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Ryan L. Smith

Nov 29, 1979 - Nov 14, 2019


Ryan L. Smith, age 39, of Sheboygan, died on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1979, the son of Carl Smith and Jeannie Connell Smith.

Ryan graduated in 1998 from Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colorado. He attended college at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida. On July 19, 2014 he was united in marriage to Jennifer Landgraf in Sheboygan. Ryan was employed for sixteen years at Van Horn Automotive Group, most recently as an Inventory Manager.

Ryan enjoyed target shooting, camping, snorkeling, swimming and sharing his great sense of humor. His true passion was for cars; everything from muscle cars to current models. Ryan also enjoyed spending quality time with his wife and daughter, whom he deeply loved.

Survivors include his wife, Jenny, of Sheboygan; daughter, Rilynn; parents, Jeannie Smith and Les Mullens, of Castle Rock, Colorado; his brother, Elliott Smith, of Denver; a brother-in-law, Jason (Sara) Landgraf, of Sheboygan; niece, Libby and two nephews, Andrew and Sean. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends. Ryan was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carl and Cathy Landgraf, his grandmother, Gemma Connell, his grandparents, Jack and Edna Smith, and his aunt and godmother, Gemma-Lee Cole.

A private service will be held in Ryan’s honor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in honor of Ryan, to be sent to Jenny Smith for their daughter’s college fund.

The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at



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Jeannie, I am at a loss for words. My prayers are for you and Ryan's wife and baby girl, and extended family. I can not say I feel your pain, but I can only imagine. I love you Jeannie with all my heart. This pain will never pass, it will just get easier to deal with.

Anthony Williams

I’ve never had the privilege to have met Ryan. I know of him through his mother Jeannie. She is married to my step father, Les Mullens. I only know of him through the pride and joy that exuded through Jeannie when she spoke of him. The sorrows and grief that are being carried by everyone around Ryan, especially Jeannie, is something I can’t conceive. His life, taken too soon, will be a testimony to the joy he brought to so many. His daughter shall grow to be his everlasting beacon witnessing his life’s meaning and purpose through her. Our deepest condolences to all of the family but especially to Jeannie, Elliot and Les. All of our love to you during this most difficult time, Tony, Toni, Parker and Keaton

John Aker

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Ryan at Vanhorns when I helped as a Car delivery driver. I will miss him. He was a friend that will be remembered.

Ann Noreen Bernard

Jenny, I was so sad to hear of Ryan's passing. I am praying that God will give you strength and guidance during this difficult time. If there is anything I could do for you, please let me know. You have been in my thoughts, and helping you would be something your mother would want me to do. Love and a huge hug, Ann

Cindy Conrad

Dear Jenny, I am thinking of you in this time of sorrow. The world has lost someone very special. I enjoyed meeting him at the wedding and at the Highland House. Prayers are sent your way and God Bless you through this difficult time, so I am sending you and Rilynn a HUG to help you through this. Love, your Zumba Mom, Cindy Conrad

Melissa a Dickrell

I always enjoyed working with him and learned alot from Ryan in the year i knew. Rest in peace .