Kyle Matthew Rhodes
Date of Death: May 19, 2011
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Kyle Matthew Rhodes, 28, of West Lafayette, died unexpectedly at 11:49 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011, in a work related accident in Lafayette. He was born Feb. 14, 1983, in Lafayette, to Denny and Gale Budreau Rhodes of West Lafayette. He went to Otterbein Elementary School, Klondike Middle School, graduated from Harrison High School in…

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Johanna Downey left a message on June 2, 2011:
Kyle Rhoades was a charismatic young man; he always had a smile on his face. Kyle made an impression on me as a young man in college. I often bumped into him or a family member and was able to catch up on his life, hear how happy he was to get married and start a family. I am blessed that over the years I have had the opportunity to meet, work with and get to know several members of Kyle&s family. My heart goes out to the whole family but especially: Gale and Denny, Tom and Lynn, Kevin and Judy, Ryan, Melva, and Kyle&s wife and daughter. Kyle will be missed.
John and Maria left a message on May 26, 2011:
Jill,
Words can&t even express how my heart breaks for you and Elizabeth. I am so sorry that you are going through this. Your right this SUCKS!!! Kyle was such a wonderful husband, father, and friend. We shared so many great times with you guys and those times will never be forgotten, especially our family vacation to Alabama. He will be greatly missed for that warm smile and caring heart. I am hoping that time will slowly help to mend your broken heart. Just know that I am here for you now and always. I love you so much Jill... and Elizabeth too!! Maria (and John)
Teresa & Michael Yocum left a message on May 26, 2011:
Linda, Gary, & Jill
We&re thinking of you at this time.
Wishing you comfort and peace.
So sorry for your loss.
Extending our sincere sympathy
and prayers.
Sending a hug.
Friends at Grace,
Mike & Teresa Yocum
Brian Fitzgerald left a message on May 26, 2011:
My prayers are with u all.I have worked at Fairfield for 4 years now and it was an honor and previllage to have known Kyle he was a great guy always going out of his way to help others when he did not have to.Always going the extra step to help when he did not have to thats what made him a great guy and co-worker i did not know him outside of work but at work he always showed kindness to everyone and i will always appreciated and remember that about him.
He will be truly missed at work he was such a great person and i cant say enough he always waved at u and and had a smile and told u all the time u were doing a great job.

As a Husband and a Father i cant tell u how sorry i am for your lose and my Prayers and thoughts are with u always.

Fitzgerald Family
Kenny Sanders left a message on May 25, 2011:
Denny, I am so sorry to hear about Kyle. I can&t begin to imagine the pain you are going through. I am out of state at this time but wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you and your family. My prayers are with you all.
Sincerely,
Kenny Sanders
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Emily (McCallister) Arth left a message on May 25, 2011:
Jill,
I&m sorry that I couldnt get away from work down here in Bloomington to be with you and your family & friends today. But I wanted you to know I took a moment in my office today and stopped and prayed for you and Elizabeth. I have been thinking of you since my mom called me from BC last week to tell me what a terrible loss you have suffered. I am so sorry.
Sincerely,
Emily
Stu and Mary Grell left a message on May 25, 2011:
It was a sad day that I learned of a bad accident at Fairfield. I used to work there before I took a job at Lillly so I constantly knew of the dangers that all of us workers faced over the years.
And then to find out it was a friends family member really sucks.
My sympathy to all of you guys.
Stu
Richard and Kay Widdows left a message on May 24, 2011:
Jill, our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family at this awful tragedy.
Judy Butz left a message on May 24, 2011:
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Judy Butz
Michelle Hadley left a message on May 24, 2011:
Jill,

Although we have never met, I worked with your husband for several years at Fairfield and considered him a friend and joy to work with. Kyle could always be counted to make everyone smile and was continually joking around to help make the work day seem so much more enjoyable. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I know how this loss has devastated our work family, and can&t begin to imagine how this is impacting you and your entire family. Please accept my prayers and condolences and know that we are here to offer help and comfort in any way that we can. We loved Kyle, and he will never be forgotten.

with deepest sympathy,

Michelle Hadley
Tina Parker left a message on May 24, 2011:
Dear Gale and Denny,

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

May God hold you in his hands and comfort you.

Blessings,

Tina
Brandi Griffith-Council left a message on May 24, 2011:
My prayers are you with all of you during this time. I didn&t know Kyle very well in high school or after, but may he rest in peace.

Brandi~ HHS 2001
robin markwith left a message on May 24, 2011:
may god be with all of kyles family and friends.he will be greatly misses.
Kocoa ""Slaybaugh"" Menges left a message on May 24, 2011:
I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Kyle. I have not seen Kyle since high school and I will always remember his charming smile and warm heart. I wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. Nothing I can say will ease the pain. I pray that God has been with you during this tough time and he will continue to stay with you and help find you peace. We will never understand God plans until we are at the Gates of Heaven. What a blessed day that will be. You will be in my thoughts and prayers! Love and God Bless you and your family!
Mike and Kathy Helm left a message on May 24, 2011:
Our thoughts and prayers to your family at this time.
Art & Karen Salvitti left a message on May 24, 2011:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We enjoyed getting to know Kyle through our son Tim.
Ellen left a message on May 23, 2011:
My thought and prayers to everyone in Kyles life...especially to his wife and daughter. My heart breaks.
John Frysinger left a message on May 23, 2011:
I am sorry and send my condolences. Kyle will always be remember and I cherish the time I got to spend with him while he worked at Patriot Engineering. Many of the other co-workers here that worked with him send their prayers. Kyle will be missed but he lives on in the minds of others he impressed with personality, talent and moral. My thoughts and prayers are with the Rhodes family.
Vida Hoyer left a message on May 23, 2011:
It has been years since I&ve seen Kyle but I remember him during his Otterbein Baseball years. I remember him as being kind, respectful and a heck of a ball player. Those were fun days that will be treasured. I was shocked to hear this news and my thoughts have been with Rhodes family and the Bennett family for days now. Please know that you are in my prayers as you face the tragedy together. My you all find peace and solace in our loving savior&s arms.
Shane & Sara Gretencord left a message on May 23, 2011:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Julie Hendon left a message on May 23, 2011:
Dear Jill and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget the first time I met Kyle and Jill for your family photo session. The love of your sweet family was so apparent. I will always remember Kyle with a smile on his face and the caring touch he gave to Elizabeth and Jill. You have made a big impression on my life and I am grateful for having the chance to get to know you. I am here and will continue to be for anything you need.
Blessings and Peace,
Julie
Jordan Slipher left a message on May 23, 2011:
I did not get the chance to spend a lot of time with Kyle, but from the time I did spend with him he made a big impact on my life.

I met Kyle about 2.5 years ago when I was dating Jill&s cousin Holly. After I met Kyle for the first time, we discovered that we were in the same fraternity at Purdue together. Kyle was 2 years older than me. So most likely he was moving out of the house the same semester that I was moving in.

The most time that I got to spend with Kyle was at a wedding up in Lansing, MI with the entire Bennett family. I felt extremely comfortable when talking with Kyle and he always made me feel welcome.

In college we may have been considered ""brothers"". For the short time that I got to know Kyle he made a big impact in my life and I will always remember him for that. I considered Kyle a &long lost brother&.

I only got to spend a limited amount of time with Kyle, but he made such a large impact in my life that the news of him leaving us devastated me.

I am very sorry for your loss. He did not deserve to go this early in his life. I will miss Kyle greatly.
Melanie Ulrich left a message on May 23, 2011:
Dearest Jill & Elizabeth (and family).... There are no words to express how sorry we were to hear about the loss of Kyle. Although we didn&t know him personally, we do know what great friends you both are to Maria (my sister) and John. I know your trip to the Gulf Shores last year is a treasured memory and was a gift. Kyle&s legacy and memories will live on not only in your hearts but also in Elizabeth...your precious daughter. While his time with you was cut short...celebrate the wonderful man, husband, father, son and friend he was and know that you will have a ""special angel"" watching over you all! Love to you Jill....The Ulrich&s (Michael, Melanie, Morgan & Macey)
Lindsey Hudson Howell left a message on May 23, 2011:
I have so many fun memories of Kyle from High School. What a beautiful and funny guy. My heart is breaking for his family, especially his daughter. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. God bless and may you somehow find peace.
Beth Burnett left a message on May 23, 2011:
My sincere condolences to your entire family. As a long-time client of Lynn&s, I&ve heard stories and anecdotes about Kyle for many years and feel like I knew him and the whole family. There is no question that he was a beloved child and nephew. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
amber left a message on May 23, 2011:
my thoughts and prayers goes to all the family and friends of kyle. i went to high school and graduated with kyle he was a great guy. may the lord give you all the stregnth to carry on from here and cherish the wonderful memories.

many thoughts and prayers through these tough days and forward from here

im very sorry for your loss
amber laughter
Sherri Hinton left a message on May 23, 2011:
To The Family of Kyle Rhodes,My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.I worked with Kyle at times and want you to know he was a fine upstanding young man and was a joy to work with.He will be missed by all who knew him.His wife and daughter were the center of his life he could spend so much time telling me of them and how great and beautiful they were he was a very proud husband and father.Again my thoughts and prayers go with you in this time of sorrow. Sherri Hinton
Rick and Lisa Michael & Family left a message on May 22, 2011:
Dear Jill and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of Kyle. Words cannot express our heartfelt sorrow for you, your daughter, and Kyle&s family. We did not have the pleasure of ever meeting Kyle, but I felt as if I knew him through Maria and John&s stories of love and friendship your two families shared over the years. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Much Love,
Rick and Lisa Michael & Family
(Maria Whitaker&s sister)
Tami L. Carden left a message on May 22, 2011:
I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I did not know Kyle personally, but I grew up in Boswell, so I remember his father and grandmother very well. I am an employee at Fairfield, but I
work third shift so I was not aquainted with him. We are all very saddened about this terrible tragedy and I know he will be missed. May God comfort all of you.
Bobbi Holmes left a message on May 22, 2011:
My thoughts and prayers are with Kyle&s family and friends. The Rhodes family lived down the street from us in Otterbein and my children were Kyle&s classmate. May GOD lift and comfort you all during this time, I ask him put his loving arms around Kyle&s wife Jill and daughter and help them heal. Keep the memories alive in your hearts as they will always bring you comfort. GOD BLESS
~Bobbi Holmes~
Chasity Usher left a message on May 22, 2011:
My prayers go out the Kyle&s family. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Kyle as he was friends with my brother Chad Usher. They played baseball together at Otterbein, and both ended up graduating from Harrison in 2001. He will be missed!
Katie Narsinghani (williams) left a message on May 22, 2011:
Jill you and your daughter are in our prayers.
Mary G. Oester left a message on May 22, 2011:
Dear Jill:

I am so sorry to hear about Kyle&s death. I am praying for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My deep condolences for your loss.

Mary Oester
Tom & Marylin Hall left a message on May 22, 2011:
Jill & Elizabeth,
There are no words that we can express to ease your pain. We haven&t stopped thinking of you and Kyle&s family ever since we heard the news of this tragic accident.
Kyle was such a terrific person! I&ve heard so many fun stories of your vacation last year with the Whitaker&s. I&m so glad you guys got to spend that time together. Cherish the memories and know that you have a special angel in heaven that is watching over you always.
You and Kyle&s family are in our thoughts and prayers. Know that God is with you and will help get you through. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Love and prayers, Tom & Marylin Hall
Ashley Holder-Crow left a message on May 22, 2011:
Jill and Family-

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Kyle will be deeply missed.


With Deepest Sympathy,
Ashley Holder-Crow
Greg Stewart left a message on May 22, 2011:
Denny, Gale and Jill,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. With deepest sympathies.

Greg and Amy Stewart
Kerstin Neilson James left a message on May 22, 2011:
I was in Kyle&s 5th grade class at Klondike and also knew him a HHS. I just wanted to send my true condolences to his wife, baby and family. The one thing I remember about Kyle was that he was always very genuine. He was very polite and I always remember him saying ""ladies first"" when we went somewhere as a class. I also remember once in the 5th grade, Kyle&s mom came to our class for some reason. After she had left, someone said ""Kyle, your mom is so pretty!"" Kyle said ""I know, she is so beautiful. She&s my mom"" And that always stuck with me. It was so clear in that moment how much love was in his life. I live in Utah now and am unable to attend services. Please know how much your family is in my prayers at this difficult time.

Love and Prayers,
Kerstin
Mike and Helen Probasco left a message on May 22, 2011:
Denny and Gail, words can not express our sorrow in the loss of Kyle. May our Lord&s Healing Arms reach all your hearts and hold you through this terrible time of pain and sorrow.
Courtney Hodges left a message on May 22, 2011:
Kyle was so loved by and will be missed by his Fairfield family. It was such a joy and privilege to have known and worked with him. My deepest condolences to his wife, daughter, and family members. I am praying for God&s perfect peace in your hearts at this time.

Sincerely and with greatest sympathy,
Courtney Hodges (coworker from Fairfield)
Tommy & Nicole Hall left a message on May 22, 2011:
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Sincerely,
Tommy (Maria Whitaker&s brother) & Nicole Hall
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Dave Packard left a message on May 22, 2011:
Gale, I pray that God keeps and comforts you and your family. You are all in my family&s thoughts and prayers. God bless.
Gregg and Vicky Holt left a message on May 21, 2011:
Denny and Gail,

We are so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Josie Galloway left a message on May 20, 2011:
Jill-

You are are in my thoughts and prayers.

Josie
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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