APPLETON — Ryan M. Landwehr, 31, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 5, 2021 at his beloved family camp in Appleton.
Born in Rockport on May 28, 1989, Ryan was the son of Peter and Julie (Drinkwater) Landwehr. Ryan grew up in Appleton, eventually moving to Camden. He had participated in Appleton Little League, was a member of the Boy Scout Troop 203, and was a 2007 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School.
His fondest memories were spent at his family camp during the summer months on Sennebec Lake, in Appleton. At camp, he enjoyed waterskiing, boating, fishing, and playing with his dog. He also had a passion for movies, remote controlled cars and boats, as well as building motorized bikes. He particularly loved to kayak “up river” with his dog Leah, and had a special place in his heart for animals.
After high school, Ryan attended Job Corps in Bangor for facilities maintenance. He held multiple jobs over the years, including Rankin’s Hardware, Mount Battie Car Wash, and Coastal Opportunities.
As an adult Ryan struggled with mental and physical health, and much of his early life was spent in and out of hospitals, correcting his cleft lip and palate. But with all his difficulties, he would still reminisce about happy childhood memories, especially times spent with friends at the family farm.
Ryan was a big statured man with a good heart, gentle soul, and shy smile. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Predeceased by his mother, Julie Landwehr, his paternal grandfather, Walter Drinkwater, and his maternal grandfather, Josef Landwehr; Ryan is survived by his father, Peter Landwehr of Appleton, brother, Adam Landwehr and his wife, Elise of Buxton, maternal grandmother, Glenna Drinkwater of Camden, paternal grandmother, Joan Landwehr of Jefferson, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of Ryan’s life will be announced later.
Donations can be made in Ryan’s name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine at namimaine.org or American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association at acpa-cpf.org.
Condolences and memories may be shared with Ryan’s family by visiting his Book of Memories at longfuneralhomecamden.com.
Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.