Tyler Blake Baumbach, age 18 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at Capital Region Medical Center after a courageous lifelong battle with Muscular Dystrophy. Tyler was born on November 19, 1992, in Jefferson City, Mo., a son of Keith C. Baumbach and Robin L. Walden. His father and step-mother, Keith and Dionne Baumbach survive in Gerald, Mo., and his mother and step-father, Robin and Rodney Walden survive in Jefferson City, Mo. A lifelong resident of Jefferson City, Tyler was a 2011 graduate of Jefferson City High School. He enjoyed browsing on his computer and playing games on his Playstation, riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and was a member of FFA, Future Farmers of America. Most importantly, he loved spending time with family and friends. Other survivors include: two brothers, Bryan Baumbach of Gerald, Mo. and Tyler Walden of Jefferson City, Mo.; two sisters, Aarika Snow of Gerald, Mo. and Amanda Werdehausen and Brad of Holts Summit, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Erwin and Beatrice Baumbach of Gerald, Mo. and Donnie and Betty Zeilmann of Canaan, Mo.; maternal grandmothers, Jackie Irwin of Holts Summit, Mo., and Jeannie Dates of Jefferson City, Mo.; his service dog and loyal companion, Mufasa; and several uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Austin Lee Baumbach, on January 20, 2009; his grandfather, Phillip Dean Taylor; and his great-grandmother, Elsie Taylor. Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2011. A celebration of Tyler's life will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Friday in the Freeman Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Tyler Baumbach Memorial Fund or to the KSDS (Kansas Specialty Dog Service). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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