The family of a missing Lincoln man found deceased by police earlier this month are publicly inviting friends and loved ones to a funeral commemoration.
The service will be held at 10am on Friday, February 28 at St. John’s Church in Washingborough.
Ryan Morgan (28) of Doughty’s Court in Lincoln, went missing on December 27, 2013, from the Peter Hodgkinson Centre on Greetwell Road.
After many appeals by Ryan’s family and a long police search, his body was later found in River Witham on February 8.
In a statement issued to The Lincolnite, Ryan’s sister Leonie Morgan said:
“To all of Ryan’s many friends, we will be holding a service for Ryan at 10am on Friday February 28 at St. John’s Church, Washingborough.
“The family would like to invite everybody to have this opportunity to pay their respects and help us to celebrate Ryan’s life.”
Lincoln kick-boxer Shawn Burton, winner of five British and two European titles and who trained with Ryan, paid tribute to his friend.
He said: “I had been friends with Ryan since I was 14 years old, training with Ryan under Jez Hall at the old Chikara Martial Arts on Monson Street.
“The team at that gym had such a strong bond. We all trained together, ate together and partied together over the years,” said Burton.
“Ryan was always a special fighter, he had tremendous power in both hands and the reach of a 7ft man, he hit me from all angles in sparring and with devastating power, breaking my nose and giving me black eyes and then just laughing about it.
“Me and Ryan went to different school’s but spent most weekend’s together either hanging out with his friends in Washingborough or with my friends from Robert Pattinson school, Ryan just got on with everyone, he was that type of lad and he was a massive hit with the ladies too.
“I saw Ryan about five months ago when I was out running, we spoke for about 30 minutes and he said he was going to get back into training, sadly he never made it down,” he said.