Ryan Moore, MD

Memorial services for Ryan L. Moore, M.D., 36, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 2p.m. Friday, July 22, 2011 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Private inurnment will be at a later date.  He died on Friday, July 15, 2011 after a kayak accident on the Kansas River.

He was born on October 11, 1974 in Dodge City, KS, the son of Robert Lee and Ivy J. Reed Moore.

Dr. Moore was employed as a Hospitalist at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Topeka, KS.  He had recently accepted an appointment to become Chief of Staff.  He was also part-time staff at KU Medical Center as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

After graduating from High School in Sublette, KS, he received an Associates of Science degree from Garden City Community College and was a member of the National Honor Society.  He then earned his B.S. in Organismal Biology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Moore finished his doctorate of Medicine and Residency at KU School of Medicine.  He was board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.  After his training, he worked with Emergency Medical Services at Cushing Memorial Hospital in Leavenworth, KS and in Emergency Medicine at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Moore was an Eagle Scout and volunteered as a staff physician at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimmeron, New Mexico through KU School of Medicine.  He was involved in Medical Missions, was a member of the Sublette United Methodist Church, and a lifetime member of the American Medical Association. 

He was married to Dr. Laura Menees Moore on May 15, 2007 in Antigua.  Other survivors include a daughter, Nico Jeanne Moore, his parents, Robert and Ivy Moore of Sublette, KS, a sister, Christine Moore, of Amarillo, TX and his maternal grandmother, Margaret Reed, of Alma, NE.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the KU Endowment Association for the Ryan Moore Scholarship Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

35 Condolences

  1. Karen Martin on July 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    My prayers are with you. I’ll always remember Ryan as a very polite young man stopping by the office for a cold drink while working summer maintenance. He attained so much in such a short period of time.

  2. Lauren Cundy, ICU RN on July 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Dr. Moore will be truly missed by the ICU staff. He always had a smile on his face and cared so much for his patients. Sending my prayers to his family.

  3. Joey & Tracie Burcham on July 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Bob, Ivy, & Chris,
    I know that there are no words that will help take the pain away you guys are experiencing but you guys have certainly been in our thoughts and prayers. Ryan was a special person and I know you guys were so very proud of him as you should have been. I know he touched many lives not only as a kid here in Sublette but as a doctor later in life. God Bless You!
    Joey, Tracie, Robyn & Weston

  4. kerry demers on July 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Dear Laura,
    I was in Jo’s wedding with you. We don’t know each other well but I had to tell you I am so so sorry and my heart is with you and your child. I would give anything I have to spare you of your loss and the pain and sadness you are feeling. Sending you, Ryan and your family prayers and love from Boston.

  5. Marlene Rieger on July 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful young man to be taken so early from his family and friends. You are all in my prayers.

  6. Carmen Medina on July 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Ryan was a little older than my children so I didn’t know him well, but what an amazing young man he must have been and his special life cut short way too early. The Medina family sends Bob, Ivy, and Christine our very heartfelt sympathy and pray that time will heal. Jess, Carmen, Erin, Jayme, Lindsay, Lily, and Jaylen Medina

  7. Environmental Health Department Amarillo Texas on July 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Comfort for a friend, Christne and her family, our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    For you our dearest friend,
    With tentativeness we ask you lend.

    Alone not be with thoughts of why and answers none,
    Or obstacles yet overcome,
    Your loss is not alone, but shared,
    By those who touched his life and cared.

    Feel not alas your loves not here, to touch by hand,
    Another place your dreams must land,
    Close your eyes and rest at ease,
    And feel him there in memories,

    As close as when you last caressed, and whispered sweet,
    Back to that day, you first did meet,
    Any memory can feel,
    That what you dream is oh so real,

    Take comfort in those tears you weep, when on your own,
    He is there,your not alone,
    For every time you shed a tear,
    He cherishes, your love so dear

    So be it known in years to come, and said out loud,
    All your friends are very proud,
    To have shown such strength and dedication,
    You’ve been a force of inspiration.

    Keith Lumbard 27/ December 2007

  8. Karen Minter on July 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Dear Laura and Nico,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Ryan was a special young man. I knew him over the years when he was Jamey’s neighbor and friend at KUMC. We used to alternate dog sitting. The last time I saw him was playing with Nico in Jamey and Lana’s pool and I was even more impressed seeing him be such a great dad. And of course I saw him at their wedding with you. He was a wonderful friend to Jamey. He had a kind face and an open heart. I wish I could do something to help you at this time. Please let me know if you need anything at all. Sincerely, Karen Minter (Jamey’s mom)

  9. Rex and Sally Bruce on July 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    While Rex and I didn’t know Ryan at all, we have grown to know and love his parents, Bob and Ivy. They were so proud of their son. May God bless each and every member of the Moore family. May he wrap his strong arms around each of you offer comfort during these most difficult times. May he give each of you the strength you will need in the coming days, months, and years. We love you Moore family.

  10. Melinda Rogge McElheny on July 20, 2011 at 5:54 am

    My heart is heavy and aches for all of you, Laura & Nico, Bob & Ivy, Chris, and Grandma. I am praying for your comfort at this time, and hoping you can find some solace in the idea that Ryan’s was a life well-lived. Ryan was my oldest friend, and was a better person than I knew. I am glad to live my life with the impact he had on it. He will not be forgotten, not by you, not by anyone.

  11. Karen Voorhees on July 20, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Dear Family of Dr Moore;
    He was my husband’s hospitalist last March. I do not generally like the concept of having a different Dr for hospital stays but we were both struct by Dr Moore’s compassion; by the time he took with us and how he worked for our best outcome under my husband’s health condition and discharge needs. I am truly sorry for your loss; especially the suddeness of it. Dr Moore’s willingness to discharge my husbad to Hospice care meant we had some quality time to deal with and prepare for his passing on June 20th. I regret you did not have the same opportunity. Again,my condolences. Dr Moore left an impression on us with just 5 days under his care; your loss so so profound. Please find confort in knowing he touched many people you do not even know.

  12. Julie (Desaire) John on July 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all, Laura, Nico, Bob, Ivy, Chris, and the rest of the family and friends who Ryan means so much to. He was such a good person with such a great sense of humor and wit! He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him. May God wrap his arms around you all in comfort and know that He is with you. May the many great memories you have fill you with love and joy and sustain you through this terrible sadness.

  13. Rebecca (Miner) Akin on July 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Some of my favorite memories were shared with Ryan. He was always there with a joke or a prank. I wish I didn’t have to say “see ya later” so soon. Thinking of all that are grieving the loss of an amazing husband, father, son, brother, Dr. and friend.

  14. Candy Huffine on July 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I am so sorry for your lose

  15. Vickie & Bill Bolton on July 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Words cannot express our sadness of your loss. Please know we are thinking of your family and you are in our prayers. Vickie & Bill

  16. Carroll & Paul Burger on July 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Dear Laura, Nico, and Family,
    Laura we go back in time with you when you were growing up with our Burger clan. We have followed your life…marriage and darling Nico through our friendship with your Mother. Since learning of such a tragic death for Ryan my heart has been heavy for all of the Menees we knew and now to the Moore family.After reading the wonderful obituary Ryan was truly a blessing for all whose lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God help you find peace in the loss of one who gave so much in his short life. We are so very, very sorry.
    Carroll and Paul Burger

  17. Wendi Russell on July 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Laura and the family of Dr. Ryan Moore. Recently (on May 11) I was taken to St. Francis ER after suffering internal bleeding and low blood sugar. Even after others had given up hope for a meaningful recovery for me, Dr. Moore took heroic measures to give me the best chance of survival. He made sure that my family was kept informed and involved of my progress. Although no one knew what my status might be when I came out of the coma, I miraculously recovered with most of my abilities intact. I seriously owe my survival to Dr. Moore. Laura, you must be a very special person to have been loved by such a warm, caring and intelligent man. Never forget that. I would give anything to be able to return the favor and save his life. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. I may have been one of his last seriously ill patients and I consider myself lucky and blessed to have had him as my doctor. By the way, my fiance did CPR on me until the EMTs arrived. He remembered it from when he was a boy scout. As Brad says, “once a scout, always a scout.” It seems to me like that is how Dr. Moore lived his life. If there is anything I can do for you or your daughter, please let me know. Dr. Moore will always be in my thoughts. Peace to all of you.

  18. Laila Hishaw on July 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Ryan, but always knew he had to be such a special guy to win the heart of my dear friend, Laura. Just reading his obiturary, I can see he was a man of character and loved and lived life to the fullest. My heart grieves for his family especially his precious daughter, Nico. Laura, I am praying for you everyday. I miss you!

  19. DeAnn Windibiziri on July 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Laura and family. I was so sorry to read aobut Ryan in the paper. My heart goes out to you and to little Nico. If there is anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    DeAnn Windibiziri
    Sunflower Sitters

  20. John Bonino on July 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I want to express my most sincere condolences to Ryan’s family and friends. Ryan and I were medical school classmates, and trained together at KU. I am truly blessed to have known him. Our KU community has suffered a terrible loss in his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the communities he served, and to his family and other grieving friends.
    Ryan was a tremendous person and an excellent physician. He was full of life, and the I will always remember fondly the times we spent studying and training together.

  21. Brian Rixon on July 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I’ll never forget the fun times we shared in high school. Ryan always had a good balance of life.

  22. Lynnsey and Lacey Webb on July 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Dear Laura and Nico,
    We are very sad to hear about Ryan. When our mom told us what happened, we couldn’t believe it and know that he will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to you and the family.
    Lynnsey and Lacey Webb

  23. Ann Marie James, RN-ER on July 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I was so saddened to hear about Dr Moore’s passing. I worked with him at Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth in the ER. I always admired his dedication, compassion, and his respect for his patients and staff. He was a wonderful physican and I enjoyed working beside him. His bedside manner was a quality I respected the most as he always made each patient feel they were the most important. The community has lost a terrific physican, a devoted father and husband and an overall wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

  24. Darcy Cook on July 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Laura —
    I am so saddened to hear of Ryan’s tragic accident. We were fortunate to have met him when you were here a few months ago, and could see what great qualities he possessed even in the short time we spent with him. Our hearts go out to you and Nico, please know if we can do anything for you.
    Best, Darcy, Steve, James and Holly

  25. Max Chang on July 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Laura and Nico:

    Edee, Genevieve and I are so blessed to have gotten to know Ryan, especially this past visit in March. Admittingly, I was thinking to myself when I was picking him up at the airport if we would have much to talk about on the drive up to Park City as I really didn’t get a chance to get to talk with him at our wedding. We hit it off right away and talked non-stop as we shared our stories of being fathers. I admired his and Nico’s relationship and my fondest memory is of her telling Ryan, “I love you, Daddy,” in our living room. Our hearts are heavy right now and have reserved a special place for Ryan for the rest of our lives. It should go without saying that you and Nico are part of our family and always have a home in Salt Lake to visit.

    Love, Max, Edee and Genevieve

  26. Jennifer Fruehwirth on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I received a call from my brother who lives in Kansas City about an obituary from someone he thought I graduated high school with. I was shocked and sad to see that it was Ryan. He was a real friend to me during a time in my life that was difficult. Even though I grew up in the area, my Jr. year in high school was my first at Sublette High school. He and Brian Rixon were such wonderful friends to the “new girl”. Ryan extended Christian friendship and love and a lot of laughs! I will not forget him. I am so sorry for your loss dear family. I am sure he was a wonderful husband and father. I know he was a great son and brother. May God Bless and comfort you through this very difficult time.

  27. Sue Messerly on July 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, so sorry for your loss.

  28. April Jungels & Family on July 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Our deepest sympathies are with and your family at this time of grieving. April, Jeff & Levi

  29. Joan Schieber on July 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I am heartbroken to say goodbye to Ryan just shy of our 10-year class reunion for KU Med. Ryan was a class act and a wonderful human being. I can’t tell you how he would look without a smile on his face…he always seemed to be smiling. I was lucky to know him.

  30. Clay Henning on July 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Words cannot adequately express the sympathy we feel for Laura, Nico, and family at this time. All will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Henning Family

  31. Christina Andersen on July 22, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Dear Laura and Nico, I didn’t get a chance to meet the two of you, but I worked with your husband at St. Francis over the last two years. I met Ryan early on and randomly ended up sitting together to take Pediatric Boards. Ryan was a very welcoming colleague and a wonderful physician. As we both lived in Lawrence, he would frequently tell me about his family and especially his daughter. I know he loved both of you more than anything. My heart is with you. Know that there is a community of doctors, patients, and friends grieving with you. Ryan really has made so much of a difference in all of our lives.
    With Love,
    Dr. Peacock-Andersen

  32. Jiten Patel on July 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Words can not express how shocked and saddened we were to hear of the loss of such a wonderful doctor. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time. I met Ryan when I first moved to Kansas city. He generously opened his home up to me, until I was able to settle in. I will never forget how welcome he made me feel. To the family, so sorry for your loss. Ryan will be truly missed and remembered for his kind heart and warm spirit.

  33. Kathy Aguirre on July 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of this loss! I so remember Ryan always smilling!! My prayers go out to his family!

  34. Dr. Donald Peghee, Jr on July 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I am an Ob/Gyn at Cushing Memorial Hospital and worked with Ryan. He was a wonderful person, colleague and friend. My family and I will be keeping you and your family in prayer.

  35. Merrill Tippett Williams on July 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Your mother Sharon and your grandfather Jack told me about Ryan’s sudden death. I am so sorry for your loss, and am holding you in my prayers. I wish you peace at this very difficult time.
    Your cousin,

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