Ryan Fountain, 29, is in critical condition following a brain aneurysm


Ryan Fountain, Eldon’s youngest member of the board of aldermen, is in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia after suffering a brain aneurysm Tuesday.
Fountain, 29, was found unconscious when emergency medical personnel responded to a call around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Fountain Apartments. He has undergone two surgeries since being admitted to the hospital: one last night and one early this morning.
A 2001 graduate of Eldon High School, Fountain was elected to the city’s board of aldermen in April.
“We are all very distressed by the news about Ryan,” City Administrator Frank Schoneboom said Wednesday. “Ryan has been an alderman for a short time, but his energy and enthusiasm in the policymaking process has been valuable to the mayor and board, as well as myself.
“He is a very thoughtful and bright person who is making positive contributions to the city going forward,” Schoneboom said. “Ryan is very highly thought of by the elected officials and staff at the city of Eldon. The thoughts and prayers of the mayor, board of aldermen and staff are with Ryan and his family at this time.”
Fountain graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in agricultural economics in 2005 and returned to Eldon to join the family business, which includes farming and rental property.
“He comes from an outstanding family. Roger and Rita (Ryan’s parents) have done so much for the community,” said Willard Haley, director of the Eldon Career Center and former agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Eldon High School. “He was one of the outstanding leaders (in high school) and after graduation somebody I would consider a dear friend.”
Gabe Branstetter, coordinator for adult and community education at Eldon Career Center, was a high school classmate of Fountain’s.
“We were both in FFA together,” Branstetter said. “I was the president and he was the vice president. He served on the state-winning parliamentary team that finished second at nationals (in 2000). The sales team, the next year, we took first in the state and fourth in the nation.”
Branstetter spent Tuesday night at the hospital with the Fountain family, including Ryan’s wife, Brandy, who works part time at Eldon Drug while attending pharmacy school at the University of Missouri.
“He’s a great guy, a good friend, and we’re just hoping he pulls through,” Branstetter said.