The man who killed himself at Brandywine Country Club last week after reportedly attacking a police officer and taking his gun has been identified as the 24-year-old owner of the Peninsula golf course.
Ryan Yesberger of Peninsula died Aug. 29 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound from the Peninsula officer’s gun, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed.
The unidentified officer heard a shot; Yesberger’s body was later found on the property with a gunshot to the head.
Police had been called to the golf course for a report of criminal damaging.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating, at the time did not identify anyone involved. The office said a man assaulted the officer, hit him in the head and knocked him to the ground.
With the officer semiconscious, the man removed the officer’s handgun from a holster and ran, it said.
The Peninsula officer was treated for minor cuts and released.
Yesberger had a troubled past.
When Yesberger was 17, he was the driver of a car on Oct. 31, 2010, that crashed in Boston Township, near the golf course, and killed his two best friends who were passengers.
Yesberger, then living in Cuyahoga Falls, was placed on probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. His driver’s license also was suspended.
Yesberger admitted in Summit County Juvenile Court to a delinquency charge of aggravated vehicular homicide for each fatality. Investigators said the car was traveling about 100 mph when it crashed.
At that time, the mothers of the two victims, Ryan Swiger, 17, of Cuyahoga Falls, and Zachary Taylor, 18, of Wadsworth, addressed the juvenile court and told Yesberger they loved him, supported him and would always be there if he would ever need their help.
“You’re a very lucky young man,’’ Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio told Yesberger after the sentence was handed down. ‘’I think it demonstrates how much they care about you, and I hope that’s not something you ever take for granted, because they have really given you quite a gift today.’’
Yesberger told the court he accepted responsibility and was sorry.
“He’ll live with the consequences for the rest of his life,’’ Peter Cahoon, Yesberger’s attorney at the time, said after the December 2010 sentencing.
That life came to an end less than eight years later.
Yesberger’s obituary in the Beacon Journal said he was a lifelong resident of Cuyahoga Falls and Peninsula and owner-operator of Brandywine Country Club.
He apparently took over ownership of the golf course sometime after his father, Brett Yesberger, died in 2009 at age 47. Brett Yesberger’s father, Earl Yesberger, who died in 1988, designed Brandywine in the 1960s, according to an obituary for Earl Yesberger that ran in the Beacon Journal.
Ryan Yesberger’s mother, Denise Marshall, who lives in Florida, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Ryan Yesberger’s obituary said he was a 2012 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School.
His family said in the obituary that he typically spent the winter in Florida and loved golfing, traveling, boating, music, his dog, Remi, and spending time with family and friends.
Yesberger is survived by his mother; brothers, John and Steven Marshall; grandmother, Diane Feeman; uncle, Jon Feeman; aunt, Dawn Peterson; and other family and friends.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by uncles Scott Yesberger and Jay Feeman; and aunt, Debbie Feeman.
Memorial visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2141 Fifth St., Cuyahoga Falls.
Memorials may be made to Warriors Coming Home, P.O. Box 317, Grandview, MO 64030.
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