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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 ONeil, 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 ONeil family of which he was a very real member. He called Mary Ann ONeil Nelson (Dean) Mom. Darlenes brothers and sisters, Maureen ONeil Farris (Tony), Sean ONeil, 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 Skips 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 Skips 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.