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Ryan Joseph Proxmire

October 7, 1981 ~ August 15, 2021 (age 39)


Deputy Sheriff Ryan J. Proxmire succumbed to injuries sustained while involved in a vehicle pursuit while on duty with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office. Ryan passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at the age of 39. He was born October 7, 1981, in Kalamazoo to Mark and Dawn (Hodgemire) Proxmire. He was a 1999 graduate of Three Rivers High School. Ryan proudly served with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office for over 9 years, most currently assigned to road patrol but had also served in the Jail Division, even filling in as a temporary Sergeant when needed. He shared his skills with other officers in his role as a field training officer, taser instructor, and a subject control/defensive tactics instructor. On May 27, 2006, Ryan married Roanna Elliott in Three Rivers. He was active in Scouts, 4-H, and was a former St. Joseph County Deputy Reserve. Ryan also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and especially loved being with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Roanna; children, Bowen Stuart, Anezka Miette, Spencer Joseph and Elizabeth Elliott-Redlin; parents, Mark and Dawn Proxmire; sister, Kelly Proxmire; grandmother, Betty Proxmire; father-in-law, Bob Elliott; nieces, Peyton Proxmire and Claire and Justine Schop, as well as many extended family and friends. Preceding Ryan in death were his grandparents, Curtis and Ruth Hodgemire and Joseph Proxmire.

A memorial service will be held Sunday August 22, 2021, beginning at 1:00 pm at Miller Auditorium, 2200 Auditorium Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008. Guests are requested to arrive by 12:00pm to ensure there are no delays with the start of the service. All guests must wear masks to attend the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services 3926 S. 9th St. Kalamazoo, MI 49009. In lieu of flowers, donations are strongly suggested to to assist the Proxmire family or the funeral home has arranged for you to gift fully prepared meals to the family to assist them during this difficult time Please visit Ryan's personalized web page to leave an online condolence at


Memorial Service
August 22, 2021

1:00 PM
Miller Auditoruim, WMU
2200 Auditorium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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