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Kyle Robert Smith, 71, passed away in his home in Lady’s Island, South Carolina on January 15, 2021.

He was born May 18, 1949 in Olney, IL to the late Thomas Kyle and June Adele Blackburn Smith.  Kyle graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the class of 1967 and attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri from 1967-1968.  He transferred to Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, Oklahoma and received an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Aeronautical Technology in 1970, and then completed his Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Aviation Engineering Technology from OSU in 1972.  Upon graduation from OSU, Kyle worked for Cessna Aircraft Co. in Wichita, Kansas as an industrial engineer, and supervisor of technical services from 1972-1980. The remainder of his professional career was spent with General Electric in the Aircraft Engine Maintenance Center as a process control engineer and a manufacturing engineer, in Arkansas City Kansas.  In 2013, Kyle moved to Lady’s Island to be near family.  Kyle will be remembered for his kindness and wit. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends.  Kyle and his beloved wife, Susan Dee Smith, were married on December 30, 1970 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kyle is predeceased by his parents and his wife, Susan Dee Smith.

He is survived by his only daughter and son-in-law, Marcy and Chet Houston of Lady’s Island, SC.; three grandchildren, Brynna, Ashlyn, and Faith Houston of Lady’s Island, SC., and one sister, Janet Dabi of Tulsa Oklahoma.

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  1. April Houston Patton says:

    A wonderful soul! “Pappy” made me laugh every single minute I spent with him. I’m so grateful for the times we spent together often on holidays and a Chiefs game here and there! Most fans scream the loudest for the defense…”Let’s go D!!!” … not Pappy … he yelled loudest for the offense “Let’s go O!!!” lol!! I’m also grateful that Kyle was such a good Dad to my brother, they truly loved and respected each other. I’m grateful that Kyle and Susan made such an enchanting daughter who stole my brothers heart and gave us all an amazing opportunity to extend our beautiful family. I’m going to miss this guy…but I have many funny and happy memories of him to keep my heart full of who he was. All my love to Marcy’s family, Kyle was such a special person to me and mine. ❤️

  2. Jayne Gallaagher says:

    Praying that God will comfort you. Your memories are a precious legacy of your father, his strength and his love.
    I miss my chats with Kyle when he sat in his garage.

  3. Donnamarie Senn says:

    I am so sad to have lost such a great friend of over 40 years. Kyle was always willing to help in any way that he could. He cared for Wilson so lovingly while I was traveling or working that I think Wilson felt like it was his second home. Kyle was very gracious and generous in his praise of my cooking…no matter what I made him for dinner, he acted as if it was the best meal he had ever had. And when my mother lived in the same apartment complex as Kyle and Susan, he made a point of checking on her and visiting her. She really enjoyed talking with him. These are just a few of the reasons I will miss Kyle. I have been blessed to have been welcomed into the Smith/Houston family over the years and I have many happy memories. I am just thankful that Kyle is no longer suffering from the continuous pain.

  4. Robert Gerker says:

    So sorry to find out Kyle has passed. I knew him from Wichita Kansas. He and I flew together working on his Private Pilots license. A great guy. Lots of fun to be around. He will be missed.

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