A Little Bit About Tyler

Tyler Michael Beckett, 16, died on Friday, January 6, 2017, at home, by taking his own life. He was born on January 20, 2000 in Martins Ferry, OH to Jennifer Michelle Beckett and Steven Michael Kirchner. Tyler was a junior at Marietta High School. He was a member of the cross country team, swim team and the Tiger Navy. Tyler was on student council, the model UN club and had just been accepted as a member of the National Honor Society. In the summer of 2016 Tyler studied at Brown University and had planned to study at the University of Chicago this past summer.


Tyler is survived by his mother, Jennifer Beckett, of Marietta; maternal grandparents Jeffrey and Julia Beckett, of Shadyside; father Steven Kirchner; siblings Maddie and Joe Kirchner; paternal grandparents, Bruce and Vicki Kirchner, all of Wheeling, aunt and uncle Lorrie and Matt Downes and their children Anna and Josh; many other aunts, uncles and cousins. Tyler is also survived by his friends, too many to list. He never met a stranger. Once you became a friend to Tyler you became family.


Tyler was put on this earth to help people; by donating his organs we have guaranteed that he will continue to help people. Tyler had a deep and profound love for music, all types.



I am a runner.

Through mud and rain and whatever may come,

I know nothing but perseverance.

I am a runner.

With nothing but an iron will, I press on.

There are no stops or time-outs.

Only a will to survive and improve.

I am a runner.

I eat my weight in pasta.

And drink enough water to drown a fish.

All to prepare for half a minute less of running,

Because I hate running.

But on the run,

When I feel as if I must give up

The run pushes me forward, saying you’re better than this.

Because I did not choose to be a runner,

A runner is what I am.

Tyler Beckett

August 3, ,2016