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Tyler Pershing Allman, son of Mercedes-Benz Strategic Account Manager Royer Allman, passed away Jan. 21 from the effects of Juvenile Batten disease. He was 16.

Allman was born with the terminal neuro-degenerative disease but didn’t show signs until he was 8 years old. Only 500 children in the United States and 1,200 worldwide live with this devastating and terminal disease. 

Allman loved every sport and was born a natural athlete like his father. He played t-ball until he began to lose his fine and gross motor skills, his vision, and suffered from seizures and eventually was no longer able to walk or talk.

His favorite team was the Cubs and there was always a pitching machine or a batting tee in the backyard. Allman loved getting up early as a 6-year-old to go golfing with his dad or hitting golf balls in the woods behind the family home. He also loved the adventure of riding his dirt bike and was an ardent Notre Dame football fan.

Allman attended Hums Elementary School in Mishawaka, Ind., where every Friday was “Team Tyler Day.” At the end of year Field Day everyone would wear their “Team Tyler” shirt. Allman moved on to middle school at John Young Middle School where he continued to be embraced with love with supportive staff.

Tyler is survived by his father Royer, mother Heather and his loving brother Ryan. He is also survived by his grandfather Larry Hans; aunt Krista Hartman (Craig); uncle Justin Hans (Paige); uncle Ryan Hans (Katie);cousins Alexander Hartman and Violet and Henry Hans; great aunt Karen Jordanek (Joe); and his aunt Kelly Olson.

If you’d like to make a contribution in Allman’s honor, please donate to Make-A-Wish, which provided the family a Disney trip of a lifetime, and the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation at PO Box 50221 Austin, TX 78763. You can also go to tylerallman.com to view the family story as well as the donation page.

Viewing will be held Thursday (Jan. 25) from 1-8 p.m. at River Valley Church, 55855 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544. Services for Tyler will be held Friday at 10:00 am. Dean Huppert will be eulogizing Tyler.

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