Age 23, of Owosso, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 13, 2019.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, at Owosso First Church of Christ at 585 E. North St., with the Rev. Chris Higgins officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the church and at 10 a.m. Thursday prior to the service.

Kyler was born Oct. 12, 1995, to Michael and Daniele (Shafer) Raffaelli in Owosso. He graduated from Owosso High School with the class of 2014. Kyler worked for Harris Electric where he was studying to be a journeyman.

From a very young age Kyler was involved in athletics, playing soccer every season through high school. He loved spending time outdoors. He enjoyed kayaking, hunting up north, fishing with his dad in Canada, hiking the Superstition Mountains in Arizona with his uncle, snowboarding in northern Michigan with his buddies and his cousins, and just kicking the soccer ball around with his sister.

Kyler was also a hard worker, an adored big brother and a true friend. Kyler loved his family and friends more than anything. He is being remembered by so many for his willingness to give of his time and talents to help them out with home repair projects and electrical work.

Kyler had a smile that could light up any room and always a playful gleam in his stunning blue eyes. He was a beloved member of the Owosso First Church of Christ family and he will be fiercely missed by all who knew him.

Kyler’s loss is being felt by his parents Mike and Dede; his sister Anna Raffaelli; his grandmothers Norma Raffaelli and Mary Shafer; his aunts and uncles Jodi and Glenn Kozuik, Jill and Mike Anton, Dean and Pam Shafer, and Chandra Shafer; and his cousins Andrew, Alicia, Erik, Elizabeth, Luke and Leah.

He will be incredibly missed by his close friends — his “brothers,” co-workers, church family, and many other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Jack Raffaelli and Ron Shafer.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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