Taylor Joseph Ware

June 8, 1995August 28, 2019

Taylor Joseph Ware, 24 years old, of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at the University of Louisville Hospital, in Kentucky.

Taylor was born on June 8th, 1995 in Kansas City, MO to parents Thomas R. Ware and Robin L. Rank. He had a very large smile, and heart. Even from a young age, he always had a smile on his face, with dimples showing. His sister Briana was much older (11 years) so they had a unique relationship as far as siblings go.

Taylor was a former Kearney HS Bulldog, and was a state medalist his senior season, playing a vital role in clenching the 2013 Team State Wrestling Championship for Kearney Wrestling. He had been described as "a fierce competitor on and off the mat" Taylor also received college credits after graduating high school, but chose instead to serve his country in the Marine Corps before finishing his college education.

Taylor had not yet decided on a career path, as he knew he would take full advantage of military training and reimbursement at a later date. He was just recently getting situated to live in Louisville, and planned to complete his college education at Eastern Kentucky University. Lance Corporal Taylor Ware served in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged February of 2019. He was an Air Traffic Control Radar Technician for 3 years 11 months at MCAS, Miramar, San Diego, CA, actively serving for a total of 5 years; and also remained, until his passing, under military active recall duty. His awards include: Marine Corp Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and he received his 3rd Award Expert Rifle Qualification Badge.

Taylor grew up in the suburbs of Gladstone, MO, until moving to a rural area of Holt, MO with family. He remained there until enlisting, where he completed boot camp at MCRD San Diego, CA and went to his (training) A School at NAS Pensacola, FL. His final duty station was then MCAS, Miramar in San Diego, CA. He met so many soldiers, friends, and brothers in all of these locations!

Taylor was an adventurous outdoors-man. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and anything else that got him outdoors. He played many sports growing up, ranging from baseball, soccer, track, HS Football, and finally wrestling; where he excelled. Taylor loved music, had a very eclectic taste in artists, and enjoyed going to concerts. He was an avid reader; he owned and kept many books, and enjoyed reading for learning and pleasure. He even took the opportunity to read to nephew Wake's Kindergarten Class at Hale Elementary on one of his visits. Spending time with his young niece and nephew was a priority for him, especially when he got to build Legos!

Taylor loved to travel, and took his time off to visit many friends and fellow service members across the US. He was fond of showing visiting family and friends the sights around California as well. Just this summer, he went on a solo trip to Europe to several countries. He traveled by train, staying in group hostels and similar, and made several new travel companions along the way. He was very spontaneous, and was up for any activity or excursion with friends, even at a moment's notice. Taylor loved riding his motorcycle, and was very sentimental about it; not wanting to sell it even when it became run down.

Taylor could even be accused of hamming it up, or being a prankster, if only to make others smile or laugh. His final act of kindness was to give the gift of life to others through organ and tissue donation. Taylor is survived by parents Tom Ware of Claycomo, MO and Robin Rank of Kansas City, MO; grandparents James (Jim) Whitaker of Kansas City, MO; siblings Briana Garton (Joe Garton) of, Hale, MO nephew Wake Garton and niece Saylor Garton; Aunt Laura DuBow (Norm Dubow) of Huntington Beach, CA and cousins Ben and Georgia Dubow; Aunt Susan Masters (Jeff Masters) of Kansas City, MO and cousins Josh Masters, Jimmy Masters, and Nikki Roberts; Uncle, Bill Allee of MO; Aunt Melody Thurston of Independence, MO; Aunt Sandra Sublette (Jim Sublette) of Elmwood, TX; Aunt Charlene Harris, of Kansas City, MO; as well as many cousins, second cousins, other family, and dear friends near and far.

He is predeceased by both grandmothers, Carolyn Whitaker (2000), and Kathryn Norval (1997), as well as his step-father Michael Rank, (February 22, 2013)

The family suggests donations in Taylor’s honor to help #breakthestigma surrounding mental illness, as Taylor was suffering from a mental health condition at the time of his passing.

NAMI Missouri (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Or AADA, The Anxiety and Depression Association of America


  • James Whitaker, Grandfather
  • Carolyn Whitaker, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Kathryn Norval, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Thomas Raymond Ware, Father
  • Robin Lue Norval, Mother
  • Michael Rank, Step-father (deceased)
  • Briana (Joe) Garton, Sister
  • Wake Garton, Nephew
  • Saylor Garton, Niece
  • Laura (Norm) Dubow, Aunt
  • Ben and Georgia Dubow, Cousins
  • Susan (Jeff) Masters, Aunt
  • Josh Masters, Cousin
  • Jimmy Masters, Cousin
  • Nikki Roberts, Cousin
  • Bill Allee, Uncle
  • Melody Thurston, Aunt
  • Sandra (Jim) Sublette, Aunt
  • Charlene Harris, Aunt

  • Josh Masters
  • Jimmy Masters
  • Ben DuBow
  • Taylor Courter
  • Chris Seymour
  • Noelani Frishkorn
  • Blain Drescher
  • Ryan Bell


  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Graveside Service With Military Honors Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Taylor’s Life Saturday, September 7, 2019


Taylor Joseph Ware

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Emily Branch

September 9, 2019

Taylor was a sweet child from the time he was very young. Our family knew him when he was around 7–8 I believe. Always polite, always smiling, always appreciative.

We lost touch but not at all surprised by his accomplishments in life. Not sure how his death occurred but hope and pray he didn’t suffer.

Rest In Peace, sweet Taylor.

- The Branch Family

Donna Brem

September 6, 2019

You have our heartfelt condolences. Taylor was at our home a few times with Blain. He was always so sweet and polite—as well as very intelligent. We loved having him over. We were shocked to hear this. Truly, we thought the world of him. Prayers for the family. I know this is very hard to accept.

Briana Garton

September 5, 2019

I would like to thank everyone on behalf of our entire family, who have already given condolences and shared great memories of my brother. If you would like to join, or share further, please see our FB Group to honor Taylor's legacy:

We would like to invite all to join us in celebrating Taylor’s life and memory, at VFW POST 5606, located at 5406 NE Oak Ridge Dr, Kansas City, MO 64119 (on the hillside between Maple Creek Golf and Stroud’s Restaurant). At 4PM or immediately following the graveside service. This will be a potluck type dinner, so we can share food, drinks, and stories. (But a dish is not required) Anyone and everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!

Thank you again!

Austin Klarin

September 4, 2019

I'm struck by the news of Taylor's passing, and the shock hasn't quite lifted. Taylor and I grew up riding the bus together. I'll always remember how much fun we had on the bus, riding bikes on country roads, and nerding out over video games together. Taylor was always kind, thoughtful, funny, and never gave less than his best. He will be dearly missed, and his memory will be cherished.

Tyler Horton

September 3, 2019

Taylor had a heart of gold an awesome sense of humor, and loved his country. Taylor and I wrestled together for Kearney high school . And during that time I always knew him as a good person, and as an amazing athlete and teammate. Memories of his outstanding character and unbelievable work ethic will live on with every person that knew him forever. And may he rest in peace.

Emily Nicholson

September 3, 2019

This is truly heartbreaking. I worked with Taylor when he was in high school and working at Taco Bell. He was always funny and had a great positive attitude.