Kenneth Ward Kyle was born in Gold Beach, Oregon on June 26, 1959; he passed away tragically on November 5, 2013. Kenny attended school in Eureka at South Bay Elementary, Jacobs Junior High and Eureka high schools. He also attended College of the Redwoods and was a mainstay on the 1978-79 Corsairs football team playing offensive guard Kenny lived in Eureka and surrounding areas for most of his life including Hoopa Indian Reservation from 1980-1990 and a small stay in Gold Beach, Oregon with his grandparents, Leslie and Hazel Kyle working in the restaurant industry. Kenny also followed in his dad's footsteps racing hydroplanes and belonging to the Cal-Ore Boat Racing Association. Kenny was smallish in physical stature but larger than life in heart and fighting tenacity. Kenny maintained a rigorous self-developed physical fitness regime, he tested his mental and physical endurance by performing river crossings in swift dangerous waters and swam in Humboldt Bay daily until stopped by a shoulder injury. Kenny was quite the outdoorsman and spent many a day and night in some of the most remote areas in Humboldt and Curry counties; he loved Mother Earth. Kenny had a special way to communicate and never had a harsh word or negative comment in the 52 years I knew him. Kenny was keenly interested in his tribal heritage and had spent many long hours discussing and recording historical information with his great grandmother Matilda Marshall and Maggie Hostler.
More recently Kenny was known as the "Recycling Guru" of the greater Eureka area and touched and impressed many lives. Kenny's one-of-a-kind blue Nissan recycle truck was a fixture in the Eureka-Arcata area for the past 15 years and he was referred to by customers and the recycle community as "the hardest working man in Humboldt County" He served 100 businesses and normally worked 12-15 hours a day. Kenny was the recipient of the Humboldt County Waste Reduction Award for the "Best Individual Waste Reduction Effort." In 2005, Humboldt State University filmed the video "Mercy Me" http://mercymeproductions.com/
about Kenny that was entered in the Humboldt Film Festival. The students went on to establish their own film business called Mercy Me Productions, after one of Kenny's favorite exclamations as he worked at those 100 businesses every day. Kenny was a "hero." Kenny also was caretaker for his ailing mother for the last several years and cherished that role dearly. After regaining her health from a serious illness this past year, Kenny's mom would frequently get up at 3am to go with him on his recycling route, they could often be seen around town in the blue Nissan recycle truck. Kenny took the passing of his mom especially hard and could not overcome that heartache. Kenny is already and will be greatly missed by many. We love you brother. A quote by my dearly missed mom she gave us growing up reads: "The battles in life don't always go to the bigger, stronger man but sometimes to the man who thinks he can."
Kenny was kind, honest….simply a good human being who lived his life with respect and consideration for others always. Kenny's family already misses him; we know he will be missed by his recycle friends and customers as well.
Kenny is survived by his father Delmer Kyle; brother Timothy Kyle (Karen), his nieces Natasha Kyle(baby Michael) and Faith Kyle, his nieces Deshonia and Chwa:kin, aunts and uncles: Ramona and Larry Pelletier of Eugene, Oregon, Richard Kyle of Gold Beach, Oregon. Michael Melendy (Darline), Deirdre Young (Geno), Kathleen Carpenter, Mary Britton (Roger), Patrick Melendy (Andrea), Rochelle Encinas, Jamie Melendy, Laura Maloney, Lizabeth, Kevin (Sugar), Wanda, Brenda (Jim) and "Fidigoss" (Gloria) Latham. Great-aunt, Mary Dawn Cunningham of Eureka. Kenny was preceded in death by his mother Sandra Kyle, brother Michael Kyle, his uncles Don Kyle, Timothy K. Melendy and Rob Roy Latham Sr., he was the grandson and great-grandson of Edward and Matilda Marshall, Mary Ross Melendy of Eureka, Lester Sr., and Norene Latham of Hoopa and Ward Tinker Melendy of Salem, Oregon, Leslie and Hazel Kyle of Gold Beach, Oregon. He is survived by many cousins and extended family in Hoopa, Eureka and Oregon.
Special thanks to the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the businesses and recycling community of Humboldt County, "Injun Bill" and all who have called, visited and extended a helping hand during this difficult time.
A potluck memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1:00pm at the Tsewenaldin Inn conference room in Hoopa, CA.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you make a small donation in Kenny's memory to your local recycling center.