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Payton Rose

December 28, 2019

Payton Elliott Rose, 11, who died Dec. 28, 2019, is no longer on this earth to give his loving hugs to all those around him. Yet, it is his warmth and passion that the bereaved are still sensing from this boy who lit up the world.


Several days after he died in his sleep at home in Halstead, Kansas from an unknown cause, his mourning mother Jennifer (Wyckoff) Rose, said she is celebrating his life. His exuberance and curiosity touched the lives of all those around him – especially those of his brothers Jacob (12) and Jesse (19), and his father, Bobby Rose.


“Payton was our wonderful surprise, being born only 11 months after his brother Jacob,” Jennifer said. “From the day he was born, he connected with those around him.  The thing we will probably miss most about him is his hugs.  Payton gave the best hugs!  You could feel his love when he hugged you.


With that great love also came great courage, Jennifer said. Even at a young age, Payton was fearless in being bold and trying new things. He also had little concern for the possibility of negative consequences.


“It’s like he was born without that fear bone,” Jennifer said. “Payton began climbing on furniture and up trees when he was little. His first broken bone came at age 2 while jumping on a trampoline with a bunch of older nieces and nephews. There have been a variety of bruises, scrapes, stitches, and scars since then.”


One of his earliest feats occurred about age 5 or 6 when he attempted to climb a 10-foot fence and scale the radio tower in Walton, Kansas.  “As I called out, looking for him, Payton hollered back, ‘I’m stuck.’ I still remember looking up and telling him, ‘You got yourself up there, you better get yourself down.’


Payton’s bravery continued to grow with him, Jennifer said.  He was always active, full of energy, and loved sports, singing and dancing. Break dancing was his favorite. He had a cameo at the Kansas State Fair. As one of the street acts played, they invited Payton into the middle of the crowd, where he proudly showed off his flips, kicks, and turns.


He liked to win, though Payton’s love of sports transcended competition. “He simply loved whatever game he was playing and always strove to do better,” Jennifer said. “Payton was a loving soul, caring for everyone around him. He always wanted to do better, to improve himself and to help others reach their full potential. … Always such an intuitive boy, Payton seemed to know when others were hurting, feeling down, or needing a pick-me-up.” (His compassionate spirit was also evident in his love for animals and all creatures. He was always wanting to pick up strays and would never step on bugs.)


Playing soccer was the deepest love of Payton’s life, and he dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player He had been a member of the Newton Railers Soccer club for many years. He also played a variety of sports with the Newton Recreation Center and was a member of the Newton Junior Railers Football Club.


Payton’s perseverance also transcended the sports field. “Even when he became frustrated with schoolwork or people, he didn’t give up – he always pushed through,” Jennifer said. “Payton loved it when others were proud of him. He enjoyed making people proud — his teachers, his coaches, his parents.”


Payton was born to his parents Bobby and Jennifer Rose on March 7, 2008, at Newton (Kansas) Medical Center, just 11 months after his brother, Jacob. Payton attended Walton Rural Life Center in Walton, Kansas, and Santa Fe 5/6 Center in Newton. He was most recently enrolled in the sixth grade at Halstead Middle School.


Payton is survived by parents and brothers, Jacob Rose and Jesse Rose, Kris and Cinda Wyckoff (maternal grandparents), and Howard and Faye Mann (maternal great-grandparents). He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents Tammy & JD Solomon and Bob Rose.


The members of Payton’s family say that his life has been a great blessing. “He has touched so many lives, and will continue to touch others into the future,” Jennifer said. “His family is eternally grateful for the time we had with him on this earth. We joyfully bask in his charismatic love and kindness.


“It has been an honor to know you Payton, and we look forward to the day when we will see you again — striking that confident pose with that tilted smile. Payton you are loved more than you will ever know.”


Services for Payton Rose will be held Saturday, January 11 at Faith Mennonite Church, Newton, Kansas.  Services will begin at 11:00 AM, followed by lunch (please join the family).  In lieu of flowers, Payton’s memory can best be honored through gifts to the Payton Rose Scholarship Fund with the Newton Railers Soccer Club (Paytonrose.newtonrailers.com/scholarship).  This fund will help more children to get involved in the game of soccer.  As captain of his team, this is something Payton would enjoy – more kids playing the game he loved.


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23 thoughts on “Payton Rose

  1. Jennifer and Bobby;
    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Steve and Susie Tangeman

  2. Jennifer and Bobby, so sorry Payton was beyond special. His beaming smile, joy he spread will never be forgotten. He was loyal best friend to Rocco no matter the distance and time apart. Your family will always be in our prayers and thoughts

  3. Bobby and Jennifer,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Our love and prayers go out to you. You are so heavy on our hearts right now.
    Ron and Peggy

  4. My twin girl’s both went to School with Payton. They are very upset and wanted you to know what a very polite and nice young man he was. Audra and Breanna Burke are very sorry for your loss and wanted for me to let you know that

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends may the Lord comfort you and cherish the memories of Payton.

  6. Prayers for you and your family, Jennifer. My you feel the presence of God at the time of sorrow and grief. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Paytons passing. Our family is sending our love and hugs. He had the best smile and was a great kid!!
    Thinking of you and your family.

  8. I remember attending a birthday party at athletic Park when Payton was still very little. I remember watching him do backflips across the grassy hills and Jennifer explained to me that it was just one of those things he knew how to do!

    I also remember him at my twins, Fiona & Jane’s, 8th birthday. We were at the indoor swimming pool in Hesston and Payton was doing back flips into the pool. He kept getting closer and closer to the edge and because it was too loud in there I was walking to tell him to please stop for safety reasons…sure enough, he bumped his head on the edge of the pool. I called Jennifer, and she told me it was the second time they would be visiting the emergency room that week. She was very calm about it.

    We remember his smile, his energy, his athletic ability, his joy.

    We are sorry for your loss and the loss to us all. We are thankful for his time here.

  9. Prayers of peace and comfort to you, Jennifer, Bobby and all the loved ones. My heart hurts for you knowing the love for a child is unconditional and your son had so much to give to others!!

  10. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for peace and comfort for you Jennifer, Bobby and loved ones. My heart hurts for you knowing you lost a son so young and he had so much to give to others.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss of Payton. He sounds like he was an awesome young man!Howard & Faye are my Aunt & Uncle and your mom is my cousin. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. We will miss you are loving nephew your where a joy to see my boys will miss very much to my prayer for my brother and sister love you guys

  13. What a beautiful tribute for a very special child! I feel like I know him just reading your loving words. I see his Grandma Tammy in his happy smile. I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this very difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials. Love and hugs from your Bruch cousin, Carine Bruch Rishton.

  14. So very sorry to here of the loss of Payton. Our prayers are for your family for peace and comfort.

  15. I have been praying for peace and comfort for you Jennifer. Jacob…I am thinking of you especially at this time of loss of your brother. You were/are an awesome big brother.

  16. My heart breaks for you as a mother Jennifer and for your entire family and all who knew and loved your dear son Payton. May God comfort you all your days.
    Dawn Marie

  17. Jennifer,Bobbie,Jesse and Jacob.
    We are at a loss for words for the Loss of Payton.
    We hope you all are able to Comfort Each Other Often like Payton would have.
    God has a special place for Payton. I Believe you all have an ever lasting “Angel” in your midst.
    You all are in our prayers.
    Knowing God is Loving, Caring and Comforting .

  18. May God comfort your family during this time. Jalen enjoyed playing soccer with his friend. We will miss his smile and big heart. We are praying for you all!

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