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Dalton Bradley Funk, 27, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on April 6, 2023, after a long and brave battle with mental illness. Even in pain, he never lost sight for the love of family. His passing leaves an unfillable gap in the hearts of his loved ones. He was born on June 6, 1995, and is survived by his parents Layne and Michelle Funk, and his brothers Carson and Braden Funk.
Dalton, a wonderful big brother, was always proud of the fine young men his younger brothers were becoming. As firstborn, he gave his parents the incredible gift of experiencing the joy of a child’s smile and journey through life. His extended family include loving grandparents Ben and Mary Funk, Linda and Bill Kice, Rush and Janna Renner along with many caring aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dalton’s gentle and warm spirit offered compassion, kindness, genuine goodness, bright intellect, humor and wit to this hurting world. He is described as remarkable, smart, bright-eyed and always ready with a wide smile. He loved playing soccer, reading, card or board games with family and friends, video games, movie nights, jokes, watching sports, and good food. He was the first to offer a helping hand to mow a grandparents’ yard or pet sit for a neighbor. He took adventurous road trips with friends with experiences of skydiving and hiking.
Dalton attended Blue Valley High School where, as a cancer survivor himself, he was an active participant in Relay for Life. He attended Kansas State University and was a member of the Acacia Fraternity. In college, his struggle with mental wellness took hold, and he battled through to eventually earn an Associate’s Degree at Johnson County Community College in AutoCAD Drafting. After working at Garver and Kaw Valley engineering firms, he joined the staff of Grass Pad in Stilwell, KS.
A small, private family service will be held to celebrate Dalton’s life. His family requests that in lieu of flowers or attendance, please consider a contribution to one of the following organizations so they may continue to positively impact our local community. He was greatly impacted by each, and it would mean so much to Dalton and his family.
*National Alliance on Mental Illness, Johnson County Chapter Click Here To Donate
Exceptional classes and support were provided for the Funk family through Dalton’s struggle with mental illness.
*Ronald McDonald House Charities, Kansas City Click Here To Donate
They provided housing and support during Dalton’s cancer diagnosis at age two.
*Dream Factory, designated toward Greater Kansas City. Click Here To Donate
Dream Factory gifted Dalton with camping equipment and a Chiefs game following his cancer treatment.
~ Please leave any wonderful memories of Dalton or condolences down below. ~
Nan Smith says
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I am praying for your family.
Cindy Shelby says
Layne, Michelle and family,I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the sorrow you are feeling. Dalton will live on in your hearts forever.
Brian Glenski says
I am praying, grieving and thinking of you and your Family. I have no words to describe your loss. Anything I can do please let me know.
Dode B. Levenson says
Layne and Michelle – I was heartbroken to learn about the loss of your sweet, sweet son. Sending you, Carson, Braden and your family all my strength, love along with my deepest condolences. May Dalton’s memory always be a blessing.
Love, Ruth & Dennis Farrell says
We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dalton. Lifting your family up in prayer- that you feel Gods presence in this heartache for He is with you.
Ashen Family says
My heart breaks for you all. I am terribly sorry. Dalton touched our lives and so many others. Know you have the love and support of so many around you. We are here for you and are continuing to lift you up.
Jennifer Nelson says
Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kathy Lilley says
Dear Layne, Michelle and family: I am so terribly sorry to hear the news of your dear son Dalton. I can’t imagine the loss you are feeling but I hope all the wonderful memories that you made as a family will help support you right now. Sending all my love to you.
Janna LaRue Hoffpauer says
Layne and Michelle, my heart goes out to you as you mourn this overwhelming loss of your dear son, Dalton. Joining so many others in praying for peace and comfort for you and for your entire family even now in this most difficult time. Deepest sympathies.
Jan Crow says
I’m so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with your entire family.
Julie Else says
I am heartbroken for your family and will be keeping you all close in prayer. May God comfort you and wrap you all up with his love.
Melanie Hill says
Michelle and family my heart goes out to you in this time of grief. I pray you feel Gods love in a tangible way through the comfort of family and friends. All our prayers for you all.
Bill McClave says
Dalton was a beautiful soul who brightened the world of everyone who knew him.
We will carry his spirit in our hearts.
Jennifer Ross says
Dear Layne and Michelle, Dalton was an amazing and compassionate young man. I loved serving in children’s ministry with him. He was wonderful with children. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
John Button says
Layne – you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you cherish the memories. God Bless!
Jill Cipra says
Layne and Michelle,
Dalton was a sensitive, thoughtful young man, and it was a blessing to know him. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. He will live in on in all the lives he touched.
Linda Horner says
Layne and Michelle,
My heart aches for you and the boys during this difficult time. Dalton was an amazing young man. Your memories will keep his spirit with each of you. He will live in your hearts always. God’s blessings to each of you.
Martha Bobek says
Layne and Michelle,
This is heartbreaking news and I am so sorry for your family. I know you will always cherish your time with Carson and I pray for God’s strength to help you through this terrible time. May you find comfort in your memories and know that we all are holding your family close to our hearts.
Dee & Patsy Widler says
Layne, Michelle and family, Our heartfelt sorrow for your loss of Dalton. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May our Lord be with you and comfort you.
Dee & Patsy
Sue Chipman says
Layne, Michelle and family, I was so very sorry to hear of Dalton’s passing. I know you are all devastated and I am sending prayers and love for all as you celebrate his life.
Michelle McNay says
Thank you for sharing Dalton’s story. I pray that you knowing he is now at peace will give you the peace and strength you need now.
Susan Kivett says
Layne, Michelle and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Dalton. My heart goes out to all of you. There are no words to take away your pain and sadness. Please know you have a community that loves and supports you during this difficult time. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.
Juliette Phillpot says
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Doug & Dee Dickey says
Funks, we are heartbroken for your family at the loss of Dalton, such a sweet young man. Sending love from far away.
Bob Lane says
Thinking of you and praying for strength and comfort.
Nancy Krause says
Prayers for the entire family. I know Dalton was a helpful person in so many, many ways.
Holli Pearson says
Dalton was an amazing young man and now he is at peace with our heavenly God. We are so sorry for your loss and hope you feel all the love coming your way. God is with you and for you.
Steve and Holli Pearson
Suzanne Wallace says
My prayers are with you all.
Joyce Martin says
So very sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family through this very sad time.
Verneda Edwards says
Layne and family –
May your memories sustain you. Prayers for your family.
Barb Cook says
Dear Michelle and family,
I am lifting your family in prayer. May you feel the presence, compassion and peace from God, and may the loving memories of Dalton continue to warm your hearts. Sending you peace.
Michael Maroon says
I have memories of you talking so fondly of Dalton in class Layne – it was always so evident that you were proud of and loved him so dearly. You were always among my favorite teachers because it was so obvious you cared about your students – I can only begin to imagine how much love Dalton felt from you and Michelle. You all are on my hearts and I pray that you are surrounded and blanketed in God’s love for you and for your sweet boy through all those angels around you today and always.
Julia Chestnut says
I am absolutely gutted by this news. I went to school with Dalton all the way from elementary school through to high school and he was the kindest, greatest guy. I wish we had kept in touch over the years. I also battle mental illness and have wanted to end my life so many times… I promise to carry you in my heart and continue fighting for you, Dalton. Rest now and find peace.
Bill, Mickey, and Lundy Family says
Layne, Michelle, and family – We are saddened for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult times.
alex lane says
I’ll see you out in the wilderness friend
Stephanie Kavlick says
Please know you have an army of earthly people lifting you in prayer. One step at a time, I pray you feel surrounded by love & comfort.
Rich Troxel says
Layne, Michelle, and family: My heart aches for you, though I know that he is with our Father in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the Lord who walks with you. Dalton will always be with you, in your hearts, your memories, and in your love.
Stacy Collins says
Layne and family, Claire and I are so sorry for the loss you are experiencing. Please know that we are sending you healing thoughts and hope for finding peace in each other during this difficult time.
Dan Entwistle says
My family grieves with you. We send our love and hope to offer some comfort as you navigate the days ahead.
Pat Lacy says
So sorry for your loss.
Suzanne Shyver says
I’m so sorry he struggled and understand how that feels as a parent. Many hugs and prayers to all of you.
Kate Wood says
Michelle and Family, as a parent my heart breaks for yours. Thank you for sharing Dalton’s story and in this way allowing him to continue blessing others. It’s beautiful that every remembrance speaks to his kindness. Wrapping you in prayer.
Jason Entgelmeier says
I went to school with Dalton. He was a wonderful guy. I can’t remember him being anything but kind and respectful to everyone. My condolences. Lord have mercy.
Bill and Maria Koch says
Layne and family,
Very sad to hear and we will offer up a rosary for the family. May the soul of Dalton rest in peace.
Rob Reschke says
Through a mutual friend I heard about the loss of your son. My heart sank as I read about Dalton. I hope you can find comfort in the impact Dalton had on everyone he came in contact with. It’s obvious he was a wonderful person.
Steve Moore says
Sending prayers for the Funk family during this time of terrible loss. May memories of Dalton’s smile be strong as you gather to remember his life and care for each other.
Ken and Diane Boone says
Layne, Michelle, Carson, and Braden, we are so sorry for your loss. When we think of Dalton, it will be with a smile because he was such a thoughtful and caring person. God bless.
Thomas Felton says
Layne, Michelle, Carson and Braden — I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you all. I have great memories growing up playing soccer with Dalton and he will be missed.
Marty Sinclair says
Michelle and Layne –
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. May God’s peace and strength carry you in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Carolyn Gordon says
I did not have Dalton as a student in fifth grade, but I did have Carson and Braden. Great kids, and they spoke highly of their big brother. My sympathy to this wonderful family.
Cindy Roach says
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Find strength and love in all the wonderful memories.
Debbie and Joe Velky and family says
Michelle, Layne, Carson, Braden-
I am so so so sorry to hear about Dalton. I can only send as much love and strength as there is possible for you to get through this. Know that we are thinking about you and praying for you. Love you!
Evan Szechowycz says
Though I only knew Dalton online; he was by far one of the kindest, supportive, and most compassionate people I have ever met. The day is dimmer and the night is darker with the void Dalton has created. I hope is he doing better where he is at at will be missed by so many people. There will always be a spot at Chambers for Dalton.
Michelle and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of Dalton, I was on the tech team with Dalton and I was saddened when Frank told us he had passed away. When we had our “Joys and concerns”, Dalton was always excited to get to see his brother at K-State. My heart goes out to all of you. May God comfort all of you and give you comfort and peace (((HUGS))) to all of you.
John & Lori Wunder says
Layne, Michelle and family, we are so very sorry to hear about Dalton. Our hearts ache for you. We are praying for your family at this difficult time.
Charlie Marquardt says
I am so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. Dalton was such a kind person and always a friend. I’m praying for your entire family. May he rest in peace
Julie Killion Nestler says
Sending prayers and heartfelt condolences to your family. Dalton sounds like a wonderful young man and I am so sorry for your loss.
Mary Marquardt says
I am just heartbroken… especially for you all who loved Dalton more than anything. And for all of us who were blessed to have known & loved him throughout his life. When I think back on memories with Dalton, I just smile, because of the pure kindness & joy he brought to those around him. A life cut far too short, especially for those here left missing him. I know that Dalton & all the memories of him will be forefront in your hearts and minds… and I pray that one day, the joy from those memories will overshadow the sorrow. ??
Mary Marquardt says
My apologies, that was a heart at the end of my above message. Didn’t realize it would become question marks when submitted.
The Dew Family says
Layne and Michelle, we are so very sorry for your loss. Words are hard to come by but know that our hearts broken. Layne, you have been my friend since elementary school. You are a big part of my personal life story and I value a lifetime of memories. The Dew’s will continue to keep the Funk family in our thoughts and prayers.
The Svilarich Family: Stephanie, Jeff, Jake, Natalie, Luke and Daniel says
Layne, Michelle, and family: Our deepest condolences to you on Dalton’s passing; we are so sorry for his struggles. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and peace in your special memories and the love from all of us that care so much for you and your wonderful family.
Blake Staley says
Playing basketball with Dalton when we were younger is one of my fondest memories. He was a great leader and taught me to always keep pushing no matter the odds we faced. My condolences to his entire family. Dalton was a great person. RIP my friend.
Reverend Cheryl Jefferson Bell says
Lifting up your family and praying for Comforting Mercies for each of you. My heart breaks for you all. May you experience God’s Love and Peace. Sending my Love to you!
John jeffers says
Layne, Michelle and family, know that you are in our prayers and hearts. What a terrible loss, our deepest condolences. Love from the Jeffers family.
Marilyn Brewer says
Dear Layne, Michelle and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Brandon. Layne, I had the privilege of teaching with you for many years and knowing you Michele through COR. May your strong faith help you through this heartrending loss.
I am praying that God’s presence will surround you.
Donna and Mark Ibenthal says
Dear Michelle, Layne, Carson, Brayden and family,
My love and prayers are being said for you all. I hope you can find peace in the memories of all the love Dalton portrayed in his life. You all are wonderful caring parents and brothers and I hope you can feel God’s caring arms wrapping around you now. I’m always available to talk anytime you would like to chat. Love, Donna
Chad Renner says
I miss him so much already. I was so sorry to hear about Dalton’s battle with mental wellness. Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense. Bad things happen to good people and we all wonder why, but even in those times some things remain true, you are loved and we are praying for you. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Amanda Davis says
Sending my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I pray you feel the love of everyone lifting you all up in prayer now and in the coming days. May God grant Dalton eternal rest. Peace be with you.
Courtney Durando Warner says
My heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Thinking of you and praying for peace and love to sustain you as you grieve.
Kari Burgess says
My heart breaks for your entire family. May you feel God’s presence surround you as this community lifts you up and supports you. What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing his story.
Velez-Makar Family says
Although we never met Dalton we can see what a wonderful person he will forever be remembered as. Our hearts are saddened for your families loss and all who will never get the pleasure of spending time with this incredible person. May you each feel GODs presence in the most extraordinary way as HE holds each of you within HIS loving arms.
Raelene and Bob Herndon says
Dearest Funk Family – We are so sorry for the pain and loss you are feeling. Words are not adequate. Lifting you up in prayer as you navigate the days, weeks, and years ahead, missing your beautiful son.
Cheri Quade says
Layne & Michelle—-I was so saddened to read of Dalton’s passing. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him, as a parent, my heart aches for you. My prayer is that you feel God’s love surround you in the days and weeks ahead.
Cindy Brown says
Dalton was so special. He touched many lives while he was at Blue Valley High. He had distinct personality traits from both of you. You were blessed to have him and he was blessed to have you.
Jacob Casey says
I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Dalton was truly an amazing person. My thoughts and heart goes to his family and friends.
Todd and Julie Bickel says
Layne and Michelle, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
John and Susan Ahart says
Layne and Michelle, We are so sad. Dalton was a gentle young man who was kind to all. His presence made this world a better place.
Ronnie Pruitt says
So saddened to hear about Dalton. Prayers for your family. May your good memories bring you a smile in the coming days. May you feel God’s love .
MJ Walden says
Layne and Michelle, I feel as though I knew Dalton since Mary and I were working together on a Old Mission church project when Dalton’s cancer first appeared. She kept me updated with his progress. As soon as I joined Resurrection, it was so good to know his wonderful parents. God bless each of you.
Anne and Oliver says
Dear Michelle, Layne, Carson, and Braden, Words can’t adequately express our deepest condolences. We are continuing to keep you in our daily thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort during this incredibly difficult time. With love, hugs, prayers, and faith. Anne and Oliver
Allison Mabe says
I grew up the street over from Dalton as a kid and went to school with him. Dalton was an amazing person. We may not have exchanged a lot of words but I always felt like he was a bright, compassionate person who brought joy and fun to whatever he was doing. My heart goes out to those that are grieving. May you feel connected to him even now. With so much love!
Tracey and Case says
Cade shared that Dalton was his best friend. As Cade said…Dalton didn’t have a mean bone in his body. Per Cade, he wouldn’t have passed 6th grade math without Dalton’s help. Cade said…Dalton knew he might get in trouble helping me with my math but he didn’t care…he was willing to help me no matter what. I have no words for the pain you are feeling….Dalton was such an amazing friend to Cade. We love you all.
Pam and John Nicholson and kids says
From our family to yours, we are so sad for your loss. Dalton was one of our kids first friends and we shared so much in those early years. I will never forget learning about his cancer diagnosis. So young, you all have been through a lot. We hope you can find some comfort in all the people praying for you. We are always here for you even if we don’t see each other much. Never hesitate to reach out!
Kieran Delaney says
Mr. and Mrs. Funk, I am still very troubled from hearing this happened, and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you and your family. I still remember Mr. Funk speaking so proudly of his son in my Personal Finance class senior year. He said Dalton was doing what he loved with software-aided drafting, and I found it very inspiring since I loved my AutoCad class and I was happy to know you could make a living off of those skills. I am so sorry, and I hope this message helps you heal.
Mina Milford says
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family. Thanks for sharing such good memories of your son.
The Schmidt Family says
Dear Funk family – we are sadden to hear about the loss of your wonderful son, Dalton. Layne you were one of my boy’s favorite teachers at BVHS; we are all heart broken for your family. We pray you can feel God’s warm embrace supporting you through this difficult time.