Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kyle Otto McGehee

Kyle Otto McGehee went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Oct. 15, 2008 following a trucking accident on Oct. 13, being a Good Samaritan by helping a truck driver.

Kyle was born on Jan. 7, 1943, in Greenfield, Calif., to Otto and Ida McGehee. He joined his two older sisters who happily welcomed their little baby-doll brother. As a fun-filled little boy, he was a delight to be around and always the center of attention.

When he was 7 years old, his family moved to Idaho and Kyle grew up in the farming community of Howe, in the Little Lost River Valley. He helped his father in their farming business, learned how to hunt and fish, and made life-long friends. When Kyle was 16, they moved to Twin Falls. Kyle attended grade school in California and Howe, and high school in Arco and Twin Falls.

Kyle joined the military and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, and had many great stories, which he shared with his little nephews, Rex and Jeff Williams, who were so proud of Uncle Kyle. He was honorably discharged in l962.

After returning home from his duties in the Army, Kyle became a favorite bartender in Twin Falls at the Alley Bar & Restaurant, making it into a real-life "Cheers." Everyone loved Kyle and he was a friend and confidant to many people.

Kyle met and married his soul mate and best friend, Marvel Edholm, of Gooding. They moved to Bellevue where they opened Kyle's Club and again, it quickly became a "Cheers" type of place, where people could come and enjoy a fun evening with their friends and the McGehee's.

They raised their three wonderful children and were active in the community. Kyle's family was the most important part of his life. He shared his love of the outdoors with his family, teaching his children and grandchildren to hunt and fish. Kyle and Marvel enjoyed black powder competitions and spent all their spare time in their RV and boat. Kyle was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for 33 years and a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Twin Falls.

After their children were grown, Kyle and Marvel moved to Arizona for seven years. Missing their family and friends, they returned to Idaho. Kyle went to work for Idaho Concrete where he drove the cement bulker truck until his accident.

Kyle was preceded in death by both his parents, Otto and Ida McGehee. Surviving Kyle is his loving wife, Marvel; his son, Casey McGehee, Bellevue; his two daughters, Kim (Bill) Babcock of the Woodlands, Texas, and Sophronia (J.D.) Pruett of Bliss; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving him are his two sisters, Gilma (Raymond) Terherst of Concord, Calif., and Carletta (Bill) Williams, of Twin Falls; five nephews, four nieces and many relatives and close friends.

Two are better than one ...

If one falls down

His friend can help him up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Kyle lived by this principal all his life and died being a Good Samaritan to a fellow truck driver from Louisiana that he had never met. He was truly a good Christian and helped others any way he could. Kyle will be truly missed by all that knew him!

A celebration of Kyle's life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 372 Eastland Dr., Twin Falls, with military honors.

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