Tyler Robert Rathbun

Tyler Robert Rathbun, beloved son of Theresa and Clay Rathbun and brother of Alexander, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012. The world has been deprived of a sunny, talented and charming young man too soon.

Tyler was born December 22, 1994 in Kansas City, MO. He attended Westwood View Elementary School; Indian Hills Middle School and Shawnee Mission East High School where he was a senior.

At an early age, Tyler found his passion and the place where he could make an impact: on a soccer field.  Tyler was an accomplished soccer player, starting by kicking the ball with his older brother in the back yard.  He won multiple awards and recognitions, most notably breaking a school record by scoring 22 goals in his senior season and earning Regional Offensive Player of the Year, a first for any Shawnee Mission East soccer player.

Tyler loved the outdoors and spent time hunting, fishing and hiking.  One of his favorite places to spend time outdoors was at the family cabin in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

But more importantly, Tyler was loveable and loving. He had a big heart, treating others with compassion and kindness. He went out of his way to be kind even when he didn’t need to be kind.  He lit up a room with his big smile and infectious laugh. He was someone people were drawn to and he drew energy from others.

Tyler will be missed by his parents, Theresa and Clay Rathbun, his brother, Alex, paternal grandparents Ron and Betty Rathbun, Uncles Randy and Cory Rathbun and Aunt Lori Kerr, several great aunts and great uncles, numerous cousins and a host of friends.  Tyler was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Howard and Eileen Vladar.

The funeral service will be held Friday, November 30, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, Kansas.  A gathering celebrating Tyler’s life will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Shawnee Mission East High School auxiliary gym.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Tyler Rathbun Memorial  Fund for future development of youth soccer and a soccer field in Tyler’s memory. Contributions may be sent C/O: Signature Funerals, 8019 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Tyler’s Memorial Service will streamed live from the Village Presbyterian website at   www.villagepres.org

Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.  Arr:  Signature Funerals 8019 State Line Rd Kansas City, MO  816-214-5174  www.signaturefunerals.com

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  1. The Breckenridge Family

    Caroline shared with us some favorite memories of your Tyler. His favorite Mickey Mouse shirt the Caroline called “creepy” and Tyler kindly told her was his favorite shirt. She also saw him in boxers and cowboy boots and when she asked him if he wanted to put pants on, Tyler looked down and simply said, “No, I’m good.” I think this speaks to great confidence and humble nature. Caroline was blessed to know him. Our prayers are with you all. Caroline Breckenridge and her family.

  2. A sweet, sweet boy
    his special grin
    I can’t believe
    we’ll never see him again

    My heart aches
    for his family and friends
    And I can’t comprehend
    this untimely end

    Those special times
    we all spent together
    We hold dear in our hearts
    forever and ever

    Always a smile
    a kind word to offer
    He excelled at it all
    especially soccer

    A passion for life
    a love for outdoors
    The infectious laugh
    we’ll hear no more

    No words can describe
    the pain we all hold
    So live now for Tyler
    you can do it, be bold

    He would want us to go on
    fulfilling our dreams
    A life of accomplishment
    always being a team!

    RIP Tyler!

  3. Laurie Atchity Dressman

    Dear Tyler Family and Community…I am so sad to hear of Tyler’s passing. My daughter Alex has been so hurt and in pain from the reality and loss of his happy spirit. I pray for your community, that you find a sense of understanding and peace with such a tragic loss. I am so awed by the Lancer community from the surrounding colleges and the pictures on Tyler’s Facebook page. I will think of his face often, even though I didn’t know him and I will pray for all of you during your loss and pain. God Bless you.

  4. Ken & Barbara (Keller) Jeroue

    Theresa, Clay & Alex – There are no words that can relay our sorrow in this tragedy..Please know that you all, as well as your whole community, are in our thoughts & prayers. From all the comments I have read, Tyler was an outstanding young man and will be missed by so many..May God hold you in the palm of His hand in the coming days, months & years..