Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives Scott Schwab, and his wife Michele, died Sunday at the Schlitterbahn Water Park while on the park's 168-foot water slide.
Winter Prosapio, spokeswoman for Schlitterbahn, said Caleb died on the 17-story Verruckt water slide.
The family's pastor issued a statement Sunday night on behalf of the family.
'Michele and I want to thank the Olathe and Kansas City, KS communities and all our friends and family for their outpouring of support and compassion as it relates to the sudden loss of our son, Caleb Thomas Schwab.
'Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came in contact with.
'As we try and mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in his Savior, Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day.
'Your continued prayers are welcome and appreciated. We appreciate your understanding of our family's need for privacy during this difficult time of grieving.'