Kyler Kiner, 1995 – 2019

Services were held Friday, Nov. 8, at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson for Kyler Walter Kiner, 24, of Grand Junction.

Words of comfort were offered by Pastor Steve Ransom of the First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction. Brian Reimers, Ogden High School wrestling coach,  gave the eulogy. Honorary bearers were the Bulldog Elite Wrestling Club, Landyn Venteicher, Haidyn Venteicher and Briggs Bills.

Casket bearers were Shawn Heaning, Michael Bills, Colton Boggess, Zech Doran, Ivan Kiner and Justin Thompson. Interment was at Junction Township Cemetery west of Grand Junction.

Kyler Walter Kiner, 24, of Grand Junction passed away unexpectedly Nov. 4, 2019. He was brought into this world Sept. 24, 1995, in Ames to Scott and Tammy Kiner.

Growing up Kyler was the curly red headed, blue eyed boy who always had his thumb in his mouth, dressed head-to-toe in denim, just like his dad. Kyler loved anything that had a motor, wheels and went fast. From 4-wheelers to go-karts, motorcycles to mopeds, Kyler had them all. He was a lover of all dogs. Even if it meant he had to sleep on the kitchen floor with a new puppy, he was up for it.

Once Kyler stepped onto the wrestling mat at the age of 9, he was determined to be a champion. He took the AAU circuit by storm, winning three state titles and taking the podium five of the six years. Kyler traveled the U.S. during his AAU youth wrestling career, achieving numerous wrestling awards.

Throughout high school, Kyler continued his achievements on the mat, qualifying for State all four years. He earned a second, third and fourth place medal before his career was ended his senior year due to a shoulder injury. Kyler graduated from Odgen High School in 2014.

After high school, Kyler poured his passion for wrestling into coaching the Ogden Elite wrestling program while earning his degree in ag business. Into 29018 Kyler had started his own business of soil sampling while also working for Power LIft in Jefferson as the fabrication supervisor.

In Kyler’s free time you would find him working in the shop with his dad, lifting weights with Shawn or hunting pheasants, deer and coons.

In 2016 Kyler purchased a red Labrador, Ruby who soon became his sidekick. In April of 2018 Kyler finally found his country home near Rippey where he and his girlfriend Sierra Richmond moved. There they raised two pigs, numerous chickens and of course, their dogs.

Kyler was always the life of the party, so full of life with that ornery grin across his face. There was never a time that he would leave you unhappy. He was a “fixer” of all things, the one who would give you the shirt off his back, even if that was the last thing he had. Anyone who knew Kyler knew his tough exterior was nothing compared to his heart of gold.

Kyler was preceded in death by his brother Miles, grandfather Paul W. Kiner, and grandmother Linda Randall.

Survivors include his parents Scott and Tammy Kiner of Grand Junction; sisters Mae (Birt) Davis and Heidi (Michael) Bills of Jefferson; nephews Landyn, Haidyn and Briggs; grandmother Ardis Kiner of Grand Junction; grandparents Gordon and Kathy Kruse of Denver, CO; numerous aunts and uncles; cousins; other relatives and many friends.

The family is assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Grand Junction.

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