Ryan Andrew Buxman “Bux”


Ryan Andrew Buxman “Bux”, 36, of Fowler, IL, passed away on February 1, 2024, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Born on April 26, 1987, in Quincy, Illinois, Ryan was a bright light in the lives of all who knew him, remembered for his intelligence, kindness, and exceptional talent.

Friends and family are invited to Ryan’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Wednesday, February 7, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL.

A funeral ceremony will be at 10:00 am Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL. Pastor Darren Funk will officiate. Burial will follow at New Providence Cemetery in Ursa, IL.

Ryan attended school at Liberty High School, class of 2005, where his academic prowess shone brightly, excelling particularly in mathematics. His musical abilities were equally impressive; he skillfully played the trumpet for the school’s marching and concert band. Ryan’s educational journey continued as he attended John Wood Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he furthered his knowledge and skills. Professionally, Ryan dedicated himself to the role of pharmacy technician at Walgreens Pharmacy. His meticulous nature and innate desire to help others made him a valued member of the team and a favorite among customers and colleagues alike.

Beyond his academic and professional endeavors, Ryan was a huge sports fan, with golf being his number one passion, whether he was playing or watching it on tv. He was an avid golfer. He made a name for himself on the golf course during his high school years, qualifying for the state competition annually. In July 2020, he achieved a remarkable feat by tying the course record at Westview with an impressive score of 61. With several holes-in-one to his credit, Ryan’s passion for golf was unmistakable. His favorite course, Arrowhead Heights in Camp Point, Illinois, was a place where he felt most at peace, challenging himself against the course he loved so dearly.

Ryan’s interests extended beyond the green; he enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and immersing himself in the world of podcasts and classic rock. In particular, he never missed an episode of the Pat McAfee Show. His musicality was not limited to the trumpet; he could also play the piano and guitar by ear, showcasing his innate talent and love for music. When it came to sports, it was unheard of for Ryan to miss an Indianapolis Colts football game or a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. You could always count on Ryan to be rooting for his favorite sports teams.

Ryan cherished his family deeply, possessing a heart that embraced everyone fortunate enough to know him. His conversations always concluded with the heartfelt words, “I love you.”

Family was the cornerstone of Ryan’s life. He leaves behind a loving family, including his father, Rick Buxman (Kathy) of Quincy, IL; his mother, Rhonda Buxman of Fowler, IL; his siblings, Sarah Crane (Justin) of Palmyra, MO, Sonya Lay (Matt) of Hannibal, MO, Jason Buxman (Carrie) of Quincy, IL, and Brooke Seals (Zach) of Ursa, IL. His eleven nieces and nephews, Avery, Jaxon, Quinton, Noah, Jaxon, Chase, Ana, Braxton, Zali, Bristol, and Braycee, will miss their fun-loving uncle dearly. He is also survived by his grandparents, Leonard and Nancy Morley, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who will cherish the memory of his kind spirit.

Ryan’s sudden departure leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew him. His legacy of kindness, intelligence, and a life lived with passion will continue to inspire his family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Cody Martin, Jesse Hager, Steve Powell, Kermit Masten, Brandon Neisen, Brian Jansen, Dane Jansen, and Zach Fisher. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jared Schmidt, Andy Seals, Jacob Charlton, and Kyle Will.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ryan Buxman Golf Memorial.

Online condolences may be shared and video tribute may be viewed at www.ODonnellCookson.com.

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