In Loving Memory

Kerry “Toby” Eckman (Ryan)

Kerry “Toby” Eckman (Ryan)


Kerry “Toby” Ryan passed away in peace at her home in Raymond, NE on Sunday, November 8, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family and her dog Jake, who never left her side. Toby was born on July 15, 1960, in Pawnee City, NE to Gayle and Pauline Eckman, later Maughan. She graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 1978.

Toby loved the holidays. Christmas was an important time of year that she made magical for others as it was another opportunity for her to celebrate family. Toby also loved pink flamingos and Harleys. She enjoyed riding motorcycles and adventuring with Mark and her friends. She was honest, a dedicated worker, loyal, and could give it to you straight but share a laugh the next moment. She welcomed any and everyone into her home. While everyone could attest to how tough she was, only those who experienced her tender and comforting side truly understood where that fire and strength came from. It was clear to see through the grit that she was so much more than just tough.

Toby spent her last few days at her paradise in Raymond, which her and her partner, Mark Homes, built together. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jeffry Eckman. 

She is survived by her brothers Scott (Kim) Eckman, Stacy (Bev) Maughan, Mark (Candace) Eckman, Bob (Mari) Eckman, and sisters Linda Maughan-Hager, Lisa (Tony) Rughe, Irene Eckman, Daisymae (Mark) Eckman-Brayton, her children Nicholas (Tosca) Ryan, Jessica Ryan, Amanda (Paul) Schmid, Zach (Shanna) Homes, and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews who she adored.

Gravesite services will be at the Pawnee City Cemetery at 10:30 am on Saturday November 14, 2020.  Due to Covid, masks and social distancing is required. The service will also be live streamed on the Wherry Mortuary/Monument Facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person. 

In lieu of flowers, donations will go to Santa Cop (or if you insist on flowers, please buy them from Oak Creek Floral).

Services entrusted to Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska.