Ryan Gilbert Utesch was born Aug. 9, 1988, in Orange City, the son of Stan Utesch and Alice (Smith) Banks. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron.
He began his schooling in Akron and later in Le Mars. During his time in school, he began helping area farmers. Later, he worked for several companies in the area, including Diamond Pork, Van Vorst Electric, Ground Breakers, and most recently, Kellen Feedlot near Le Mars.
He was united in marriage to Meranda Fischer Dec. 26, 2007, and to this union, a daughter, Tessa Marie Utesch, was born. They later separated. Ryan was engaged to be married to Courtney Brian from Le Mars.
One of Ryan's greatest joys in life was helping area farmers and doing farming work. During his years in high school, he was active in FFA.
Ryan loved the outdoors, especially boating and fishing on the Red River in Minnesota and playing cards. For the past several years, Ryan enjoyed participating in several demolition derbies in the area.
Most of all, Ryan loved the times spent with friends and family, especially his daughter, Tessa. Ryan will be remembered by his willingness to always be there to lend a helping hand whenever needed. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his father, Stan Utesch of Brunsville; his mother: Alice Banks of Le Mars; his daughter, Tessa Marie Utesch of Le Mars; his fiancée, Courtney Brian of Le Mars; his siblings, Brandon Utesch (Jodie) of Orange City, Moriah Detloff (Dean) of Le Mars, and Kayla Phillips (Cedric) of Merrill; maternal grandmother, Inez Heien (Kenneth) of Le Mars; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Merlin and Dorothy Utesch; his maternal grandfather, Charles Smith; his great-grandmother, Elizabeth Haage; and his uncle, Roger Utesch.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron. The Rev. Sarah Nye will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Wednesday with the family present after 5 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.