Remembering Tyler Luedtke
RICHLAND, Wash. - Funeral services were held Tuesday for five-year-old Tyler Luedtke, the son of a Washington State Patrol Trooper, who lost his battle with cancer.
Services gave family and friends a time to say goodbye, and remember the joy he brought to their lives. You could feel the love Tyler spread in the short time he was alive.
Even tender pictures don't describe how deeply he affected the lives of the several hundred people to who came to remember him.
Washington State Troopers had called him their "Chief". Back in May, Tyler was "Chief for a Day". He suffered from neuroblastoma cancer, typically diagnosed for children only two years old. During services troopers pledged their dedication to Tyler's parents.
"We will always be here with you. We will always be here for you, as well Heidi. You need to know that," said Chief John Batiste, Washington State Patrol.
Family and friends gathered to pray.
"(Lord) surround his family with your tender love and great strength," said Pastor Dale White, Cathedral of Joy.
And to grieve the lost of their beloved son.
"When I think Tyler's life, I think, my God. He has had so much to face in the short time he lived," said a family friend.
But they also remembered the happy times.
"He would teach us to play. We get really serious and we'd be very busy in the office and I remember he'd go, 'Can you play hide and go seek with me?' So we'd spend 45 minutes hiding around the office with him and he brought a lot of joy to us," said Tonya Callies, Family Friend.
And before the procession headed to the burial site, the chaplain reminded everyone - although these times are painful we need them to move on.
"Our many tears are the way the wound is cleansed out to begin healing," said Tim Ledbetter, Chaplain of Hospice.
Although family friends KNDU talked to said they will miss Tyler beyond belief, they said he taught them so much, they won't go away empty handed.