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Jonathan Edward Remus Tamerius

COLUMBIA — There wasn’t a sport Jonathan Edward Remus Tamerius couldn’t master. A natural athlete, he played baseball, soccer, football and hockey and took gymnastics and taekwondo.

In elementary school, his classmates named him the “Best Kickball Player,” and he earned the Physical Fitness Award for best attitude and effort.

He had many other talents as well, according to his family. He was on the honor roll in elementary and middle school, played viola and hoped to play electric guitar.

Jonathan Tamerius, 13, died from an accident on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010.

He was loving, loyal, helpful, and true. He was quick to laugh and a joy to be around.

Jonathan had a heart for animals. He enjoyed playing with his dog, Sadie, and Ratty, a stray kitten in the neighborhood.

Jonathan was a protector and a big brother who would step up to the plate verbally and physically to defend his siblings. He wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up and considered joining the Army with his older brother, Caleb.

He was in the midst of transitioning into a young man but would still take piggyback rides from his father, James.

Tamerius is survived by his parents, Kris Overton Remus, James Remus and Travis Tamerius; his siblings, Caleb Tamerius, Anna Remus Tamerius, Micah Remus Tamerius and Elizabeth Remus Tamerius; and his grandparents, Doris Overton, Jack Overton, Ed and Marilyn Tamerius and Eldon Remus.

His grandfather Jack Overton died earlier.

A service was held Wednesday at Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge Road, with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

In honor of Jonathan’s passion for animals, donations may be made in his name to Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202, or on its website, cmhspets.org.

Condolences can be posted online at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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