May 19, 1977 - December 5, 2005
This page was created to remember a bright young man, a great paramedic, and an all around good guy. MUCH of the credit for this page goes to paramedic Jason Belanger. As I'm provided more pictures, I'll put them up, so be sure to check back often. I'm sure this page will continue to grow. Feel free to share your memories in Ryan's Guestbook. The link is at the bottom of the page. Sorry about the ads though.- MRM
Ryan's Story, by Jason Belanger (Click here to read)
The Unanswered Call, by Lynne Baker (Click here to read)
1977 - 2005
Services for Ryan Ostendorf, 28, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, Neb. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.
Mr. Ostendorf died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, in Topeka.
He was born May 19, 1977, in North Platte, Neb., the son of Robert “Bob” and JoAnn Kinnersley Ostendorf. He graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1995 and attended Kansas University as a pre-medical student.
Mr. Ostendorf worked as an emergency medical technician in Hastings, Neb., and transferred to American Medical Response in Lawrence to work as a paramedic.
Survivors include his parents, Gothenburg; a brother, Christopher, Kearney, Neb.; four sisters, Michelle Stuhr and Andrea Ostendorf, both of Gothenburg, Robin Ostendorf, Kearney, and Stacy Jefferies, Belzoni, Miss.; and a grandmother, Pauline Kinnersley.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Blase-Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg.
The family suggests memorials to the donor’s choice, sent in care of the chapel, 620 10th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.
"I remember I laughed at his ass all night. He got hives or some kind of rash from whatever he was drinking."
From Chris Dykes
Please click above for the poem that Jason Belanger read at the Topeka memorial.
loving memory of a DAMN fine medic and an AWESOME friend! We will miss you Ryan!
He sent this to me last week when I was comin home from
He sent this to me last week when I was comin home from
Lawrence paramedic killed in wreck
Ambulance crew members at scene of accident included roommate
When a Shawnee County ambulance crew responded to a fatal wreck Monday night east of Topeka, the last thing they expected to find was the body of a co-worker.
Paramedic Ryan Ostendorf had left his home in Lawrence and was driving to Topeka when he was killed in a head-on collision. The accident occurred about 8:20 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 near Shawnee Heights Road.
Ostendorf had worked at American Medical Response ambulance service for five years. That night he would have started his shift at 9 p.m.
“We see this kind of thing all the time,” said Capt. Steve Guyle, field supervisor with the ambulance service. “But when it strikes someone you know and work with, it strikes too close to home.”
Ostendorf, 28, was working part-time at American Medical Response while attending Kansas University, where he was a senior majoring in biology. He wanted to go on to medical school and become a physician, Guyle said.
Ostendorf had a bright future, Guyle said.
“He was an outstanding paramedic who had the trust and confidence of the local physicians and the trust and confidence of the management staff and employees,” he said. “He was an extraordinary individual.”
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Ostendorf was driving a Jeep Cherokee west on U.S. 40 when he was struck head-on by a Cadillac Escalade traveling east in the westbound lane. The driver, Victor Antua, 28, thought to be from Topeka, and two passengers were injured. He was taken to St. Francis Via Christi hospital in Wichita. His condition was not known Thursday.
Troopers continue to investigate the accident, including whether alcohol was a contributing factor, KHP spokesman Lt. John Eichkorn said. When the investigation is complete, a report will be sent to the Shawnee County District Attorney for review, he said.
Ambulance crew members responding to the accident included emergency medical technician Mike Cox, Ostendorf’s roommate, Guyle said. Cox has received some time off and other assistance, Guyle said.
The accident also devastated other crew members and shocked others who knew Ostendorf, including many with fire and law enforcement agencies as well as medical personnel at Topeka hospitals, Guyle said.
“We’re kind of the thread that interweaves through all these agencies and you get sort of attached,” he said. “He touched so many lives. He will be greatly missed.”
Ambulance service employees and Ostendorf’s family in Nebraska are receiving counseling and other assistance.
Funeral services will be Saturday in Gothenburg, Neb. American Medical Response plans to send a caravan of ambulances and several employees. Other agencies also may send representatives. A memorial service will be at 2:45 p.m. Monday in Grace Cathedral at Eighth and Polk streets in Topeka, Guyle said.
All I remember about Ryan was how nice and sincere he was when he delivered or picked up patients from different facilities. While I was doing my paramedic rotation in the ER and when I was working in a nursing home doing physical therapy, he was always respectful to the hospital/nursing home employees and his patient.
EMS & the world in general lost a very special man.
God Bless You, Ryan.
Cheryl L Holz
RN, BSN, CPTA, ASPT, MICT
Pictures from the memorial service in Topeka
Dec. 12th, 2005
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Every EMS personnel in attendance released a white balloon in Ryan's honor.
221 was the ambulance used to take Ryan to his resting place.
One balloon decided to stick around until the last ambulance "cleared". Ryan sticking around?
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Thanks for all you've done Ryan. You'll be missed.