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Rankin, Tyler Mason

Rankin, Tyler Mason

March 10, 1996 — July 2, 2020

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Tyler Mason Rankin (Sgt,USMC), 24, formerly of Gladstone, MO, passed away July 2, 2020, while stationed in Japan. Tyler lost his life off the coast of Hamada Beach in Shimane, Japan, saving other Marines who had been swept offshore.

Tyler was born March 10, 1996, in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Oak Park High School in 2014. Following graduation, Tyler joined the US Marine Corps, becoming an aircraft mechanic specializing in C-130's. Over the past six years, Tyler was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was currently a member of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron VGMR-152, overseeing the prop shop at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

Tyler leaves his father, Brett Rankin of Gladstone, MO; mother, Melissa Liles (Steve) of Peculiar, MO; brother, Jason Rankin of Raymore, MO; half-brother, Austin Liles of Peculiar, MO; step-brother, Eric Liles of Sumner, WA; step-sister, Kayla Liles and her children Sophia and Kylan of Independence, MO; maternal grandfather, Michael Kroll of Camarillo, CA; stepgrandmothers, Barbara Liles and Marlene Harckum of Kansas City, MO; uncles and aunt, Scott Rankin (Karen), Camille Dittmar (Steve) and Mick Kroll (Stacy) and their families. He also leaves many friends, including his Marine Corps family... Semper Fidelis.

Tyler is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Norman Rankin and Marie Rankin; and maternal grandmother, Mary Kroll. Visitation will be held from 9-10 am Saturday, July 25, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, 1640 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO. A celebration of life will follow including burial with military honors at Wakenda Cemetery near Hardin, MO.

Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warriors. You may share a message with the family or sign an online guest book via Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.

Service Information

Visitation from 9-10 AM, Saturday, February 25, 2020 at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty, MO

Services follow visitation and will be live-streamed.  **To view Tyler’s recorded service, click the following link:

Rankin, Tyler Mason's Guestbook

We did not know Tyler, however, our heart hurts for you. We are praying that God will give you comfort during this time.

George & Elaine Hadfield

I do not know any of you but want to express my gratitude that this young man made the decision to serve and protect our country. Thank you, sir, for your ultimate sacrifice as a Marine. My condolences to the entire family.


My condolences to Brett, Jason, the rest of Tyler’s family, fellow service members, and friends.

Matt Martin

No words are adequate to ease your loss. So I will simply leave this, John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Julian Dziurawiec

I met Rankin in Pensacola while at A school. I was his roommate before we both classed up. We were able to meet up while I was stationed in Yuma when he went for training. And when I got sent to Okinawa Japan we attempted to meet up multiple times but never panned out. He was one of the most genuine guys I know. And he always found a way to make a bad situation better. He was a true friend and he will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest In Peace.

Brendon Fletcher

I first met Rankin in Japan when he checked into the unit with a few other Marines. From the very beginning I could tell he was not one to get shook up about things. I only served with him for about 2 years, but it didn’t take long for him to make a lasting impression. He developed into a leader quite early, and you could see that there was something about him that never allowed anyone or anything to get under his skin. When faced with a challenge, he would always have the “well, let’s get this over with” attitude. What made him unique was, he always had a smile on his face when he was “getting it over with”. There was never a time when he was ready to give up or call it quits. He was always helping out other Marines and friends, taking time out of his own, to do what needed to be done or show someone how to do what they were having trouble with. Whether it was at work or at the barracks or at home, he was always putting others ahead of himself. He will never be forgotten. Even though I am a “few years” older than him, he will always have an effect on my life. From the hard work ethic he brought with him, to the tattoos he was always getting off work, Sgt Tyler Rankin will always be one of the best Marines I will have ever had the fortune of crossing paths with. You will be missed, but your actions will never be forgotten. You’re a hero in the true sense of the word. Semper Fi brother!

SSgt Joseph Epps

I am the father of Sgt David Byrne, maintenance coordinator, also of VMGR152. David called me within hours of Tyler's situation. He was very distraught. David served with Tyler, in the same hangars and described him as a stellar Marine, one who would always put other's concerns above his own. Always willing to help, advise and direct others to the best of his abilities. Above all else, David considered Tyler a friend. We both prayed hard for Tyler. May our Lord envelope Tyler in his loving arms and grant him eternal peace. Please know that we pray for all of you during this most difficult of times. (John 15:13)

Robert Byrne

Your family has suffered the greatest tragedy and our community and country have suffered a tremendous loss as well. I know that you are proud of your son and so are all of us. He will be sorely missed. Stay strong and God Bless. In Friendship & Grief

John Chiaro Retired USAF

So very sorry for your loss Melissa and Steve. May God be with you during this difficult time. Sending prayers to you and your family.

Tamara Figge

May You Rest in God's Arms, Warrior. Prayers to the Family.

S. Roger “Goose” Dollinger, RC. PGR.

Tyler was a great marine and an even better friend and person. He wouldn’t turn you away if you needed help or just someone to lend you an ear. He will be missed and I am deeply sorry for the pain and loss his family has suffered. TIL VALHALLA BROTHER!!

Christopher Hanvey

I am truly saddened for Brett and the rest of Tyler's family, such a tragic loss, too young to go. I worked with Brett and he always talked about how proud he was of Tyler. Brett was an amazing dad to him. Praying for the family at the loss of their precious son!

Beth Nelson

I did not know Tyler personally but he was shared with me through conversations with his father. Brett was and is such a proud father. To you Brett, I was so sad to hear this news. Though Tyler died a hero, he is your son and I can only imagine your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jason, and the rest of his family and friends. To Tyler, thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace young man.

Sara Carpenter

Rest in Peace my Brother- Semper Fi

Sgt. J.D Myers

I met Tyler in my home state of Arkansas before I was a Marine. I was a few weeks away from going to boot camp and I was surprised to see Marines on the Air Force Base. I briefly met him and talked to him and never expect to see him again. Surprisingly 4 months later I show up to the same place and start my school and he was the class above me. He always had the don’t tread on me flag up in his room. I got station in North Carolina after my school and eventually made my way To Japan where i met up with Tyler again. He taught me how to how to run a work center and often got frustrated with me when he was teaching me. We both grew up in our Time in Japan and eventually became the older boys that would lead our work center. We had a lot of great times together and he’s been a friend of mine for 5 years. He said he was going to get a tattoo on his butt like me too so we could match. It still doesn’t se real. I will remember him as the Amazing person he was and the great Marine and leader Always was. I Mourn in the loss of Tyler with the family and close friends. I am sincerely sorry and wish I could be there. He will be truly missed here and abroad by many. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. — Caleb Zuloaga

Caleb Zuloaga

I haven’t seen Tyler since 2015 in Pensacola when we shared a bathroom with four other guys and spent the majority of our time either cleaning J barracks or finding out who was the better wrestler. Simply put, I miss those days and I miss my friend. May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort as they have done for me.

Jacob Sommers

He was one of my best friends and a brother to me. He pinned me to Corporal and helped me through some of the toughest times in my life. I wish I could rely on him in this too. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was a stellar Marine and an even better man. I'll never forget him.

Peter Vandegrift

I worked with Rankin in Japan, he was a stellar Marine, an amazing friend, and a man among boys. He had some hilarious sarcasm and he always knew how to make a room smile. He stood out from the rest, truly a loss to the world. I grieve with you, and your family during these times, I will never forget the hero he is.

Clayton Rogers

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