Ryan T. Drury - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

March 19, 1986 - April 3, 2024

Ryan Taylor Drury, 38, of Minneapolis, died unexpectedly at home April 3 with his loving wife Carolyn at his side. Born in The Woodlands, TX on March 19, 1986, to Kathy and Rick Drury, Ryan grew up alongside his older brother and best friend Sean. While living in Texas, Ryan spent countless hours in the woods playing, building forts, and catching all types of critters with Sean and the large group of boys who lived in the neighborhood.

Ryan and his family moved to Wausau, WI in 1998, where his love for the outdoors grew into passions for snowboarding and watersports. Moving across the country to start middle school could have been challenging, but Ryan quickly developed close-knit relationships with a group of like-minded friends who found adventure everywhere they went.

Ryan graduated from Wausau West High School in 2004. In high school, Ryan pursued a budding interest in music, learning to play both the trombone and bass guitar. He played on the high school golf team and, from the time he was old enough to work, had a part-time job. Ryan diligently saved the money he earned to purchase his first car when he was 16, a red 1974 MG Midget.

After high school Ryan attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering after completing two co-ops with Braun Intertec and a semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. At the U of M Ryan found another group of loyal friends who remain steadfast friends to this day. Upon graduation Ryan accepted a position with Braun Intertec where he eventually specialized in deep foundations. Ryan worked at Braun for 17 years before recently starting a new job with Terracon Consultants.

Most importantly, it was during college that Ryan met Carolyn, and they have been inseparable ever since. After dating for many years, Ryan and Carolyn married on September 25, 2021. They shared a love for good friends, rescue dogs and cats, and music of all varieties. Ryan and Carolyn followed their shared love of music to concerts and festivals across the country. Ryan would regale his family with stories of memorable shows he experienced with Carolyn. Sometimes the stories included descriptions of sweltering heat, rain, or long road trips, but always the stories conveyed a love for experiencing live music with Carolyn and their friends.

Ryan was known by all for his kind and gentle soul, his sense of humor, and his ability to connect with everyone he met. Friends and family alike took pleasure in listening to Ryan describe and share his interests and hobbies. Ryan had a special talent for growing superhot peppers. Combining his engineering brain with his green thumb, Ryan obtained high yields from his pepper plants and meticulously tracked his harvests on a spreadsheet. He then turned the peppers into delicious and unique hot sauces for his friends and family. He also loved smoking meats and other treats, and, since Carolyn is vegetarian, Ryan’s meat-smoking prowess was especially enjoyed by his friends. Every family gathering involved barbecue, hot sauce, and spirited debates on many topics. Ryan’s perspective and thoughtful points on life will be greatly missed at future family gatherings.

Ryan will be deeply missed by his wife, Carolyn; his parents, Rick and Kathy Drury of Wausau WI; brother, Sean (Kate) Drury of Waupaca WI; step-grandmother, Marie Drury of Austin TX; and close family members, Beth (Andy) Lain of Little Rock AR, Liam (Jill Giordano) Drury of Geyserville CA, Dan (Andrea) O’Leary of Lexington KY, Kyle Stephens (Diane Garcia) of Los Angeles CA, Zachary (Hannah) Lain of Alamogordo NM, Taylor (Tori) Lain of Ward AR, and Stella Drury of Geyserville CA, and by his in-laws, Tom and Karen Hoff, who loved him as their own. To his nephew and niece, Leo and Bonnie Drury, “Uncle Ryan!” was always the most fun adult in the room, and they adored him as much as he loved them. Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Bonnie Drury of Austin TX, and Ivan “Jay” and Jane O’Leary of Lexington KY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Animal Humane Society in Hennepin County MN.
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  1. Debra Lutze says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan’s wife, Carolyn, his mother and father Rick and Kathy Drury and his brother Sean (Kate) Drury and their children Leo and Bonnie. We will remember Ryan for who he was. He was fun, loving, compassionate, intelligent, and always a a delight to be around. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

    David and David Lutze

  2. Jesse Borchardt says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all who knew Ryan. He will be missed.

  3. Corey Reese says:

    Ryan will be missed greatly in the deep foundation testing world. If you had a problem, the answer was always “I don’t know…call Ryan”. He would always answer with a smile, a true joy to work with. Condolences to his friends and family.

  4. Todd Planting says:

    Ryan was a trusted partner and friend. He was a person we could call with problems, questions, or crazy ideas. He will be sorely missed. We are so sorry for your family’s loss.

    Ryan’s Friends at Bolander

  5. Mike Dworsky says:

    Ryan was one of the best engineers I have ever worked with and became a friend. A gentle and kind soul that never said no. A diamond in the rough. I liked talking to him about the river mostly. Condolences to the family

  6. Allam Ardah says:

    Ryan was not just a colleague but a true friend and supporter. His kindness, intelligence, and easygoing nature made him a pleasure to work with and befriend. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with you and his loved ones during this difficult time.

  7. Shannon McCarthy says:

    What a loss this is to everyone who knew him. He was a great colleague and, even though I didn’t know him for long, a great person. His last words to me were that we would “see each other around” and I had no reason not to believe him. Sending love and support to all those who were close to him. He will live on in our memories.

  8. Josh Hardy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ryan was a great person and a great friend to many. He will be missed

  9. Angela Knox says:

    Our heart goes out to you all. We are unfortunately out of town and won’t be back for the service but want to send all the love to the family and Carolyn. Ryan was an incredible person and we loved his energy.

  10. Ryan Menter says:

    Ryan was a great guy. I had the opportunity for a few years to get to know him on-the-job; I wish I could have known him longer. He always had a calm demeanor and a good attitude, and always a practical and rational problem solver and doer. Ryan was well-respected and enjoyed by everybody that met him on job sites or other places, including me. To Ryan’s wife Carolyn, and his other family and friends, colleagues and teammates, you all have my deepest sympathies. So sorry to hear this.

  11. Theodore Richard Winterer says:

    I’ve known Ryan for nearly 10 years while working at Braun Intertec. We’ve connected through some great musical, car racing and technical conversations over the years. Also a very nice guy and lived across Hiawatha from me so I’d see him in our South Minneapolis neighborhood occasionally. So sorry to hear this news and send my deepest condolences to his wife and family. Sending peace and love

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