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Caley Lantz Hare
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Birth: Sep. 2, 1994
Death: May 22, 2011
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

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Caley Lantz 'Lantz' Hare
(02 September 1994 - 22 May 2011)


Lantz Hare

JOPLIN, MO Caley Lantz Hare, age 16, of Joplin, passed away from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado May 22, 2011.

Born Sept. 2, 1994, in Coffeyville, Kan., he had lived in Joplin since 1998, and attended Joplin Public Schools. He was a straight A student of the junior class of Joplin High School.

Lantz was an avid BMX bike rider. He rode at Autumn Ramp Park and loved spending time at The Bridge. He participated in bible studies, was a member of the BMX Team and volunteered at both The Bridge and Autumn Ramp Park.

He attended Christ's Church of Joplin, with fellow Bridge staff, members and close friends.

Survivors include his mother, Michelle Hare, of Joplin; his father and stepmother, Walter Mike and Shannon Hare, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; his brother, Matthew Hare, of Joplin; two sisters, Shaylee Albee, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jayln Mattson, of Broken Arrow; paternal grandmother, CeCelia Hare, of Coffeyville, Kan.; maternal grandmother, Mary Lou Green, of Coffeyville; maternal grandfather, Ron Green, of Edna, Kan.; maternal grandmother, Teresa West, of Findley, Ohio; several aunts, uncles and countless friends.

Lantz was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Caley Kitch; and maternal grandfather, Fritz Jehle.

A Celebration of His Life will be held at 12 noon Saturday at The Bridge in the Foundry with Jeremiah Anderson and Dan Mitchell officiating.

After the service, the family will receive friends during which time members of Autumn Ramp Park will hold a memorial ride/open session in Lantz's honor.

Online condolences may be made at

Site has photo.

The Joplin Globe; Has photo.
Thursday, June 02, 2011



A Sad End in Search for Missing Son

Caley Lantz Hare, a 16-year-old boy who went by his middle name, was out driving with a friend when the tornado hit Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening.

His mother thought he might be at the makeshift morgue being overseen by Newton and Jasper counties.

The car that Lantz was driving, a blue 1998 Chevrolet Lumina belonging to his mother, Michelle, was found about 100 yards from the Dillons supermarket parking lot he had pulled into just before the tornado touched down.

On Monday, the teen's family heard some hopeful news. While out searching amid the rubble, an officer with a search dog approached. Lantz's uncle, Fritz Green, gave him one of the boy's shoes that he had found near the Chevy.

The dog followed the shoe's scent back to the parking lot, where it ended.

"To us, at that time, it meant Lantz had been found and removed, possibly alive," Mr. Green said in an interview.

But later that day, he said, Michelle Hare spoke to Lantz's friend, J.T., who was with Lantz in the car and was recovering in a Springfield hospital. The friend said he had been wearing Lantz's shoes.

"They traded clothing frequently," Mr. Green said of the teens. "That told us it was probably J.T. who was recovered from that spot, not Lantz."

The family resumed their search in the area around the car on Tuesday, when Michelle Hare ran into a man who said he had been assisting the National Guard late Sunday night. The man said he had stood watch over the body of a young man he described as wearing the same khaki shorts Lantz had been wearing, until a law enforcement officer took the body away.

Mr. Green said Lantz's friend J.T. later told Michelle Hare that the force of the wind blew out the car's windows and that he climbed into the back seat. That's all he remembered before waking up in a van that someone used to transport him to the hospital, Mr. Green said.

Mr. Green, who said Lantz's mother was too overwhelmed to be interviewed, said she heard there was an unidentified body of a young man at the morgue, but she had not been able to view it.

On Thursday afternoon, Ms. Hare learned that the morgue had identified her son's body.

Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges said investigators were trying to identify bodies based on body piercings, tattoos and dental records, which can be matched relatively quickly, rather than DNA, which can take weeks to process. "We're not about to wait for DNA to come back on all these people," he said.

Mr. Bridges said family members were not allowed to view bodies until a positive match is made. The night of the tornado, he said, a family mistakenly identified someone they thought was their son, and the error wasn't discovered until the next day at the funeral home.

"We just clamped it down then," he said.

U.S. NEWS MAY 26, 2011, 7:22 P.M. ET
Wall Street Journal



(A special thanks to my fellow FindAGrave contributor, Orlena, for so kindly emailing this bio to me.)

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