PASADENA, Calif. — Ryan David Kuper, 45, of Pasadena, California, died at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, after a heroic seven-year battle with cancer.
He was born on Sept. 6, 1972, in Oklahoma City and moved with his parents and sister to Council Bluffs, Iowa, shortly thereafter. He was the son of Dr. David H. Kuper and the late Jane Mehring Kuper of Council Bluffs, both of whom grew up in Columbus.
Ryan was a graduate of Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. At an early age, he pursued a passionate interest in the field of music production — seeking out, mentoring and managing new music groups in the Omaha area. He formed his companies, Boundless Entertainment and The Redemption Recording Co., later expanding his work nationally and beyond, and relocating to Los Angeles. There, he obtained a master's degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and began a new career with the Unum Insurance Company in Glendale, California, continuing his music interest as an avocation.
Ryan was married in Omaha on June 17, 2012, to Michelle Santos, who survives him. Other survivors include his father and stepmother, Lea; his sister, Leigh Anne Koehler (Dave) and his niece, Meredith Anne Koehler, all of Papillion; aunt Karlyn Kuper Carson (Dick) of Studio City, California; aunt Marcia Yochum (David) of Whitewater, Wisconsin; cousins Steven and Jeffrey Yochum, Douglas and Christopher Carson and Kathleen Tucker and a multitude of devoted friends.
Memorials are planned for early January in California and later in Council Bluffs.
Besides his mother, Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. Herbert D. and Marie Kuper and Milfred M. and Lorraine Mehring, all of Columbus.
Despite the challenges of his illness, Ryan Kuper served on the "Friends of the DFCC Committee" at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank, California. As such, he campaigned to raise awareness and helped raise funds for the cancer center.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the cancer center by check to the Providence St. Joseph Foundation at 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505. In the memo write "DFCC/in memory of Ryan Kuper." Online donations can be made at www.providencepowerofgiving.org with the same memo. Other suggested memorials are to an environmental or animal welfare cause of the donor's choice.