Robert Samuel Kyle


April 2, 1923 ~ June 5, 2010

Robert Samuel Kyle passed away June 5, 2010 at the home of Karleen and Lupe Benavides in Dayton, WA, at the age of 87. Bob was born April 2, 1923 just north of Darby, MT on the family farm. He served in Germany during WWII as an Army medic and received a BA in Biblical Languages at Walla Walla College in 1951. He graduated in 1955 from Loma Linda University as a Physical Therapist. Bob married Darleene Sanders in June 1958 and continued to teach in the PT dept of his alma mater for several years. Bob and Darleene had 7 children: Kendall, Kimball, Kari, Kamila, Kathleen, Crandall & Karleen.

Bob remained active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout his life and also loved gardening, photography, music, helping others and volunteering for hospice and the museum in Hamilton, MT where he enjoyed being involved preserving the Bitterroot Valley's history.

Bob's friends and family may pay their respects from 1-5 pm on Saturday, June 12 at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am in the Chapel of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in College Place on Sunday, June 13. Pastor Leland Hawes of the Dayton SDA church will be officiating. Contributions can be made in honor of Bob to The Hope Channel through the funeral home.

A graveside service will be held for Bob at the Kyle reunion planned for August of this year, where his ashes will be buried in the Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby, MT.

Bob Kyle's rest in Jesus leaves to mourn his 6 children and their families - Kendall (wife, Lori, & 3 children - Craig, Katie & Kristina) of Dixie, WA; Kari (husband, Roger, & 2 girls - Moriah & Sierra) of Bailey, CO; Kami (& sweetheart, Jerry) of Port Orchard, WA; Kathi (husband, Dan, & 3 boys - Crandall, Hans & Ethan) of College Place, WA; Crandall (& sweetheart, Christen) of Walla Walla, WA; and Karleen (husband, Lupe, & son, Bobby) of Dayton, WA.

He is also survived by 2 brothers: Jim Kyle of Hamilton, MT; Bill Kyle of Darby, MT; and 2 sisters: Bonny Eichner of College Place, WA; and June Iseminger of Damascus, OR. He also has 16 nieces and nephews.

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