Ryan and Karen English

Ryan English and Karen Kieffer English, of Williamsport, formerly of both Big Flats and Elmira, N.Y., tragically passed away as a result of an automobile accident on Friday, March 1, 2013, while traveling home to be with family and friends.

Karen and Ryan were both born in the month of March in Elmira, N.Y. Together for a short time, they were best friends and wonderful parents to their three boys.

Karen and Ryan will be lovingly remembered by their boys, Cullen Patrick McWhorter, Griffin Kieffer English and Landon William English.

In addition to their boys, Karen was the only child to her surviving parents, David and Debora (Stevens) Kieffer, of Elmira, N.Y.; Ryan’s father, Joseph (Christine) English, of Big Flats, N.Y.; and his mother, Deborah Gilliam, of Pikeville, Ky.

Also surviving are Ryan’s sister, Heather English, and her daughter, Kaylee, of Westminster, Md.; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and so many close and caring friends whose recent support will be forever in our hearts.

Karen was a graduate of the Arnot School of Radiology, having received a full scholarship there. After her graduation, she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital. With their relocation to the Williamsport area, Karen was fortunate to stay home and raise their boys. Ryan was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having worked as Crew Chief for Marine One, the Presidential Helicopter Detail. After his discharge in 2002, he worked at Rounding Third and Crossrhodes Entertainment, J.W. Measurements Inc., and more recently he was employed in sales with Rod’s Production Service, an oil service provider located in Oklahoma, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Family and friends are invited to call at His Tabernacle Family Church, 16 Level Acres Drive, Horseheads, N.Y., on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 11 a.m. to noon. A service celebrating their lives will follow in the church at noon. The Rev. Dr. Michael Spencer will officiate.

Commensurate with Ryan’s service in the U.S. Marine Corps, a graveside service with military honors will follow in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials supporting the trust fund for their boys at English/McWhorter Trust Fund, c/o Ziff Law Firm, 303 William St., Elmira, NY 14901 or English/McWhorter Trust Fund, c/o Barton, Smith & Barton, LLP., 304 E. Church St., Elmira, NY 14901.

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