William Ryan Baer of Laurel passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 at TidalHealth Nanticoke in Seaford. He was born on Sept. 26, 1982 in Baltimore, Md., son of Timothy W. Baer and Shan M. Baer.

Ryan graduated from Bennett High School in 2000. He was a proud veteran, having honorably served in the U.S. Army for 16 dedicated years with his final MOS a 14E, Air Defense Artillery.

The time spent with those he held most dear was what Ryan most cherished. He was a loving son, father, brother, and friend. Loved by many, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Shan McLain Baer and Timothy Baer; his sister, Trina M. Ruark; his niece, Tristin Nunemann and her husband, SPC Nunemann, a 35T; his nephews, Trey Ruark and Trent Ruark;  his former wife, Lidia Baer; and his daughter Nikki McKennis.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, 609 East King Street, Seaford, DE where friends may call beginning at 1 p.m.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic social distancing protocols must be observed and masks must be worn by everyone participating in any aspect of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to https://gofund.me/5a291a29https://gofund.me/15b23929 to help defray funeral costs.

Please visit Ryan’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his virtual guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.