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YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a memorial service for Kyle “Skip” Kyle at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm St., in Youngstown. Skip died Sunday, surrounded by many family members and friends.

Kyle was born on July 22, 1959, in Youngstown, a son of Richard and Murial Lee Bobo Kyle and raised with a brother, Richard “Buzz” Kyle (Dorothy) and sisters Martha “Cookie” Edward (J.P.) and Robin “Candy” Vacaar (Carl) on the north side of Youngstown.

His parents preceded him in death.

He graduated from The Rayen School in 1977.

He married his beloved wife, Darlene O’Neil, also of Youngstown on June 25, 1994. During their nearly 17 blissful years of marriage, Skip wrote Darlene daily love notes before work which she will cherish always.

Skip will be greatly missed by the O’Neil family of which he was a very real member. He called Mary Ann O’Neil Nelson (Dean) “Mom.” Darlene’s brothers and sisters, Maureen O’Neil Farris (Tony), Sean O’Neil, who served as the best man at his wedding, Mary Ann Thompson, Thomas Thompson (Cathy), Kelly Walker (Kevin) and Jackie Willis (Darrell) of Frisco, N.C., whom he visited regularly for family fun at the beach, were all very close to him.

Many of Skip’s nieces and nephews had special names for him including Kip, Kippy, Bitty and Sippy. Nicci, Tom, Robert, Donny, Kayla, Thomas and John, all knew him as Uncle, and they will never forget the Easter egg hunts that he hosted or the times he dressed as Santa Claus for the family Christmas party. He was also a wonderful great-uncle to Ryan, Jared, Dylan and Violet, as well as the godfather of Jessca Holbrook and Joe Patterson.

Skip loved gardening, cooking and ocean fishing. He planned many vacations for the family and was known for his ability to create fun experiences. Although Skip’s generosity was apparent everyday, one example was when he grew his curly blond hair long in order to donate it to Locks of Love.

He will be missed by his dog, Nay-Nay, with whom he spent many hours walking with through Mill Creek Park. But more than any activity, Skip loved planning camping trips to enjoy nature and photography with his wife, Darlene.

Due to the support of Nancy Montagna the family would like to ask that in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to the Help Hotline Recovery Project, P.O. Box 46, Youngstown, OH 44501.

Arrangement are by the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home.

Guestbook Entries

“Darlene, My love and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It is obvious that Skip was loving and loved. May this bring you peace as you remember him for all time. Karen”

 » Karen Pope on January 7, 2011

“I will always remember your smile and laugh - they will always bring the same to my heart. Rest in peace cousin - you have earned it.”

 » David Bobo & Family on January 7, 2011

“Sincerest condolences to the family and my co-worker and Kyle's mother-in-law Mary Ann O'Neill.”

 » Goldia McCall on January 7, 2011


“Skip you were a great joy to know. I will never forget singing at Moe's house and having loads of fun with all of you! Love, Karen”

 » Karen Thomas on January 7, 2011


“I find peace and comfort in knowing that you are free of pain and reunited with Grandma and Grandpa. Thanks for being a great uncle! Love you always! Tricia”

 » Tricia on January 7, 2011


“Skip rest in peace! was a pleasure knowing ya we had some fun times together you will be missed by many”

 » Anthony (Bubba) Thomas on January 7, 2011

“My memory of Skip 12 yrs ago when I met him..sending me out the door with homemade bean soup..spilling on my lap in the car...still talk about it! Darlene, may you find comfort in so many memories you have with Skip. ”

 » Deb Franks on January 7, 2011

“Skip, We love you so much, it's hard to let you go. We pray for you & each other, but remember the good times so well. See you again friend.”

 » Jackie & John O'Neil  on January 7, 2011

sister in law

“Skip, We will always remember our time together here in OBX. What grand memories they are. Thank you for being there for John, he misses you so much. Hugs~Jackie & Jack”

 » Jackie O'Neil on January 8, 2011

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