Ethan Zane Rider met his heavenly Father on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the age of 12. He was an outstanding child with a heart of gold, who gave life to others by becoming an organ donor. Ethan loved sports, playing football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. He was 88 for the SJV Crusaders football team. He was a member of St. Jean Vianney, the cub scouts, and loved spending time with family. Ethan was an avid LSU and Saints cheese head fan. He enjoyed vacationing, collecting snow globes, rocks, and souvenirs. He is survived by his mother, Dana Sandifier Rider maternal grandfather, Dody Sandifer his paternal grandparents, Barry and Linda Rider greatgrandmother, Esther Smazenka, aunt, uncle, and godparents, Chad and Rebecca Courtney aunt, Stephanie Sandifer White uncles, David Sandifer, Greg Sandifer, and Timothy Rider cousins, Timothy and Amber Sandifer, Matthew White, Madelyn White, Ella Jean Courtney, Hannah Rider, and Micah Rider numerous family and close friends, Papa Shane, Nanny Sharon Reeves, and Hunter, Jessi, and Jenny. Ethan was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Lee Rider maternal grandmother, Jean Wells Sandifer maternal greatgrandparents, Hardy O. Wells, Jr. and Billie Kirkwood Wells and paternal greatgrandfather, Anthony Smazenka. Visitation will be at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 4pm until 9 pm with a prayer vigil beginning at 6:30 pm. The visitation will conclude with a rosary. Visitation will resume at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church, 16166 S. Harrels Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge, on Wednesday, February 25, 2014 from 9 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Pallbearers will be Hunter Palinietier, Pat Guelfo, Kevyn Miller, Matthew White, Mike Bannister, David Boudreaux, Kelly Reed, and RJ Boiteaux. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Paul Sandifer, Justin Seargent, and Micah Rider. Burial will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Please visit www.resthavenbatonrouge.com to sign the online guestbook. Ethan was loved by many family and friends, both in Louisiana and Michigan. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ethans memory to the St. Jean Vianney Capital Campaign for a parish gymnasium.
Dana, I don't know if you remember me but I use to come get body wraps years ago and was looking you up and found this. I am so so very sorry for your loss honey, I remember when you would talk about Ethan you would just glow! I often think about you and the stories you'd tell me as I was getting wrapped. Again I am so sad to have seen this. God bless you!
Billie jo senecaPlaquemine, LA
We are so very sorry for your loss of your precious little Angel. Heaven has gained another precious Angel. My thoughts prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time of need, I pray The Lord wraps his arms around you all and gives you and your family the strength comfort yall need to help make each day that passes come with some type of ease during this difficult time. Much love to you your family.
Kimberly CovingtonBaton Rouge, LA
We are so very sorry for the entire Rider family. Our words seem empty ... You will remain in our prayers.
Clyde Tammy LasseigneBaton Rouge, LA
Our prayers to the Rider family and friends. May the Lord comfort you in this time of sorrow. Know that Ethan is in a good place and is watching over us. SJV Friends
Michael, Todd and Angela GarciaBaton Rouge, LA
Ethan, your smile and sweet nature will be missed. May you rest in heaven with all the angels.
Melissa FosheeBaton Rouge, LA
He was one of the kindest, most thoughtful boys Ive ever met. He truly had a heart of gold and was always the first to volunteer or help. We were blessed to have known and loved him. To his family, thank you for sharing your sweet boy, your family is in my heart prayers. I know in my heart that he walks with angels today.
Anitra BoiteauxBR, LA
I am so sorry about the families loss and I hate that the world will never know that wonderful little boy as a great man. My family was blessed with him next door to me for the first 6yrs of his life. I cant tell you one bad thing about him other than he was a protector and a great friend to my eldest son. As hard as it is to lose someone in such a tragic way its never easy to cope with. All you can do is remember him and never forget all the wonderful memories he has given each person he has blessed with his presence.
Kadondra ArdoinDenham springs, LA
Ethan Zane Rider was a beautiful boy from the moment he was born.He was welcomed into this world by his loving parents Andy and Dana after waiting for him for a long time.He brought happiness and love to everyone with his huge smile.He loved his little Momma, Jesus, and playing any game that required a ball.His gift of life donations are miracles to many.Ethan is an angel now.He will be missed.My prayers are with Dana.
Amber SaxonBaton Rouge, LA
A sweet, caring, smart polite young man who loved making people laugh. You always brightened my day. Prayers thoughts are with you your family. I am so blessed to have known you.
Mrs. Leslie Vick SJV
Our hearts are heavy for your loss We will be praying for you.
Rosemary BajonBaton Rouge, LA
Two of my children are students at SJV 5th 7th graders, they tell me how sweet, funny and kind Ethan was. My heart goes out to your family. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts. My God wrap his arms around your family for comfort at this time.
Jennifer LopezBaton Rouge, LA
My prayers to Ethans family at this time of great loss. May the Lord bless each and everyone of you in the next few days.
Carolyn PurvisWalker, LA
Sandifer clan, this is so tragic. I pray we all find solace in the fact that Ethan is with our Father and we will see him again. No more dealing with the drama of human life. Only filled with the love and comfort of our Father.
Monica Sandifer Jenkins,
May Gods Grace be with you all during this time. You are certainly in my prayers.
Rachel PaceLeague City, TX
Ethan, I will miss your sense of humor and your laugh. You will forever be a Crusader 88 I enjoyed being in your class at SJV.
Allie Held 6th grade, SJV
Allie HeldBaton Rouge, LA
Weep not for me in death for I have just begun.
My soul unbound at last speeds homeward toward the Son.
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Debbie and Rob GalbraithThe Woodlands, TX
I am so very sorry for your loss of this precious boy. At times it is so hard to understand Gods plan for our lives, but know that He is in charge of our lives and he will help you through your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love,
Tricia CoppolaBaton Rouge, LA
So sorry for your families loss from the owners and staff of
Don NicholsNatchitoches, LA
My prayers are with your family. Im side words cannot express this tragedy. Jehovah God knows the hurt and pain associated with death and he has promised to so away with it forever. The bible says that God views death just as we do as an enemy not as a friend. He has promised that we have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again right here on a paradise earth. Where there will be now more sickness pain or death. May these promises bring a measure of peace and comfort.
2 Corithians 1:3,4
Tameeka Fcarville, LA
Dana, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know that your heart is breaking, but remember the special times that you had with Ethan. I am remembering the day Ethan was sitting at my bar eating chocolate chip cookies and getting ready to go to an LSU football game. He was so excited about going to the game. Also, my thanks to you and Ethans extended family for the special gift of organ donations. I would not have my Jim today had it not been for the generosity of an organ donor. I love you and Ethan. Raye Seago
Raye SeagoBaton Rouge, LA
Barry, Linda, and family, I cannot express enough my sincere condolences on the death of Ethan. I pray for comfort and closure for all of you during these agonizing times. If I can help in any way, just let me know. Gerry and Penny.
Gerry MillsWhite Castle, LA
Barry and Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are breaking for you... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love, Paul and Lori
Lori BrownMidland, MI
Dana, I am truly sorry for your loss. Ethan was a talented, beautiful, and wonderful young man. He was loved by many. And I know he will be missed greatly. God bless him, you and your family.
Blake FavaronBaton Rouge, LA
I am very sorry for your loss, and I will be praying for Ethan and his family. I am a parent of one of Ethans classmates, Sarah Levraea. I cannot possibly understand what you are going through, but just know Ethan is well taken care of by our heavenly Father.
Laurel NavailhonBaton Rouge, LA
Good bye Ethan. I will miss you. I will be praying for you and your family.
Sarah Levraea, your classmate
Sarah LevraeaBaton Rouge, LA
Many thoughts and prayers for the entire family. Ethan will be missed dearly. Erik, Brandon 6th grade classmate and football and soccer teammate and Brady Burns
Erik BurnsBaton Rouge, LA
Ethan is with his Dad and Grandma now. He is well and my prayers are for the rest of you that he left behind. May God bless you and keep you close.
Elizabeth Mark CharltonSheffield village, OH
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear boy, Ethan. Sending thoughts and prayers for peace and courage to your family. With love, your friends of SJV Terri, Fred and Cole Mogharrebi
Terri, Fred and Cole MogharrebiBaton Rouge, LA
A life that ended much too soon. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will feel no fear.........may God give you peace.
Lena Hooperdenham springs, LA
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Ami Price SJV family
Ami Price ArmstrongBaton Rouge, LA
Ethan your beautiful big smile and amazing personality will always be in my heart and mind. I love and miss you so much.
Guy Laura McLaughlinMidland, MI
My dear sweet Ethan, how we will miss your smiling face. I will never forget the story you told me about becoming a Catholic the very first year I was at SJV. The sincerity and joy you were showing was amazing for a child of your age. You were an wonderful young man and we will miss you dearly.
Miss Debbie SJV
Debbie DaigleBaton Rouge, LA
Our hearts are so heavy. Ethan was a beautiful young man with a heart of gold. May he rest in Gods eternal glory. Our prayers are with you. Much love.
Cecile MartinBaton Rouge, LA