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Howard D. Kyle

January 24, 1923 - March 6, 2017


Howard D. Kyle, 94, passed away on March 6th 2017. Howard was born January 24, 1923 in Forest Grove, Oregon to Austin and Mabel Kyle. He was raised with his sister Helen Adamson.

Howard dedicated 22 years of his life to military service, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He retired as a US Navy Chief in 1962. Following his military service, Howard worked for the State of Oregon for 21 years retiring in 1985.

Howard was a Lifetime Member of Vista Masonic Lodge #215 AF & AM, Salem, OR. He was Initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason on January 25, 1963; Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on March 1, 1963; Raised to the sublime Degree of Master Mason on March 29, 1963, in St. Johns Lodge No. 17 AF & AM in Albany, Oregon.  He was presented his 50 year Membership Award and Jewel by the Grand Master of Oregon on October 1, 2013.  He affiliated with Keizer Lodge No. 219 AF & AM on December 3, 1965, served as JW in 1980, SW in 1981, WM in 1982, and became a Life Member on Nov 5, 1981.  He served as Treasurer for over 15 years.  He became a Vista member with the consolidation of Keizer Lodge in 2001.  He received the Hiram Award on Nov 5, 2002.  He served as Chaplain in 2007 & Marshall in 2008, & served in other stations. He served as District Deputy for the Grand Master of Masons in Oregon in 1991 for MWB Ivan D. Rink, and in 1992 for MWB G. William Oldham. 

He was a member of the Salem Valley Scottish Rite and was Coroneted with the Honor of 33 Degree Mason.   He was a member of Al Kader Shrine, Salem Shrine Club and Shrine Legion of Honor.  He worked tirelessly in support of many of the Masonic philanthropies, members, and organizations such as the Shriners, Scottish Rite, Order of Eastern Star, Job's Daughters, DeMolay, Masonic Low 12 Club, Goose and Gridiron, as well as many other related invitational bodies.  Throughout his Masonic career as a leader, mentor and worker in the "quarries", he was presented with many honors for his distinguished and exemplary service.

Howard enjoyed fishing, watching wresting and NASCAR. He also liked to travel, enjoying a memorable trip to Washington D.C. with his grandson in October 2013.

He is survived by his 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

On Thursday March 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm a public viewing will be held at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service 605 Commercial Street SE Salem, OR 97301.

Memorial Service will be 11:00 am Friday March 17th at the Scottish Rite Center 4090 Commercial Street SE Salem, OR 97301
Howard’s final resting place will be Restlawn Memorial Gardens 201 S Oak Grove Rd Salem, OR 97304.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be directed to the Shriner’s Transportation Fund, c/o Shriners Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, Oregon.

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