Ryan Allen Bost began his life journey on October 8, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois with Bobby and Schawanda Bost, but he stopped counting years at the age of 20. At the mere age of 3, he dribbled his first basketball and at the age of 5 he developed a love for the game while participating in programs at Y.O.U. and local YMCA. While attending Washington Elementary School, he excelled in the classroom, as well as outside the classroom, showcasing his natural athleticism on the flag football field and basketball court. As a teen, he attended Nichols Middle School, where he continued to excel academically as an honor roll student while playing flag football.
During the course of Ryan's life, he was recognized for his achievements on the court. In 2015, he played a significant role in winning the Loyola Academy 8th grade tournament for Nichols Middle School, thereafter he was awarded "The Howie Barksdale trophy"; one of the most prestigious honorary awards presented to an 8th grader by the Fellowship of Afro American Men (FAAM) where he played as a Trailblazer.
As a teen, Ryan worked as a counselor with Y.O.U. and the YMCA, helping mold and shape the minds of children in the community. He was admired and adored by many youngster in the community who looked to him as a young role model and a basketball player. During his high school years, he was invited to be a member of Beyond Sports Foundation, thanks to the recommendations from a host of supporters, including Greg Taylor.
Although Ryan was known for his moves on the court, he was also a force on the football field. He could have a very well earned a scholarship to play on the collegiate level, but basketball was his passion. He was an astonishing defender, and led his team in steals. Ryan along with teammates, Jeheim Holden, and Lance Jones, made up one of the strongest back court line-ups at Evanston Township High School (ETHS). The awesome "trio" was a force to be reckoned with accomplishing 110 wins in their four years as varsity players, going down in history as the three most winningest players of ETHS.
Ryan's memorable achievements is the role he played in the Wildkits back to back run for Illinois High School basketball state championship. With Ryan as their primary "lock down" defender, ETHS won 3rd place in the state his junior year and 2nd place his senior year. After high school Ryan accepted a basketball scholarship to attend Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. However, Post proved to be a bit too far from home. After a Semester, he decided to return to Evanston, to be closer to his family as he continued to find his passion in life.
Ryan loved his siblings wholeheartedly , and both showed him unconditional love. His oldest brother BJ, who suffers from Epilepsy was a die-hard fan of Ryan and was always front and center at Ryan's games, regardless of how he was feeling. His support was unmatchable! The baby of the bunch, Rashawn always emulated his big brother Ryan, both on and off the court. He continues the legacy by wearing the jersey number 24. Ryan was often called "Pretty Boy Handsome" by his great grandmother NaNa, frequently made surprise visits to her house. These visits typically involved him leaving her piles of laundry, which she would wash with joy in her heart.
Those who knew Ryan would describe him as a lovable, smart humble and reserved young man of very few words. He had an infectious smile that would warm your heart, and he will be missed by many.
Ryan was preceded in death by his Great Grandfather, Clarence Pratcher and two Grandfather, Robert Bost, Sr. and Earnest Baptist, and Grandmother Addiemae Upkins.
Ryan leaves to cherish his memories, Father and Mother, Bobby and Schawanda Bost , Two Brothers, Robert (BJ) and Rashawn Bost (Evanston), Grandmother, Elaise Bost, and Great-Grandmother, Fannie Pratcher "NaNa" (Evanston), Uncle Jason Upkins (Chicago), Four Aunts, Tiffany Upkins (Memphis, TN), Helen Robinson(Bobby-Arizona), Brandi Baptist (Chicago), Angie Bost (Evanston), Four Great-Aunts, Godparents, Alan and Felicia Hardrick, Michele Trowers, Gaye Combs and special friend Kayla Smith along with a host of cousin, family and friends who will miss him dearly. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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