Tanner Patrick Smith

A Celebration of Life service for Tanner Patrick Smith, 21, Lawrence, will take place on Saturday, September 15th, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence, KS.

Tanner was a KU student majoring in mechanical engineering.and is the beloved son of Patrick Smith & Kelley White-Smith of Lawrence, KS, and brothers to Taylor Smith and Keifer Smith also of Lawrence, KS. He is survived by his grandmother, Kaye White and many aunts and uncles including Wayne and Jennifer Kelly (Lawrence) with cousins Rachel , Emma and Nicole. Kevin White and Kathy Crosby-White (Gardner) with cousins Brandy and Britain. Travis Manual and Erin White Manual (Olathe) with cousins Sarah and Scott. Rosemary and Bob Smith (Shawnee) with cousin Tara. He was born February 22nd, 1997 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital along with his twin Taylor in Lawrence, KS.

He had been battling some chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, erythromyalgia and chronic insomnia for about 2 years. He passed away on September 10th, 2018 in Lawrence, KS

Thoughts from Taylor (Tanner’s twin brother)

We were born to our parents, Kelley White-Smith and Patrick Smith. He and I went to school together since kindergarten, and were later joined by our little brother Keifer Smith. We all attended Sunflower Elementary and Southwest Jr. High School as those schools were but a simple walk from our backyard. Tanner and I then later attended Lawrence High School, part of the first class of 9th graders to attend the school, which was a part of a larger restructuring of the district at the time. There Tanner continued to excel in the math and sciences, and confirmed his interest in engineering. We also participated together on the cross country team together. He hated it. And with good reason. I think he found himself asking “what reasonable person would do this to themselves?” I asked myself that nearly everyday as well. Come senior year, our younger brother Keifer made it to Lawrence High as a freshman. Tanner and I graduated at the end of that school year as part of the class of 2015.

Tanner and I then went our separate ways academically. He began studying mechanical engineering at KU within KU’s School of Engineering. It was while attending KU that Tanner began to experience what would later be diagnosed as chronic insomnia, erythromyalgia, and fibromyalgia.

Outside of school Tanner liked to build. He built his own 3D printer and even used it for an engineering competition while in high school. We were both working together to build a CNC router, though it never came to total fruition. He would often help me in my own home renovations or in my work as an apartment maintenance man. Whether I needed an extra hand or just a friendly and intelligent mind to pick, discuss, or laugh with. Of late, Tanner had developed a passion for a certain video game, Halo Wars 2. I think it’s worth noting that he had managed to become a top 200 player globally. I personally thought this to be absolutely badass. I will certainly miss my brother dearly. He will be missed by so many. He is loved by so many still. After spending 21 years with him, he naturally left his mark on me, like so many others. My newest challenge is to somehow become used to life without a brother and a friend that I have always had. A task that for my family and I seems nearly, if not absolutely impossible. Tanner, we love you so much.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Lawrence Free Methodist Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From mary Egli...

D ear Patrick and Kelly,
Darrell and want to let you know how sorry we are about the death of Tanner,and wish we could have been there with you. our prayers are being said for both of you, plus Taylor and Keifer. I remember when the twins were born, and got to see them in later years as they grew up. My heart is hurting for all of you and I send my love too. Your cousin, Mary Smith Egli

From Brenda Carnahan (Booth)...

Patrick and family I am so sorry for your loss. May the grace of the lord be with you and your family to help you thru your loss.

From Ms Terry Henderson...

Patrick and family, I am heartbroken and saddened by this news. Please know that there are many many of your classmates who love you and are here for you. Remember the beautiful times spent with Tanner and soon the unbearable grief will get a little easier. Stay strong and prayerful. My thoughts are with you and your family.

From Ginger Wingert...

Patrick, I am sorry about Tanner. I remember when you and Kelly got married and then the twins being born. I have lost contact but you are still a very good friend. I can’t image the pain and suffering you and Kelly and the boys are going through. Just let God help you get through this time. Ask him for comfort. Know Tanner is with him and in a better place and no more pain. If I can help with anything please just let me know. I will be there.
Your friend, Ginger

From Jeff Ross...

I am so sorry for the loss of your young man. To say that Tanner will be missed is a gross understatement.

You have my deepest, sincerest sympathy and love.

From Liz Botkin...

Patrick – I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

From DDLowe...

Thinking of you, deedee

From Beth Oblon...

Patrick and family; our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Beth, Ed, Nicole and Patrick Oblon

From Jennifer Smith Landreth...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

From Kelly Russell...

There are no adequate words. I can only pray to the God of all Comfort to surround you with love and support. I’m so so sorry for your heartbreak.

From Mark and Susan Lackey...

We are heartbroken. We wish we could be there to celebrate his life and comfort you as best we could. Love and hugs from the Lackey family.

From Linda Miller...

There are no words…unbelievable sorrow..May God fill you with peace…..and your memories will be
forever in your hearts…..

From Jenn Eakin...

My heart breaks for your family. Words cannot convey my deepest sympathy for the loss of your sweet boy. You have my prayers.

From Paul and Rita White...

Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
No words can describe how sorry we are for your loss.

From Diane, Randy and Justin Lewis...

The sadness I feel for you and your families loss cannot really be put into words. We will be praying for you.

From Keith and Barbara Wood...

Patrick and family, we are so very saddened by the news about Tanner. Please know that we are with you and share your grief.

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