Braden Dale Robertson, 16, of Olathe, passed away on November 4, 2017. He was born February 19, 2001 to Jason and Kristin (King) Robertson. Braden spent his early years in Iowa enjoying the small town Orange City life. He loved to ride bikes, play with his friends, attend county fairs, and name off all of the farm implements by make and model. At the age of 4 he moved to Kansas City, MO which enabled him to be closer to extended family. He attended Hawthorne Elementary School for 3 years and participated in multiple sports through his church there. When Braden was 8, he and his family moved to Olathe. Braden immediately loved his new neighborhood and riding scooters and bikes up and down the hills on his street. He really enjoyed his three years at Forest View Elementary school where he was involved in Running Club, Fox Crew singers, Fox Council and was blessed by developing special relationships with his teachers and principal. Braden attended Mission Trail Middle School for three years where he was involved in band, Science Olympiad, cross country and track. One highlight of middle school for Braden was his opportunity to give a large group presentation to the entire 8th grade student body regarding the Civil War and his experiences as a reenactor. Braden attended Olathe Northwest High School for two years where he was a part of the E-Communications program, the marching band, and the Cross Country team where he received his varsity letter his freshman year. He was excited to begin his junior year at the new Olathe West High School where he received his varsity letter this fall for cross country. One of his highlights was being an office aide and delivering passes throughout the new building.
From an early age Braden had an incredible interest in history, especially military history. He participated in many civil war reenactments and living history events with the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry. He especially loved educating the public and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his vast knowledge as well as learning from his fellow reenactors. He was excited to be promoted to 2nd Corporal this year. Braden also participated in several World War II reenacting events and collected a vast array of military collectibles. He thoroughly enjoyed buying, selling, and trading this memorabilia and finding the next “must have” or rare item.
Another one of Braden’s favorite activities was spending time at his Grandad’s land. He loved so many things about being there. There were so many activities he enjoyed doing out there but the best part was the one on one time with his Grandad or sharing this special place with lots of family and friends.
Braden was a member of Community Bible Church where he was very involved. He went through the AWANA program and was a student leader with the T & T boys for the past 2 years where he was appreciated and loved by the leaders and students alike. He attended multiple years of VBS and served several years as a VBS leader. He participated in the middle and high school youth groups and attended numerous conferences, youth summer camps and service projects. Braden was baptized on September 29, 2013 at the age of 12. His friendships at the church, both with his fellow students and multiple wonderful adults, were very important to him.
Braden is survived by his loving parents, Jason and Kristin Robertson, who will forever miss this wonderful young man who made them parents for the first time; his brother, Devin; his sister, Ashlyn; Grandparents, Dale & Kathy King, Leon & Vicki Robertson, Deb Robertson; Great Grandparents, Eleanor Robertson & Daryl Huling; Aunts & Uncles, Mark & Kayli (King) Oquist, Chris & Hannah Robertson and numerous cousins and extended family who loved and cared for Braden deeply.
Braden was blessed to have known and loved several family members who preceded his death: Great Grandmama (Martha Malone), Great Grandpa & Grandma King (Everette & Wilma King), Great Grandpa & Grandma Boelman (Norman & Julane Boelman), and his Great Uncle Kevin (Kevin King).
A Visitation will be held Friday, November 10th, 2017 from 5-8pm at Community Bible Church (1304 N. Parker Olathe, Kansas 66061). The Memorial Service will be on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 10am at Lenexa Baptist Church (15320 W. 87th Parkway Lenexa, KS 66219) followed by a graveside service at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens (13901 Blackbob Road Olathe, KS 66062).
Memorial contributions may be given to either Community Bible Church, or to the Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203, or to the Olathe Public Schools Foundation to help with suicide prevention, 315 N Lindenwood Dr., Olathe, KS 66062, please note Braden Robertson Memorial Fund on check, or online at www.OlathePublicSchoolsFoundation.org.
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