Ryne Starr Zahner, 26, passed away unexpectedly on January 15, 2017 in Tempe, AZ.
He was born in Peoria, Illinois on February 28, 1990 and moved to Arizona in 1999. He attended Skyline High School where he played baseball and graduated in 2008. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in both History and Math from Arizona State University in 2012. He earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2015 and recently received his Principal certification. He was currently in his 5th year of teaching Math at Mesa High School. He loved being a teacher and the impact he had on his students.
Ryne was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed watching USC football and Duke basketball. He loved country music and hanging out with family and friends. He was well respected and a friend to everyone. He was often described as outgoing, caring, funny, and charismatic.
He is survived by his parents Brett and Karla (Schaufelberger) Zahner (Mesa, AZ); siblings Brooke and Skyler Zahner (Mesa, AZ); grandparents Elmer and Sandra (Clauson) Schaufelberger (Peoria, IL/Mesa, AZ); aunts and uncles Keri Schaufelberger (Mesa, AZ), Mark and Kim (Schaufelberger) Larsh (Mesa, AZ), John and Crystal (Zahner) Ott (Peoria, IL); and cousins Jeffrey and Brittney Larsh (Mesa, AZ), Luke, Jake, Drew, and Jennifer Ott (Peoria, IL).
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Dave and Nancy (Schoch) Zahner (Peoria, IL) and his uncle Bart Zahner (Bartonville, IL)
A Celebration of Life will be held at Mesa High School gymnasium on Saturday January 28, 2017 at 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ryne may be made to the Ryne Starr Zahner Scholarship Fund c/o Mesa Public Schools, Accounting Department – 63 E. Main St. #101 Mesa, AZ 85201.
Contributions can also be made online at https://mpswebpay.mpsaz.org (Create a Guest Account, Search field type: Zahner )