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Charles Downard Van Wert

Charles Downard, 21, of Van Wert died March 5, 2014, in a car accident north of Leon.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon. The Rev. Terry Roberts officiated. Cremation followed Tyler’s funeral. Burial will be at a later date. A memorial fund has been established by the family. 

Charles Timothy Tyler Downard, son of Patricia Eileen (Johnson) and Charles Douglas Downard, was born March 25, 1992.

Tyler attended Clarke Community Schools in Osceola and graduated from Clarke High School in 2010. While he was in high school, Tyler received his certification in carpentry through SWCC classes.

Tyler worked as a residential carpenter. He worked for Bering Construction in Osceola and also did remodeling jobs.

Tyler was engaged to Sherrisa Goodman and was stepfather to her 3-year-old daughter Shyla. Tyler and Sherrisa were expecting a child at the time of their deaths.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Doug and Patty Downard of Van Wert; grandmother Betty Downard of Liberty, brother Kevin (wife B.J.) Passmore of Mercer, Mo.; sisters, Jessica (husband Micheal) McGonigal of Ozark, Mo., Kristin (husband Justin) Williams of Chariton and Stephanie Downard of Leon; nieces and nephews, Alex, Matt, Emma, and Nat-Nat, Isaac, Jacob, Hailie, Ryan and Madison, Kylen, Kyler and Kacyn and Bobby; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

In addition to Sherrisa, Shyla and their child-to-be, Tyler was preceded in death by his brother Christopher Robert Passmore; grandfathers, Roger Downard and Robert Johnson; and grandmother Evelyn Johnson.

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