Richard “Dick” Kyle (age 88) passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter and son-in-law on January 21st. Dick was born May 11, 1928, to Braz Lee and Alene Kyle in Meridian, Idaho. He left school in the eighth grade to help support his family and worked at any job that would come his way. Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served in Germany and the United States. Following the War, he was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Buchwitz. They had two children, Michael and Kristine. He later married Royce Kyle.
Dick was an iron worker engaged in the construction of bridges and dams in the Western United States. In the early 1970s, he became an owner of Security Steel Buildings which transitioned to Certified Steel Buildings and constructed buildings in Eastern Nevada and Idaho. During this time, he built a summer home in Donnelly, Idaho, where numerous adventures occurred. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Dick was well-known in the construction industry for his innovation, hard work, and persistence. Following retirement from the construction industry, he owned and operated the Regal Beagle Bar in Eagle, Idaho.
During his life, Dick became an avid and daring pilot. He loved to build pontoon boats and houseboats. The “Love Boat” and the “Last Hurrah” were his favorites. He was an accomplished welder, and was famous for his cowboy figurines. Many will testify to using his shop and his willingness to provide help for various projects. Dick was a Mason and a member of the Iron Workers Union in Idaho. He was famous for his quips, blunt opinions, brutal honesty and lack of political correctness.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Braz Lee and Alene Kyle; sisters Della Kyle and Margarite Toll. His survivors include sisters Norma Lee Priel, Joyce Carringer, Barbara Lowry (Don), Bonnie Fredriksen (Melvin), and Frances Kyle; children Michael Kyle and Kristine Ryals (Dan). Dick had five grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 W. Fairview Ave. Boise, ID 83706.
Memorial services will be held from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 63 Hall, 8931 W. Ardene St. Boise, ID 83709.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Boise VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) or the Boise Rescue Mission.