Portville- Specialist Ryan James Frair, of Portville, currently stationed in Fort Drum, NY passed away Sunday (January 3, 2021) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born March 14, 1996 in Wellsville, he was the son of James D. Frair and Jackie A. Little.
Ryan was a graduate of Portville Central School. He enlisted in the United States Army in 2018, and was serving with 1st PLT Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Inf Regt, 1BCT 10th Mountain Division “Triple Deuces” unit. He received numerous medals and awards including the: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, and most recently, he was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal.
Ryan enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting knives, shooting guns, and hanging out with his buddies. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends, whom he considered family, especially Dylan Schoonover, who was like another brother to him.
Surviving are his parent; Jackie (Ken) Pickett of Portville and James D. (Deb) Frair of Portville; one brother, Richard J. (Shannon) Booth of Pittsford; one sister, Audra (Jeremy) Brady of Winter Springs, FL., two step-sisters, Wendy LiPuma and Sheena Pickett both from Ohio; one step-brother, Kenny (Jessica) Pickett from Ohio; his paternal grandfather, James H. Frair of Portville; his maternal grandparents, John (Diane) Little of Florida and JoAnn Reese of Portville; his aunts and uncles, Jay (Carolyn) Little, Jill (Robin) Robinson, Judy (Gary) Brady, Martin (Brenda) Frair, Jeanie (Craig) Zilker, Deb (Bob) Lent, Brenda (John) Brink, Sherrie (Al) Evans, and a very special uncle and aunt; Joe (Angee) Frair, who always welcomed Ryan into their home and will always remember him as “Little Buddy” and “Rhino”. Also surviving are seven nieces and three nephews.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Anna Frair.
Friends will be received at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 51 S. Main Street, Portville on Friday (January 8, 2021) from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Private funeral services will be held at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Genesee Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by the Allegany American Legion, Charles Harbel Post #892.
Memorials if desired may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box758516, Topeka, KS66675.
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