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Maurice Leroy Kyle

Maurice Leroy Kyle, 83, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Franklin. He was a resident of Franklin.

Maurice was born May 14, 1931, in Bartholomew County to Roy and Hattie (Russell) Kyle. He loved America, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He married Susan Carter on July 15, 1956, in Edinburgh; they were married for 57 years.

He owned Kyle Machine and Tool Inc. in Amity for 36 years.

Maurice was a huge antique car enthusiast. He was the founder of the White River Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. He was a member of the Central Indiana chapter of the Buick Club of America and Old Union Christian Church. He enjoyed chauffeuring brides and grooms on their wedding day and being in parades and even drove his antique cars on the Indy 500 track. He enjoyed spending time with his family, car shows, bowling, riding bikes and picnics.

Maurice was skilled at raising rabbits. During the Depression years and later, he raised rabbits to help feed families. He also enjoyed farming and being a farmer for more than 49 years. He enjoyed helping people, never knowing a stranger. He was a quiet man with a huge heart!

Survivors include his wife, Susan Kyle of Franklin; four children, Kevin Kyle of Edinburgh, Doug (Beth) Kyle and Kelly Sherrill, both of Franklin, and Judy Kyle of Amity; four sisters, Dorthy Ritchison and Carol (Owen) Wilson, both of Westport, and Reba (John) Manion and Mary (Lewis) Tenney, both of Columbus; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Forrest Kyle and Allen Dale Kyle; and three sisters, Margaret Steep, Ruth Whitehorn and Nell Boswell.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church, 1600 Westview Drive, Franklin. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association-Midwest Affiliate: attention, Memorial/Tribute Processing Center, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL. 60674.

Jessen Funeral Home, Franklin Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Information: 346-6155, www.jessenfuneralhome.com

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