In Memory Of

Ryan Consolver

Written by  March 31, 2006

Aug. 2002 the Consolver family lost their 24-year-old son, Ryan, to a tragic motorcycle accident. This family could not imagine how the God they know and love could take this young boy so early in his life.
Several months went by. Mom went to counseling, prayed and joined a support group for parents of lost children. Dad withdrew and could barely talk about it. Together they knew somehow, someway, they had to pull out of this depression and go on with their lives as Ryan would want them to. Ryan’s dad is in the automotive business loves old cars and Harley’s and is well experienced in the art of bodywork. Mom is a planner, leader and involved in numerous clubs and activities. They put their expertise together and came up with an idea that would remember Ryan on his birthday, and make a huge impact in not just their own lives, but the lives of many others.
The name “Ride for Ryan” came first. This should be a motorcycle event, since Ryan would like that. Then talking to other family and friends the idea grew and grew. They’d form a small committee. This has to be huge they all agreed; Ryan loved parties. Where they would ride and gather had to be worked out. Why not ride a route where Ryan lived, went to school, and hung out with friends all his life? That would be good. The idea got bigger, and so did the committee. Next thing they knew, Ryan’s friends, cousins and immediate family made up a planning committee of 35.
The decision was made to use the proceeds to keep Ryan’s memory alive through a scholarship fund. He got a full scholarship to pursue his love of building homes. His scholarship would have to be for kids who wanted to do the same.
Dad came out of his depression. He had something to work for, something he had to do for his son. He must re-build the 1995 Harley Fat Boy, Ryan had the accident on in time for this event. Six months of love, sweat and money got the memory bike together so it could lead the crowd that day. The bike was now show quality!
Mom had flyers made up and gave them to any motorcycles she saw parked. She went to the local H.O.G. chapter and told them the tragic story. Tears filled the room as she told this group of bikers that she didn’t know, how her dream was to have 300 motorcycles show up for the first Ride for Ryan. Most people thought she was expecting way too much and was afraid she’d be disappointed. She had faith, and she kept on praying for 300. She had put a big “star” on the 300th registration form just in case. The day of the 1st ride was cloudy and threatened of rain, but what a joy when prayers were answered and there were 301 registrations! A very successful ride, and now 3 years later, the annual ride continues to grow and they have given 12 scholarships to date.
This year’s 4th annual Ride for Ryan is June 3, 2006, starting at St. Joe Harley Davidson, 4020 S 169 Hwy. St. Joseph MO. Registration starts at 10:00, ride leaves as a group at noon.
100 mile ride.
$15.00 per rider
Food, prizes, auction, band, bike blessing, balloon release and DJ music
$200 first place
$100 2nd place
$50 3rd place
$100 to rider who comes the farthest.

Lead photo and above information provided by Janis Consolver
Additional photos by Stripe