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Obituary: Maurice Leroy Kyle, Franklin

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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 married Susan Carter on July 15, 1956, in Edinburgh.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and owned Kyle Machine and Tool Inc. in Amity for 36 years.

A huge antique car enthusiast, Maurice was founder of the White River Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America and a member of the Central Indiana Chapter of the Buick Club of America. He enjoyed chauffeuring brides and grooms on their wedding day, being in parades and even driving his antique cars on the Indy 500 track.

He loved America and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. 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 raised rabbits to help feed families. He also enjoyed being a farmer for over 49years. He enjoyed helping people, never knowing a stranger.

Maurice was a quiet man with a huge heart! He was a member of Old Union Christian Church.

Survivors include Susan Kyle, his wife of 57 years; 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 and nephews and 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, May 25, 2014, at Friendship Baptist Church, 1600 Westview Drive, Franklin, IN 46131. 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 the arrangements.

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