John Calvin Kyle, III (69) went to meet his lord and savior, Jesus Christ, on May 18, 2013. He was born to the late John & Lucille Kluttz, in Durham, NC on March 16, 1944. While growing up in Durham he had many interests and participated in activities such as church work, DeMolay, and Boy Scouts where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Durham High School in 1961. He attended Duke University and graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah in 1972 with a BA degree in Economics. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad where he started as a Fireman and worked his way up to Engineer during and immediately after college. He then moved his family to California where he attended night classes at Whittier Law School while continuing to work on the railroad to support his family. He earned his JD degree in 1977 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1978. He practiced family law and criminal law before specializing in bankruptcy. He had offices from Bakersfield to Fresno and later in Modesto and Stockton. He was an active member of Bethel Church in Lodi and participated in events with the men's group and hosted the Tuesday night men's prayer. He spent much time studying the Bible and took advanced courses through INSTE Bible College. John is survived by his wife, Janice Kyle, and 7 children John C Kyle, IV (Heather) of Sacramento, CA; Katherine Smithy (Cole) of New York, NY; Paul Kyle of Fillmore, CA; Barry Kyle of Nevada City, CA; Laura Walls (Tom) of Fillmore, CA; Jefferson Kyle of Salt Lake City, UT; Amanda Kyle (Chris) of Santa Barbara, CA; step-children Amanda Thornton (Jess) of Stockton, CA; and Daniel Bennett of Lodi, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Hobgood (Burke) of Durham, NC; 2 ex-wives Carol Sellers-Herbert (Jim) of Fillmore, CA; and Kathie Morris-O'Niel (Tom) of Santa Ynez, CA; and 9 grandchildren: Aiyana, Leina, Sarah, Bowen, Hazel, Griffin, Anna, Orion, and India. He was the patriarch of a large family that included his children, their spouses, both of his ex-wives and their current husbands, his current wife and her children. They are amazing group who are very close and love and care for each other deeply. The entire family makes it a priority to get together for a family gathering each summer and Christmas. He loved to watch all sports especially the Atlanta Braves and Duke basketball. His children inherited his love of sports and they would gather together to watch games. For many years he was a part of a fantasy foot ball league along with many of his children, grandchildren, his wife and ex-wife. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren and always spoke of each of them with pride and love ringing in his voice. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 pm at Bethel Church located at 760 N. Ham Lane, Lodi, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethel Church or Boy Scout Troop 145, 1240 Victoria Avenue, Stockton, CA 95203. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 23 to May 30, 2013
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