Lt. Ryan Michael Jackman was born on January 5, 1982 at Aden County Hospital to Michael and Jennifer Jackson Jackman. He died Saturday morning March 24, 2007 from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Vista, California. He was returning home from a training exercise at Camp Pendleton.
He attended Elsmore Grade School through the sixth grade and graduated from Marmaton Valley Senior High School in the class of 2000. During his high school years he was active in forensics, FFA, football and track, and played trombone in the marching and concert bands. He was selected for the Three Rivers League all league football team as a guard his senior year. He was a 10 year member of the Lively Ones 4-H club, Elsmore.
After graduation from high school, Ryan accepted a football scholarship to Bethany College in Lindsborg. He played three years for the Swedes, foregoing his senior year in football to complete an internship in Criminal Justice at the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center, and graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Criminal Justice in December of 2003. While at Bethany he was a Resident Hall Assistant for two years and performed in the concert band. He also was very active in the Saline County Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization while at Bethany.
Ryan worked two years at the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center prior to acceptance to USMC Officer Candidate School in October 2005. He completed OCS in December 2005 and took the oath of a United States Marine Officer. He then completed The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia in February 2006 and chose the career path of a Infantry Command Officer. At the time of his death, Lt. Jackman was training with his platoon for deployment with the 13th Expeditionary Unit, Camp Pendleton, California.
Ryan was a member of Friends Home Lutheran Church in Savonburg. He was confirmed on May 5, 1996. While in college he attended Bethany Lutheran Church, Lindsborg. He enjoyed attending activities at Navigator's Rally Point while at Quantico. When Ryan was on leave he enjoyed fishing, hunting and trap shooting. He was a member of the Lone Tree gun club.
Ryan is survived by his parents, sister Leigh Scharff and husband Derek, Elsmore, and brother Tyler, Girard. He is also survived by paternal grandparents Herman and Florence Jackman, Moran and maternal grandparents Conrad and Lorella Jackson, Elsmore. The lights of his life were his nephew and nieces Ty, Kendall Ryane, and Payton. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his family in the USMC.
Services for Lt. Ryan M. Jackman will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at the Friends Home Lutheran Church. Dr. Ron MacClellan of Bethany College and Kathy Sanley PMA will officiate. Burial will be in the Elsmore Cemetery with Military honors. Lt. Jackman will lie in state at the Waugh-Yokum Chapel. There is not a formal visitation planned but friends and family may pay respects at the chapel or stop by the family home at 4341 Connecticut Road, Elsmore.
Memorials in honor of Lt. Jackman may be made to Friends Home Lutheran Church or Navigator's Rally Point and may be left at the Waugh-Yokum Chapel, Iola.