June 26, 1975 ~ August 30, 2020

Born in: Hartford, KY
Resided in: Hartford, KY

Ryan Clifton Sandefur age 45, of Hartford, Kentucky passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. He was born June 26, 1975 in Hartford, Kentucky the son of Clifton and Cindy (Ralph) Sandefur. Ryan worked in IT for 16 years. He attended Owensboro Community College, and graduated from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green in 1999.
Ryan loved anything UK basketball, spending time with his family especially his children, he was a people person and a long-time coach of softball, basketball and baseball.

Ryan is survived by his wife, Karen Sandefur of Hartford, his children, Evan, Caleb and Aubrey Sandefur all of Hartford, his parents, Clifton and Cindy Sandefur of Hartford, his twin brother, Chris Sandefur of Beaver Dam, his sister, Tiffany Burden (Ben) and their children Chandler, Caden, Cameron, and Camille Burden all of Beaver Dam, a niece, Sabrina Bautista, a nephew, Matthew Brown, two uncles, Jack Ralph (Joyce) of Owensboro, and James Ralph (Sorrretta) of Punta Gorda, FL, one aunt, Yvonne McGary (David) of Philpot and a sister-in-law, Hollie Brown (Adam) of Germany, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carlis and Carol Ferguson; and numerous special cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Marie Morris and Homer Ralph, and his paternal grandparents, Clifford and Elsie Sandefur.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Miller Schapmire Funeral Home in Hartford with Bro. Scott Parker officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Hartford. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

All those who wish to honor and remember Ryan in person at the visitation or funeral are required to wear a mask while inside the funeral home.

Miller-Schapmire Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Sandefur. Leave your message of condolence for the family of Ryan Clifton Sandefur and sign his virtual guestbook at www.millerschapmire.com.


Visitation: September 4, 2020 10:00 am - September 4, 2020 2:00 pm

Miller - Schapmire Funeral Home
114 West Walnut Street P.O. Box 166
Hartford, KY 42347


Service: September 4, 2020 2:00 pm

Miller - Schapmire Funeral Home
114 West Walnut Street P.O. Box 166
Hartford, KY 42347


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  1. Ryan you will be dearly miss… My daughter Jessica still has the original Willie Wonka movie that yall drove all the way to Evansville. IN to get her… My entire family thought SO much of you and you entire family… You will forever be loved and remembered for you generosity, your laughter, and the happiness you brought to everyone… Karen hug and kiss the kids for us… May your tear turn to happy memories of what a great guy he was!!

  2. There are no words to express my sympathy to the entire family. Such a shock and such a loss.
    Prayers for comfort for the entire family.
    RIP Ryan and Fly High – you will be so missed.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Lifting up Ryan’s family and close friends in my prayers. Ryan was a wonderful man who loved to talk about his family that he loved so much. Praying for strength and understanding that only God can give you all as you mourn this loss to earth but heavens gain. He will be missed by many.

  4. So sorry Clifton and Cindy for the loss of your child may God be with your family in this time of your loss my prayers are with you all

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We are so sorry about Ryan’s passing. He was a very special person.

  6. Sorry for your loss, such a nice young man.. God be with you all during this time..
    Brenda Lindsey Rock

  7. Karen my heart goes out to you and Evan, Caleb, and Aubrey. Prayers for God to bless you and help you. Love y’all. ❤️

  8. Sincere sympathy to the entire family. Clifton and Cindy I can’t imagine your pain. Karen and children I lift you in prayer for peace comfort.

  9. Too soon is all that’s coming to mind. Good man…. was one Ryan Sandefur love for family and friends alike and well, Miss Karen and your three kids, my heart is with you and y’all will be on all our minds here at home.

    Love to You Griswalds —- you and yours, too

  10. My heart goes out to you Karen. Prayers for you and the kids. May God help you all find some peace and comfort knowing how many people care.

  11. We are so sorry for the loss of Ryan.
    Karen, please know we are praying for you and the kids.
    Ryan was an amazing man.

  12. I am so sorry for you Clifton & Cindy and Ryan’s wife & children. Praying for you all now and the days to come. I have only heard what a great husband & dad he was! You’re in my thoughts & especially prayers! Sincerely, Greg, Pixie & Lindsey Graham

  13. So sad to hear about Ryan’s passing. I had him the first year I taught at OCMS. I’m praying for all his family.
    Jim Midkiff

  14. This is gay Elmore. We went to school together❤
    Class of 94. This breaks my heart….prayers for the family.

  15. May you Rest In Peace Ryan. You were always a great friend growing up. I will always remember competing against You and Chris is baseball and basketball. Godspeed brother

  16. This breaks my heart. I am sorry sorry to hear about his passing. He could light up the room with his smile and kindness. Prayers to all his family.

  17. So sorry for your loss Ryan was a great person prayers for the family that God will ease their suffering

  18. I am deeply sorry for the pain you must feel from losing Ryan. May Jesus bless you and give you his peace and strength. I went to school and worked with Ryan. He was always a kind and gentle person and seemed to really love his wife and kids.

  19. My deepest sympathy to all of your family. Ryan worked in I/T at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and helped me with computer issues many times. Very kind, patient and considerate.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  20. Prayers and thoughts of sympathy to Ryan’s family and friends. In my interactions with Ryan, albeit limited, I could easily witness and appreciate his passion for people, especially his children. May memories provide comfort and peace to each of you.

  21. Ryan was one of the finest young men I ever had the pleasure of knowing. His smile, gentle kindness, and positive attitude were evidence of the fine upbringing from Clifton and Cindy———-so very wonderful to have loving parents who cherish their children and set such good and positive examples for them. My heart is broken for you, Karen, your children, Chris, Tiffany and families. May our Lord give you strength and comfort. Love your families so much.

  22. I’m at loss for words right now. I didnt know you guys personally but just in the matter of time I took care of you I instantly knew that you and your wife were amazing people. I just cannot believe I met you and then at the end of my shift I told you and your wife that everything would be ok and goodluck. Meanwhile I did not know that you would not be able to go back to your home with your family! My prayers go out to your children and both of your families. God bless all of you and I’m glad to have met you!

  23. Clifton and Cindy I’m so sorry to hear this. I think about you often and will pray for strength and comfort for you and your family. I know how hard it is to lose a son and will be thinking about you.❤️

  24. I worked with Ryan for several years and he was a true gentleman, always kind and so very smart. My sincere condolences to his family. Lila Lassiter

  25. I am so sorry to hear of Ryan ‘ s passing. He was such a great person. I knew Ryan as the basketball coach for my grandaughter from 4th thru 6th grade, he was awesome with those girls. I will be praying for all of you. God bless!

  26. Karen, Caleb, Evan and Aubrey:
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ryan was a good guy. If I can do anything please let me know. Praying for y’all.

  27. I’m so sorry he was a great guy always had nice words n conversation he will be missed thoughts and prayers for family and friends God be with you all

  28. Ryan was such a nice guy. So sad that he had to leave so soon, but his gentle soul was needed else where. Hopefully in time his family will feel his strength.

  29. I had the honor of getting to know Ryan by working with him at Walmart he always helped me even when he was busy I will never forget his kindness and what a sweet young man because of his wonderful parents my friends Cindy and Clifton. l am so sorry. Karen I saw you two together over the years at Walmart and know how devoted you two were what a wonderful couple..again I am so sorry…. Prayers and God Bless you and your family… Sandy

  30. Caleb and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. May God give each of you the courage, strength and peace you need.

    Sister Barbara Jean Head, OSU Brescia University

  31. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my friend. Until we meet again I’ll do everything I can to be close to the Christian man you were.

  32. Thinking of you all. Especially Aubrey, Karen, Caleb and Evan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this horrible, difficult, time.

  33. Caleb and family,
    I am truly sorry for the loss of your father. My heart grieves with you.
    Darlene Runyon, ET
    Brescia University

  34. So sorry for your loss. Ryan was one of the sweetest guys that I had the pleasure of going to school with. There’s not enough people like him in this world and he will be missed. My deepest sympathies to all of his loving family.

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