Ryan was born in Greensburg and raised around St. Paul. He graduated from North Decatur in 1994. After graduation Ryan entered the workforce at KS Bearing where he worked for 8 years until they closed their doors. Soon after Ryan began a career as corrections officer working for the Rush County Sheriff's Dept. ending after 11 years as a Jail Corporal. Ryan married Kelly (Miller) Belt in February 2011 and they reside in Greensburg. Ryan is a fan of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also is a Purdue fan and has recently started to enjoy watching the Army Black Knights football team. Ryan also enjoys hunting and fishing, and hopes to enjoy these outdoor passions more than he has in recent years.