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Kenneth M. ''Red'' KyleKenneth M. "Red" Kyle, 97, of Butler, PA passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Red was born on Sept. 10, 1921 in Whitaker, PA to Rosco and Ella (Lambus) Kyle.
Red was a member of the United States Army during WWII. He served in both theaters of the war with the 462nd Amphibian Truck Company as a T/5. Red participated in the D-Day invasion driving a DUCK to ferry ammunition and supplies to the fighting units on the beach.
Before becoming a sole small business owner Red worked with his wife and mother-in-law operating a beer distributor and grocery store. He then purchased an old hotel in Emlenton, turning the first floor into Kyle's Bar & Grill and the top floor into Kyle's boarding house. After selling the business he worked as a chief acid operator at Witco Chemical Corporation until his retirement. Red and his wife, Mary, also owned several rental properties.
He was a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Meredian. Red was also a member of VFW Post 7073, Parker, PA and American Legion Post 778, Lyndora, PA.
Red's memory will be cherished by his daughter, Tina Marie Bodkin and her husband, Thomas of Butler; one grandson, Kyle Mason Bodkin and wife, Kara (Hoover) of San Antonio, TX; and three great-grandchildren, Aribella, Kale, and Kallen Bodkin. He will also be greatly missed by the many nieces and nephews whose lives he touched over the years.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved and beautiful wife, Mary J. (Sindone) Kyle, who passed away on Nov. 21, 2001; a brother, James Kyle; two sisters, Hilda Eakin and Fern Bell; one half brother, Earl Wogan and two half sisters, Viola Johns and Mildred Gabauer; his mother-in-law Esther Sindone, and his sisters-in-law Lena Mattace, Pearl Booher, Josephine Collins, and Frances Sheakley, his brother-in-law, Dominick Sindone and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 1-4 and 6-9 PM on Tuesday, July, 2, 2019 at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home, Inc., 102 Argyle Street, Petrolia, PA.
Additional visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of funeral mass at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 409 North Main Street, Chicora, PA with the Rev. Matt McClain as celebrant.
Following the mass, military funeral honors will be presented by the American Legion of Chicora, East Brady and Brady's Bend at the Bear Creek Cemetery.
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