STOECKLI, Kyle Pascal, born March 18, 1992, passed away on June 1, 2013. Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost one shines down on us to let us know they are with us. The heavens have opened with the loss of our loved one Kyle Stoeckli. SPC. Stoeckli was a graduate of Cosby High School, Midlothian, Va. He worked at Panera Bread putting in 40-plus hours while at Cosby. Kyle enlisted in the United States Army, where he received 11 honors including: The Bronze Star, The Purple Heart, The Army Good Conduct Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Afghan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, The Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, The NATO Medal, The Expert Infantryman Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge. At the time of his death he was serving with the Third Platoon, Centurion Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regimen Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Maiwand, Afghanistan. He was an assistant gunner and vehicle commander. Before leaving for Afghanistan, he had been stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Kyle is survived by his loving parents, Bruno and Sonja Stoeckli; sister, Stephanie Stoeckli; godmother, Lizbeth Burri of Schenkon, Switzerland; godfather, Daniel Roeoesli of Rotenburg Switzerland; grandmother, Alice Stoeckli of Buttishole, Switzerland; aunts and uncles, Werner, Thomas, Peter, Priska and Brigitte, all of Switzerland; and special friends, Becca Reading, Neil Murphy, James Shadbolt and Michael Kilroy, all of Midlothian. Kyle's celebration of life will begin on Wednesday, June 12, at Bennett Funeral Home at 14301 Ashbrook Pkwy., Chesterfield, Va., where his family and friends will receive visitors from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. It will continue with a memorial service on Thursday, June 13, at 4 p.m. at St. Gabriel's Church, 8901 Winterpock Rd., Chesterfield, Va., with a reception following at the church afterwards. Kyle's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing may donate to the Kyle Stoeckli Scholarship fund at www.cpefound.org/KylePStoeckli. Kyle was the epitome of the saying, "Live, Laugh, Love." He lived life to the very fullest, enjoying every adventure he created or was created for him. You never saw Kyle without his huge, infectious smile and sincere laugh, and Kyle loved everyone and everyone loved Kyle. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him; however, his light will shine on forever.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.