Ryan P. Pettit, 39

Ryan Paul Pettit, age 39, of Howard Lake, was suddenly called to his eternal rest Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at his home.

He was born Oct. 2, 1974, in Watertown, the son of Jerry and Lynette (Jopp) Pettit. Ryan was baptized Oct. 20, 1974, by Pastor Taylor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Watertown; and confirmed in his faith in 1990 by Pastor Schultz at St. James Lutheran, Howard Lake.

Ryan graduated from Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School in 1993. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University, receiving degrees in biology, chemistry, and business.

Ryan was married to Amy Huhn. They were blessed with six children, with the blessing of another daughter expected in September.

During his career, Ryan had been employed at the St. Cloud Hospital and by Pauly’s Plumbing of Winsted. These last three years, he enjoyed his most important job of all by being a stay-at-home dad.

Ryan enjoyed coaching and officiating in all the Laker sports. He had a love for hunting, fishing, entertaining, and cooking, but his main focus in life was raising his children.

Ryan will be remembered by all for his sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Alden Jopp and Russell Pettit.

Ryan is survived by his wife, Amy; children Hathaway, Lily, Joshua, Cash, Kensington, Cooper, and expected baby girl; his parents Jerry and Lynette; sister and brother-in-law Ándrea and Jake Rasdall; nieces Lauren, Makenna, and Emmery; grandmothers Irene Jopp and LaMae Pettit; uncles and aunts Jim, Jon and Dorothy, Joel and Kristen, Jeff and Connie, Jay, Daniel and Barb, Jesse and Michele, Mary and Melissa Pettit; and Dale and Charlotte, Dean and Paulette, Dennis and Nadine Jopp; many cousins; great uncles and aunts; and other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service took place Monday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Rev. David Taylor officiating. Nancy Butterfass served as organist. Interment will take place at a later date at the St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake in Howard Lake.

Casket bearers were Jake Rasdall, Josh Westling, Dave Hoefs, Mike Woolhouse, Dick Sonstegard, and Shane Heber.

Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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