Ryan Joseph Letcher

Ryan letcher

Ryan Joseph Letcher, age 37 of Chicago, formerly of Brookfield. Beloved husband of Brad Baum; dear son of Daniel Letcher and Cathy Letcher, nee Heckmann, son-in-law of Bruce and Diana Baum; fond brother of Elizabeth (Bill) Marsh, Adam (Kate) Letcher Matthew (Brittany) Letcher, Justin (Anna) Letcher and Rebecca Letcher; brother-in-law of Allison (Matt) Rodriguez; grandson of Thomas W. and Patricia Letcher and Joseph J. and Barbara Heckmann; beloved uncle of Liam, Abby, Camden, Clara, Owen, Mia, Margot, Aiden and Lennon; nephew of many aunts and uncles.

Visitation Monday, November 28,2022 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. and Tuesday, November 29, 2022 9:30 A.M to 10:00 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Funeral 10:00 A.M. to St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church, La Grange Park. Mass 10:30 A.M.

Interment Private

Ryan attended St. Louise School first grade through 8th grade. Ryan attended high school at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park where he was third in his class, and then moved on to college at Northwestern University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He was part of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity where he made many life long friends.

After finishing his graduate program, he moved to Seattle for a few years where he worked for Microsoft, before returning home to Chicago to be close to his parents and siblings. It was back in Chicago where he met his future husband, Brad, after joining a recreational kickball league. They were married just 4 short months ago.

Ryan was just starting his next venture at the University of Chicago, with the goal of earning a degree in Social Work.

Before Ryan left this earth too soon, he enjoyed filling his time writing, reading, spending time outside for walks and runs along the lake, and spending his time with Brad. He was an Avid photographer, writer, and reader.

He absolutely adored and loved spending time with all of his nieces and nephews whether it was building legos, playing play-doh, or joining on a trip to the park or zoo. His big blue eyes and his electric smile lit up a room.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, we welcome you to make a donation to one of the following organizations in Ryan’s memory. Ryan was an avid writer and reader and participated in the Novel in a Year program at Story Studio Chicago. Ryan also volunteered with Howard Brown Health, a truly wonderful organization that provides healthcare to the LGBTQ+ community in Chicago.

Please find links to both of these organizations below.  Story Studio Chicago  4043 N. Ravenswood Suite 222 Chicago, IL 60613 or Howard Brown Health 4025 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60613-2010

Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

For those of you that would like to express your condolences to the family, please click on the link below and you can leave the family a message. If you wish to send a Sympathy Card or Mass Card to the Family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o The Ryan Letcher Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

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  1. Holly Duran condolence:

    My heart breaks for you all. May Ryan Rest In Peace.


  2. Chris Goodman condolence:

    Dan& Cathy, I cannot imagine the loss of a child. My heart goes out to your family. Take time to grieve. Take time to rejoice in the memories most importantly take car of yourself &’than you will be able to take care of others. In our prayers!


  3. Colleen and Jack McGinn condolence:

    Beauty for ashes and a garment of praise for your heaviness. Our hearts feel you loss and we lift you up in prayer. When we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be.❤️Jack and Colleen McGinn


  4. Jack and Kathy Hahn condolence:

    Dan and Cathy, Our deepest condolences for your loss of your son Ryan. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

    Kathy and Jack Hahn


  5. Peter Vishneski condolence:

    Ryan made the people around him and the world a better, more beautiful place. No one should suffer the loss of a child/brother/husband so early in life. Know that the time he spent on this earth made a positive impact on the people around him.


  6. Stephen E. Muething, MD condolence:

    Can’t imagine the pain of your loss. A life way too short. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Letchers and Brad.
    Steve and Meg Muething


  7. John Gallagher condolence:

    Dear Letcher and Baum family,

    I am heartbroken to learn of Ryan’s passing and am so sorry for each of your losses.

    It’s been quite some time since I visited the Letcher household back in the summer of 2009, but I can distinctly recall how much love filled your home. A hallmark of my relationship with Matt and Justin is how fiercely the Letcher siblings love each other. Thank you for sharing that love with the world.

    Love,
    John Gallagher


  8. Linda Pudlo condolence:

    Julie, Amy, Michael, and I were so sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. We cherish the memories of days spent at St. Louise de Marillac

    Linda Pudlo and Family


  9. Cindie Sedlacek condolence:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We pray you find peace and solace in your time of need. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. He was a fine man and we cherish the memories we have of him at St. Louise.


  10. Jim Kimball and Mark Cihlar condolence:

    So sorry to hear of Ryan’s passing. Deepest sympathy to your family, as well as Brian…May he forever rest in peace…


  11. Dan Hostetler condolence:

    All of us here, at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, where Ryan was engaged in his practicum as a social worker intern (Primary Counselor), are saddened by the inexplicable departure of such a bright light in the midst of a dark world. His electric smile and constant optimism brought healing to those he served as well as to those of us who served beside him. In addition, we are collectively mourning the loss of a treasured colleague and friend. None of us can even fathom what this loss is having on his parents and family. We extend our deepest, most profound sympathies and offer any type of grief or traumatic loss therapies to anyone in his family who would wish to receive them. These are the skills that Ryan had honed and was administering to his traumatized and addicted patients, and now we offer them to anyone affected by his sudden and unexpected departure. Please help us celebrate the amazing, positive changes that Ryan made to this world and to the lives of those of us who remain in it. His memory will not extinguish but will remain with us for as long as he should have continued to walk this earth.


  12. Robert D. Jaskula condolence:

    I was Ryan’s Clinical Supervisor at AnB – his field placement. I had the opportunity to meet with Ryan remotely (Zoom) a few times. Together we went over a few introductory issues and had started to work together. I was pleased and looked forward to a productive working relationship. I was ready to help Ryan develop into a skilled colleague – than I heard the sad news.
    I am grateful that I had the opportunity to meet Ryan. I extend my condolences to Ryan’s Husband, family, and friends. I support, from afar, in your grief.


  13. Shan condolence:

    I knew Ryan for a short time through our field placement internship. It was a career switch for both Ryan and I—and I can only imagine the excitement and renewed optimism Ryan had about the change. He treated me with kindness. My sincere condolences from one small corner of Ryan’s world.


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