John Emery Kyle Obituary

John Emery Kyle

John Emery Kyle of Monroe went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 24, 2020. John was born in San Diego, California on July 7, 1926. John served his country during World War II, joining the U.S. Navy the day after his high school graduation in 1944. After training in Hawaii, he sailed to Iwo Jima where he landed on the third day of the invasion, February 21, 1945. Following the surrender of Iwo Jima, he was selected from his division to return to the United States for officer training at Oregon State. It was there that he met his wife, Lois Ellen Rowland. They were married June 8, 1947. Following graduation from Oregon State University in 1950 John worked as a produce buyer and executive for the Safeway Stores Inc. When John and Lois were thirty-three years old, they began working with different Christian ministries. John graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA in 1961 and spent the next three years in Hazard, Kentucky as the pastor of the Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church. While in Hazard, John and Lois felt the Lord’s call to missionary service and in 1965, sailed with their 4 children to Manila, Philippines to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. In 1972 they returned to the United States and in 1973 John became the first coordinator of Mission to the World with the newly formed Presbyterian Church in America; 1973-1977 and 1988-1994. In 1979 John and Lois moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he served as a Vice President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and as the Missions Director; conducting several Urbana Mission Conventions. He served as an ambassador of world missions as the Senior Vice President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Missions Agencies, 1994-2005. During his retirement John continued his focus on world evangelization with the Senior Leadership Exchange and sat on various boards, including Transform World Connections and Proclaim Hope! Throughout his years of service John touched many lives as a strong voice for world missions. John and Lois were residents of Monroe, North Carolina since 2002 where they were faithful members of Church of the Redeemer. John’s love for the Lord and his passion and love for the peoples of the world was the defining characteristic of his life. John was proceeded in death by his parents, John and Agnes Kyle, his sister, Irene Mae Stockton, and his beloved wife of 73 years, Lois Rowland Kyle (June 20, 2020). John is survived by his four children: Arlette Kyle (Ian) McGrigg of Waxhaw, NC; Jayson (Maureen) Kyle of Franklin, TN; Marcus (Beth) Kyle of Gainesville, GA; and Darlene Kyle (David) Navis of Georgetown, Cayman Islands. He and Lois were blessed with ten grandchildren: Jonathan McGrigg, Miriam McGrigg (William) Crespo, Jennifer Kyle Walsh, Amy Kyle (Keith) Case, Jeffrey (Mary Elizabeth) Kyle, Ashley Kyle (Mike) Troxell, Christopher (Tania) Kyle, Andrew Kyle, Kyle (Kirsten) Navis, Nanda Navis (Brian) Freeman and thirteen beloved great-grandchildren: Atalee and Gianna Crespo; Riley, Cara and Anna Walsh; Harper, Kaila, Maddie, Lily and Watson Case; John David Kyle; Dixi Troxell; and Vigo Navis. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Church of the Redeemer, 1001 Redeemer Way, Indian Trail, NC 28079. In light of the current restrictions due to CoVid19 social distancing will be practiced and face masks will be required. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators P. O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862. Interment will be at Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC at a later date. Online Condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory, 1904 Lancaster Ave, Monroe, NC 28112 is caring for the Kyle Family.
July 7, 1926 - September 24, 202007/07/192609/24/2020
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Doug Birdsall
October 30
John Kyle was one of the most passionate and persuasive advocates for world missions that I have ever known. I have many memories of hearing him speak and seeing him in prominent leadership roles - particularly as he led the Urbana Student Mission Conferences. I admire... Continue Reading
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Galen Carey
October 8
Special condolences to my friend and FA classmate Marc, and to the whole family. We thank God for your dad's long life of faithful service. You are in our prayers. Galen Carey
Frank Gorsline
October 5
Heart was posted for John Emery Kyle.
Sherry Nance Territo
September 28
I'm extremely sad for your loss. Our church (Lee Park Baptist) was able to visit Brookdale for a few years to play Bingo with the residents. And Mr. and Mrs. Kyle were so lovely and so cute together. They left an impression on me that I'll never forget. Prayers for y... Continue Reading
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Maureen and Jayson Kyle
October 1
Thank you so much, Sherry, for your kind remarks. It is always nice to hear from those who knew them in their last years. Thank you for your prayers.
Paul Poynor
September 26
We give thanks to God for a missionary statesman and mentor John Kyle. Alice and Paul Poynor
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Maureen and Jayson Kyle
October 1
Thank you, Paul and Alice. It is lovely to hear from you.
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Sue and John Burch
September 26
Dear Kyle friends, As I shared with Jeff, John and also Lois were so instrumental in helping me confirm the call to serve in missions. I so appreciated his wise words and input during days of assessment and decision making. Thankful to for the leadership he gave to MTW... Continue Reading
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Maureen and Jayson Kyle
October 1
Thank you, Sue and John. We appreciate hearing how Mom and Dad were used by the Lord for the Kingdom. Thank you for your prayers.
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Roger Paules
September 26
I was very active in IVCF and attended the Urbana Conference in 1976. In 2010, IVCF HQ contacted me and asked me to interview John for their archives. We did that in four sessions and I have that audio file. If his children wish to have a copy they can contact Christ ... Continue Reading
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Maureen and Jayson Kyle
October 1
Thank you, Roger. Yes, Jay and I would love to have a copy of this interview. Thank you for making this available. I will contact you through the church.
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Nancy Marcello
September 26
I met John and Lois at Brookdale Monroe Square several years ago when our church had monthly hymn sings there. Their love for the LORD and people was strongly evident, and I am sure they were a tremendous blessing to those they lived among. May the LORD comfort you in th... Continue Reading
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Maureen and Jayson Kyle
October 1
Thank you, Nancy, for your kind words of encouragement. We love hearing how Mom and Dad touched people in their last years at Brookdale.
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Andy White
September 26
Marc and Beth, and the family, Kay and I add to so many our love, condolences, and prayers for you. John Kyle was a gracious warrior for the Kingdom, and brought so many under the sound of the Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord. Kept safe for our grand ... Continue Reading
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Maureen and Jayson Kyle
October 1
Thank you, Andy and Kay, for your very kind words of encouragement.
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Fanklin & Theresa Tseng
September 25
Legend of a faithful man,who faithfully serve the country, led a faithful family, live a faithful life.
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