Ryan J. Valdez, 21, of Havre and Rocky Boy died Sunday morning at Benefis East Hospital in Great Falls due to complications from surgery.
His wake service began Monday night at the Rocky Boy Catholic Church, with his funeral service scheduled at 10 a.m. today at the Rocky Boy Catholic Church with Father Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial was to follow at the Meyers Family Cemetery. Ryan was born March 28, 1986, to Michelle Badgley, and Henry Valdez Sr. In Havre. He was raised and educated in Havre, attending Havre public schools. Ryan was born with a rare heart condition. Although he had this condition, it never slowed him down. Ryan overcame many obstacles in his life smiling the entire time. Ryan worked various jobs in Havre at many fast food restaurants. He was a very friendly person who enjoyed visiting with people, hanging out with his friends and listening to music. His passion in life was skateboarding, a sport he thoroughly enjoyed. Ryan had a way about him that attracted many people. His nickname was Ry-Bear, from his grandmother Judy, who gave that name to him at a very young age and it stuck with him. Ryan was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents; paternal grandfather; and cousins, Warren Oats and David Meyers. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Michelle and James Harris of Rockingham, N. C.; father and stepmother, Henry and Carol Mae Valdez Sr. Of Pueblo, Colo.; brothers, Henry Valdez Jr. And Tyler Valdez, both of Rockingham; grandparents, Mike and Judy Badgley of Havre, Louis Sutherland of Rocky Boy, Henry and Cecelia Valdez of Pueblo; paternal great-grandmother Rose Valdez of Pueblo; great-stepgrandfather Elmer Harris of Rockingham; aunt, Monica (A.J.) Campbell of Havre; uncle, Michael (Lori) Badgley of Great Falls; greataunt who helped raise Ryan, Nadine (Myron) Oats Sr. Of Rocky Boy; special cousins, Myron Oats Jr. And Theron Oats of Rocky Boy; special nephews, Raymond and Carson Campbell of Havre and Daniel Badgley of Great Falls; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.