Reat Underwood's mom, dad recall their favorite memories of him

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Len Losen was Reat Underwood’s dad since about the time Reat was learning to walk. While he was Reat’s stepfather, by all definitions of the word “dad,” that’s what he was to Reat.

Len is a stay-at-home dad to the two boys; mom, Mindy Corporon, owns her own company here in Kansas City.

Mindy and Len were raising their boys to be self-sufficient; they would know how to do laundry and cook for themselves before they left home for college.

Reat wasn’t very good at the laundry part. He’d always forget and leave his laundry in the dryer.

Sunday morning, before heading off for an audition at the Jewish Community Center, Reat’s family once again razzed him about forgetting his laundry in the dryer. He’d do it when he got home, he told them.

That night, after a horrifying event changed their lives forever, Len quietly folded Reat’s laundry for him. And put it away as if Reat might wear those clothes again.

Reat's parents, along with his 12-year-old brother Lukas, are feeling so many different emotions right now and say they have been absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

Both Reat and his grandfather Dr. William Corporon will be cremated after a public funeral this Friday. 

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