15, 2022    

    Dear Sue, Nick, and family,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Ryan’s untimely death. I have been praying for you since I heard the news. Ryan was a gentle soul when I saw him at work. Heaven’s gates have opened and our Lord welcomed him with open arms. He will have peace at last and be free from pain.
    Praying for comfort for the family
    Sending my love to all of you.

  21. Frank Kytchak D.C. Frank Kytchak D.C.
    April 15, 2022    

    I am so sorry for your loss I remember stopping by his cadet training in Col.to take him and other cadet friends out to dinner.What a lot he did for service to our country since then.He will be missed.May God bless your family.

  22. Joe and Karen Marino Joe and Karen Marino
    April 15, 2022    

    Dear Nick and Sue So sorry to hear about the loss of Ryan our thoughts and prayers are with you

  23. Marcia Love Hillary Marcia Love Hillary
    April 15, 2022    

    Dear Sue & family,

    My heart goes out to you at this very sad time. Hold your memories close to help comfort you.

    Marcia Love Hillary

  24. Sharonwingard Sharonwingard
    April 15, 2022    

    Sue Ann,Nick and family,,
    I..We are deeply sorry about Ryan’s passing,,I know how proud of him you were and so admired all his wonderful accomplishments,,,He was a inspiration to many that knew him❤️You have many many sweet and proud memories to keep close too your hearts,,,With sympathies to all and thinking about you all at this sad and difficult time❤️

  25. Karen Stegkamper Karen Stegkamper
    April 15, 2022    

    Our heart aches for all of you. Please know we are praying for all of you. May God grant you some peace. He was an outstanding young man….too soon taken. Love and prayers….Jerry and Karen Stegkamper.

  26. Judy McCurdy Kukol and family Judy McCurdy Kukol and family
    April 16, 2022    

    Dear Sue and family, so sorry to hear of the untimely passing of your son, Ryan. Our deepest sympathies to you all. Ryan must have been an amazing son who will be greatly missed by all.

  27. Martie and George Martie and George
    April 16, 2022    

    Dear Sue, Nick and family, We are so very sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing, we can’t imagine the pain this news brought to your home and family. Ryan was one of my favorite people at Anderson, always a friendly smile and he exuded warmth and trust. I was heartbroken when I heard the news. Our deepest sympathies and prayers to all of you at the loss of such a wonderful man.

  28. Jim Myers Jim Myers
    April 16, 2022    

    Sue Ann, Darrell, Doug and the entire Nicklin/Anderson family, I am very sorry to hear about Ryan. Ryan was helpful to me while I worked at ACT and it was obvious that he knew the business. A true gentleman. Also, as Guy Moderelli said, I honor his service to our Country. Please know that you are all in my thoughts. If there is anything I can do, let me know.

  29. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 16, 2022    

    Dear Sue and Nick: May God grant you His peace in this time of great sorrow. Rev. Robert Kobele

  30. Mcdaniel Mcdaniel
    April 16, 2022    

    Michelle,
    You have our sympathy,
    Our prayers for you and all the family, may you find comfort in Gods word.
    Love you,
    Joe and Bonnie and all of our family.

  31. Susanne and Howard Doughty Susanne and Howard Doughty
    April 17, 2022    

    Sue and Darrell,
    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your son, Ryan. Your family and your Bus Family will miss him very much. He was so accomplished and so young. We’re thinking of you during this difficult time.

  32. Marc and Jean Rinella Marc and Jean Rinella
    April 17, 2022    

    Darrell & Susan and Family
    Marc & I are very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  33. Ron & Jill Graham Ron & Jill Graham
    April 17, 2022    

    Darrell, Sue, and the entire Anderson and Nicklin families: Ron and I sincerely offer our condolences to you all. Ryan was an amazing young man and he left this earth way too soon. Ron always enjoyed working with him at Andersons. We are out of town and unable to come to see you in person, but we want to know that you are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. May God continue to hold each and every one of you close to Him as you move forward with your lives. RIP Ryan, you will always be remembered by many. God bless.

  34. Scott Fetzer & Ann Marie Scott Fetzer & Ann Marie
    April 18, 2022    

    Both Ann Marie and I are very sorry for your loss, I have watched him grow through the years. I truly enjoyed working with him at Andersons and will always remember him as a great leader, dedicated in his service to our country, most of a good friend. We leave a scripture in which is dear to our hearts for the family….. (to be absent from the body, is to be in the presence of the Lord) with love.

  35. Sonya Forrai Sonya Forrai
    April 18, 2022    

    Charlie, Kristen and the Nicklin family,

    Sending condolences from your Westinghouse family. We are so sorry for your loss. We will be here to support you and know always that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  36. Shirley Batteiger and Terry Knauff Shirley Batteiger and Terry Knauff
    April 18, 2022    

    Nick, Sue and family, It is with heavy hearts that we are sending you condolences on Ryans untimely passing. He will be missed at Hearts Content

  37. Beverly Titzel Beverly Titzel
    April 19, 2022    

    Sue and Nick and family,

    Words can’t express our sincere sympathy on losing your adventurous, awesome, talented, intelligent, and loving son?. May you feel strength from our Lord and Saviour. Love, Bev and JD

  38. Peg Brown Peg Brown
    April 20, 2022    

    To Sue and the Nicklin family,

    The amazing accomplishments and character of Ryan are a tribute to you. Your loss is being felt by everyone whose lives have been touched by your family. May the support and love of family and friends help you at this sad time.

  39. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 21, 2022    

    To The Nicklin Anderson Family,

    Ellen and I are very sorry for your loss of your son and our neighbor. We will miss seeing Ryan and Thomas as we walk by his beautiful home. May you find strength in your memories in this difficult time.

    Ellen and Rick Robbins

  40. Bob Perry Bob Perry
    April 25, 2022    

    Dear Nicklin Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan, or Papa, as we called him in Mach One was a great man. I was lucky enough to room with him our freshman year at the Air Force Academy. He had an impressive character. He was very talented and a diligent worker. He had an impressive ability to withstand the rigors of being a Mach One smack and also do very well academically. His nickname was earned in part because of his stature and his voice, but also he had a maturity and calmness of someone with far more years. When I found myself struggling on numerous occasions, Papa would have some perspective and encouragement. In particular, I remember a time when I hadn’t memorized a multi-paragraph quote. During a training session, an upperclassmen discovered my ignorance. The upperclassmen made me stand at attention and yelled at me for about an hour while the rest of the Mach One freshman held the push-up position. When I got back to our room, I fell apart and cried. Papa didn’t blame me for the misery of that training session, but told me to brush it off and press on. We would review the quotes and other knowledge together. His kindness and his example helped me keep going. He deserves some credit for my success as well as his own.

    I lost track of Papa after graduation until we caught up at our 20th reunion last fall. It was great to see him. Even after all those years of being out of touch, it was awesome to talk like we did half a lifetime ago at the Academy. I had hoped to reconnect with him again.

    In a couple months, I’m taking my son off to college. I truly hope that he will have someone in his life that will be a positive influence for him the way that Papa was for me.

    My deepest sympathy,
    Bob Perry

  41. Chris Jackson Chris Jackson
    April 26, 2022    

    Ryan portrayed excellence, demonstrated incredible integrity and character, was tremendously smart, and a great friend to many. I look back on many laughs we shared while we were at USAFA. My utmost condolences to Ryan’s family and loved ones; your influence helped make him such a great American. A nickel on the grass for this fantastic fighter pilot, true patriot, and combat veteran.

    Chris Jackson
    USAFA 2001

  42. Lt Col Rob Marshall Lt Col Rob Marshall
    April 27, 2022    

    Dear Nicklins and Friends of Ryan,

    “Papa” was a great friend and Air Force colleague. I was lucky enough to go through basic training and my first two years of the Air Force Academy with him. As Bob Perry said above, Ryan was a foundation of maturity, intelligence and humor we could always count on when things were tough. He was unshakeable! That was clear in his outstanding academic grades and his success in the fighter pilot community. Last fall we held a brunch at my house before going to the Falcon football game. The best surprise was for our beloved Papa to be there and share what he had been up to recently. Many of us hadn’t seen him in some time and we were all filled with joy at having our brother join us for laughs, food, champagne and the sharing of many memories. His loss leaves a gap that can’t be filled, for there was only one “Papa” and we all miss him dearly. We raise a toast to him now and for the years to come.

    Rob Marshall
    USAFA 2001, Mighty Mach One ’97-’99

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