Cody Symons is survived by his parents, Ryan Symons and partner Leah Cunningham, and Jenni Symons and partner Brandon Alonzo; siblings, Nicolas Symons and partner Corynne, Katelyn Symons, and Cooper Symons; grandparents, Lyle and Barbara Symons, Gary and Marilyn Richards, and Cindy Richards; great-grandfather, Lyle Dean Symons Sr. (“Grumpy”); nephew, Jaxon Symons; aunts and uncles, Chris and Marcie Symons, Keith and Courtni Symons, Brandon and Cheryl Richards, Brent and Tatiana Richards, and Julianne and Douglas Carpenter; cousins, Lyla, Ellie, Luci, Emmitt, Stephen, Ryan and wife Morgan and their son Dashel, Rachel, Rebecca, Taylor, Zachery, and Joel.
Cody has an extensive family that he loved and supported and he in turn was loved greatly and supported.
Ryan's message to Cody:
Son, I want to express my deepest gratitude to you for choosing me to be your father. Raising you will always be cherished memories in my heart. You have taught me the depth of love. As a father, and a man with a large family, I thought I had some grasp of that word. I think "vast and infinite" are good terms that surround this idea of love. But until March 7th, I did not know the depth of that word, the raw anguish, power, and outpouring of love for you, can only be described as indescribable. Your presence in my life and this experience will forever change how I walk on this earth. You have given me something so beautiful. I will love you and carry you with me always. Thank you for being my son.
Jenni’s message to Cody:
You were responsible from when you were a baby and would just lay down for a nap if the door was closed. I never once had to tell you to get up for school or do your homework. You overcame dyslexia by sheer will and continued to make excellent grades into college. You had a 401k by 18. Purchased vehicles on your own. Reliable coworker for the family business. Awesome big brother and happily helped with Coop. Helped moved countless people. You were a natural with cars. Knew all their names and would point them out from when you were a small child. Jack of all trades, great carpenter, and mechanic. You were dedicated to your high school band, and I loved those Friday Night Lights watching you on the field. Always very coordinated and great at any sport or game you tried (except maybe Mario Cart). You made everyone feel special. Love poured out of you easily. You were your siblings’ best friend and my and Dad’s little buddy. You were such a loving caregiver to Kat and your animals. You told me when you moved out that you’d always answer the phone for your mama, and you did.
I am sad I will never get to see you grow older. I am sad I will never get to watch the joy on your face at your wedding or meet your children. I am sad I will never again hear you tell your funny stories or hear you laugh with your siblings. I am sad I won’t get to see the future unfold that you have worked so hard towards. Twenty years doesn’t feel like enough time with you, but I will always cherish every second we had. If only I could give you one more hug. I love you, Cody Ethan, with all my heart. Your mama is so very proud of the man you became. Please rest in peace, Baby.