In memory of
James T. Kyle
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In memory of
James T. Kyle
James T. Kyle, 81, died August 11, 2019 at his home in Cathedral City. He leaves his husband Mark Leggett; brothers Joseph and John (Peter Satten); sons Christopher (Karen), Benjamin (Sarah), and Joshua; stepchildren Nicholas Leggett (Emily Crone) and Katherine Leggett (Georg Seelig); nephew Alexander Kyle (Deborah); grandchildren William Kyle, Margaret Kyle, Josh Kyle, Duncan Kyle, Angus Kyle, Malcolm Kyle, Felix Leggett, Camille Seelig, and Claire Seelig; and grandnieces Anna Kyle and Erin Kyle. James was born October 17, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second son of John and Mildred (Johnson) Kyle. After graduating from Walnut Hills High School in 1955, he attended Kenyon College, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and earned a degree in economics in 1959. He then moved on to Indiana University, where he completed an MBA in 1961. In 1963 he took a job teaching economics at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where he became an associate professor and served for many years as department chair. He retired in 2000. In 1985 he met Mark Leggett at a support group for gay fathers in Indianapolis and they soon formed a committed relationship. After Mark's retirement in 2003, they moved to Sarasota, FL and then to Palm Springs in 2009. James was active in progressive causes, especially civil rights and poverty, and volunteered at the Coachella Valley Preserve, several area theaters, at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert (Episcopal). It was there that he and Mark were married on November 16, 2013, an event long in coming that was celebrated by the entire family. James was a knowledgeable cook renowned for his multi-course dinner parties, a superb bridge player, an avid world traveler, and a game companion during Mark's beloved birding expeditions. He believed in and lived the volunteer spirit and was generous in giving to various charities. Chief among them was Kenyon College, his alma mater, which he kept close to his heart throughout his life. One of his happiest moments was watching his grandson William graduate with Kenyon's class of 2017. A memorial service celebrating the life of James Kyle will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1pm at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert in Palm Springs (Episcopal). Reception to follow in the parish hall. The dress code is CASUAL. Please. It will be hot… In honor of James's commitment to Kenyon, the family suggests that those wishing to make a memorial gift make a donation in his name to the college's John K. and Mildred L. Kyle Scholarship Fund, c/o Kenyon College, Gambier OH 43022. Finally, the family would like to express its deep gratitude to Rey and Esmeralda of Family Hospice Care and Raquel of Always Best Care for their devoted service to James during the last months of his life.
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In memory of
James T. Kyle
James T. Kyle, 81, died August 11, 2019 at his home in Cathedral City. He leaves his husband Mark Leggett; brothers Joseph and John (Peter Satten); sons Christopher (Karen), Benjamin (Sarah), and Joshua; stepchildren Nicholas Leggett (Emily Crone) and Katherine Leggett (Georg Seelig); nephew Alexander Kyle (Deborah); grandchildren William Kyle, Margaret Kyle, Josh Kyle, Duncan Kyle, Angus Kyle, Malcolm Kyle, Felix Leggett, Camille Seelig, and Claire Seelig; and grandnieces Anna Kyle and Erin Kyle. James was born October 17, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second son of John and Mildred (Johnson) Kyle. After graduating from Walnut Hills High School in 1955, he attended Kenyon College, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and earned a degree in economics in 1959. He then moved on to Indiana University, where he completed an MBA in 1961. In 1963 he took a job teaching economics at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where he became an associate professor and served for many years as department chair. He retired in 2000. In 1985 he met Mark Leggett at a support group for gay fathers in Indianapolis and they soon formed a committed relationship. After Mark's retirement in 2003, they moved to Sarasota, FL and then to Palm Springs in 2009. James was active in progressive causes, especially civil rights and poverty, and volunteered at the Coachella Valley Preserve, several area theaters, at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert (Episcopal). It was there that he and Mark were married on November 16, 2013, an event long in coming that was celebrated by the entire family. James was a knowledgeable cook renowned for his multi-course dinner parties, a superb bridge player, an avid world traveler, and a game companion during Mark's beloved birding expeditions. He believed in and lived the volunteer spirit and was generous in giving to various charities. Chief among them was Kenyon College, his alma mater, which he kept close to his heart throughout his life. One of his happiest moments was watching his grandson William graduate with Kenyon's class of 2017. A memorial service celebrating the life of James Kyle will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1pm at the Church of St. Paul in the Desert in Palm Springs (Episcopal). Reception to follow in the parish hall. The dress code is CASUAL. Please. It will be hot… In honor of James's commitment to Kenyon, the family suggests that those wishing to make a memorial gift make a donation in his name to the college's John K. and Mildred L. Kyle Scholarship Fund, c/o Kenyon College, Gambier OH 43022. Finally, the family would like to express its deep gratitude to Rey and Esmeralda of Family Hospice Care and Raquel of Always Best Care for their devoted service to James during the last months of his life.
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