Tyler James Luvin

October 20, 1983 – July 30, 2012

Tyler James Luvin was called upon by God to bring his joy to Heaven on Monday, July 30, 2012. Tyler was born on October 20, 1983 in Independence, Mo. Tyler stayed strong and held on for his wife to enter Heaven on their 6th wedding anniversary.

Survived by his loving wife, Jennifer Luvin; loyal pets, Princess, Lady and Socks; sisters, Danielle McMichael and Natalie Luvin; father, James Luvin; nephew, Carter McMichael; nieces, Jadyn McMichael and Kyla Brown; mother-in-law, Brenda Heator; sister-in-law, Angela Ritchie; grandparents, Patricia and Jim Dull, and Richard and Ruth Grant; and many other family and friends.

Preceded in death by his mother, Georgia Butkovich, and many other family members and close friends, he will not be alone.

Tyler was happiest when he was spending time with the love of his life, Jennifer. He loved to be outside gardening and planting flowers, watching the humming birds, and building anything he could with his own hands, always excited to show Jennifer or make her something new. He was a kind person, great friend, brother, son, uncle, and the most loving husband there is. Tyler touched so many lives and will be greatly missed by everyone he encountered.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo., proceeded by the funeral service at 7:30 p.m. and a balloon release immediately following the service.

“ If you get there before I do, don’t give up on me. I’ll meet you when my chores are through; I don’t know how long I’ll be. But I’m not gonna let you down, darling wait and see. And between now and then, till I see you again, I’ll be loving you. Love, me.”
– Love Jennifer


My heart goes out to you for your loss. I was one of the EMT’s that helped Tyler that sad day. Jennifer, you and Tyler’s family will be in my families prayers.
Danny Bunker

I am sad and sorry to hear the news of Tyler. He was a great person inside and out and had a smile that could light up the room.
Anna Marie Foster

Jenny, Seeing the joy you & Tyler shared with each other from the first time I met you is something I strive to have in my own life. The two of you had a very special relationship and as you know he had a smile that could make anyone’s day better. Still thinking of you everyday.
Bill Malott

My condolences to Jennifer, Jim, Danielle and Natalie. Sad to think such a young man is gone from this world. Tyler was a good friend to have as a kid in the neighborhood as was the whole Luvin family. I am sorry to hear about his passing.
Mark Boyer

Jen and family,

We’re so sorry to hear the news of Tyler. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss Tyler’s beautiful SMILE. May you celebrate the special life Tyler lived and cherish your memories.
Tammy & David M. Swee, D.D.S.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Tyler. We were saddened to hear of the accident. A special note to Jenny, Jim, Danielle, Natalie, Lyn Marie and family, may God give each of you the strength to get through this and the ability to hold on to all of those special memories of Tyler. We will keep each of you in our prayers and thoughts.
Ron, Carol & Lisa Coleman

Dear Jenny, Jim, Danielle and Natalie,
We are heartbroken at the loss of Tyler. He was like a son to us. We will miss his sweet spirit and infectious smile. May your memories give you comfort and always remember how much you are cared about. Just let us know if there is anything you need. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sheryl & Pat Diecidue

My deepest sympathy goes out to the friends and family of this young man. I was floating that day on the river with a group of friends whenever this tragedy happened. Our good friend, who is a first responder fireman, was one of the many that went to Tyler’s aid. Our hearts are heavy today as we learn of his passing into Heaven. From Illinois, we send love and hugs to you all. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you strength to get through this trying time. God Bless.
Stacey Wierman

With deepest sympathy. Jen — you are in my thoughts as you find your way through this difficult time. I’m unable to be with you at Tyler’s service, but I will be thinking of you as you honor the life of your love.
Lindsay Martin

I am heartbroken to learn that Tyler passed on Monday. I was one of the folks who ran to the scene after seeing a few people running down the shore shouting for someone who had a phone to call 911. I did what little I could to manage the scene and get people away, to quiet everyone down and calm those who were understandably distraught. I was hoping with all of my heart that he would be okay. Sadly, that wasn’t what happened. I hope my prayers and condolences can carve even the smallest gap in your grief.
Trevor K

Tyler and I have spent more time together in the last eight years than I have with my own family. And I want to say I had come to think of him as another member of my family. I want all to know there is not a more caring , thoughtful young man around. I cannot find words to say how badly he will be missed! You all are in our prayers.Tyler always brought a ray of light in a room when he entered, a true class act. Never was there a job too big or a person too small, his light shined on alot of people over the years. Please know Tyler was loved by many who had a chance to know who he was! Be proud he is your Tyler!
Steve Roberson

Jen and Family
We were so sorry to hear about Tyler. He worked for us from the time he was 14 until he was 18 or so. He was a good worker and a good person. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Randy, Pam, Makala, Walker and Lola Easley

My sincerest sympathy goes out to the family of this young man. I was on the river that day and prayed he would pull through this and be okay. I came back home to Illinois and had to follow his progress. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, I will continue to keep you all in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. God bless and comfort each of you.
Cayla Hittmeier

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michelle U

Jennifer, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your husband Tyler. He was my student in high school, and I best remember him as an independent thinker. I appreciated that as there was never a boring conversation with Tyler. His favorite class with me was creative writing; he shared much that year, which helped me get to know him. We often do not understand why we have to lose those dearest to us, yet I know God can and will provide you with the comfort you need every day, especially in the days ahead. Again, I extend my sympathy for your loss. God bless you.
Marilyn Riddle