Rylee Chase Carpenter was born to parents Lisa Carpenter Grant and Trac Carpenter on August 14, 1992 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK. He grew up in Oklahoma City, OK, attending Will Rogers Elementary School, Hefner Middle School, and Putnam City North High School. He was a brother to Ashton Carpenter Simpson and became a son and brother to Michael Grant, Sr., Taylor Grant Chabot, and Michael Grant, Jr. in 2003. He gained an additional sibling, Bug Carpenter, in 2001. Rylee became an uncle to Raya Kayle in 2009. After high school, Rylee earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Rylee was an active member in the Medieval Society at UCO, serving as President one year, and participated annually in the Medieval Fair hosted in Norman, OK. After graduation, Rylee moved to Fort Collins, CO, where he lived with Michael Grant, Jr. and beloved Tiny Rick. They spent their time exploring, hiking, traveling, and participating in general tomfoolery. In early 2022, Rylee made the decision to seek treatment for his addiction, organizing his admission to a facility in California, where he was working towards almost 90 days clean. Rylee will be remembered for how fiercely he loved his family and his portrayal of Buddy the Elf will be missed at every Christmas as each year passes.
Rylee is survived by his mother, Lisa Carpenter Grant, step father, Michael Grant, Sr., and father, Trac Carpenter (Oklahoma City, OK); grandfather, Robert Grant, Sr.(Oklahoma City, OK); sister, Ashton Carpenter Simpson, brother in law, Disty Simpson, and niece, Raya Simpson (Oklahoma City, OK); sister, Taylor Grant Chabot, and brother in law, Taylor Chabot (Charlotte, NC); brother, Michael Grant, Jr. (Fort Collins, CO); sibling, Bug Carpenter (University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, CO); beloved dog, Tiny Rick; and uncles, aunts, and cousins in The Hylton Family (Purcell, OK), The Scrivner Family (Union City, OK), The Catlett Family (Oklahoma City, OK)and The Grant Family (Lees Summit, MI).
Rylee is preceded in death by his grandmother, Paulette Gigi Roberson, and grandfather, Papa Mac; grandfather, Papa Ray; grandmother and grandfather, Wanda Meme and Herb Carpenter; grandmother, Joan Grant; uncle, Todd Carpenter; and uncle, Robert Grant, Jr.
Rylee’s pallbearers include his father, Trac Carpenter; his brother, Michael Grant, Jr. and brothers in law, Disty Simpson and Taylor Chabot; and friends Vadim Dozmorov and Travis Riddles.