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Rabe, Kyle Thomas
LAST: Rabe FIRST: Kyle MID: Thomas
BORN: 17 Aug 1991 DIED: 6 May 2002 BURIED: 11 May 2002
BIRTH PLACE:  Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Turner, Marion Co., Oregon
Name of father is Thomas Rabe
Name of mother Susan
Kyle Thomas Rabe
August 17, 1991 - May 6, 2002
TURNER - Kyle was born in Salem on the afternoon of August 17, 1991. He attended kindergarten and first grade at Schirle School before transferring to Cloverdale School, where he was in the fourth grade.
Kyle was very personable and had friends both young and old. He was outgoing and talkative, and was often bragging about his heroes: his father, whom he adored, his two older brothers, whom he admired, and his mother, after whom he looked to ensure her happiness. He enjoyed sharing stories of frequent family vacations. Kyle loved spending his weekends working side by side with his father on their family farm in Turner, and also actively participating in the Home Depot Kids’ Workshop once each month. He enjoyed playing sports with his friends and played football for the Boys & Girls Club. Although Kyle spent the majority of his time outdoors, he managed to never miss an episode of his favorite TV show, “The Simpsons.” He had an excellent sense of humor and spent many evenings watching movies with his family. Kyle’s favorites were “Tommy Boy,” “Rat Race,” and Adam Sandler movies. He was very excited to see the “Spiderman” movie the day after its release. A great deal of Kyle’s life revolved around music; he listened to everything from Christian rock to Punk rock on his stereo, and was always loaning his new CDs to his friends. He kept a picture of his brother’s band next to his bed and looked forward to learning to play the guitar like his father and older brother. Kyle was sincere and sensitive with everyone, helping out and comforting them in every way possible. Kyle spent hours outside, playing with his dog and cat, shooting his pellet guns, and riding dirt bikes, four-wheelers and tractors. He used to go on tractor rides with his father until this year, when he was finally big enough to ride on his own. Ever since he was a baby, Kyle was in love with farm toys. He collected and played with model John Deere tractors, and as soon as he could walk, he began riding around on his Power Wheels four-wheeler. The older he became, the larger the four-wheelers got, and he spent each day riding after school. The one thing Kyle enjoyed more than anything in this world was his four-wheeler.
Kyle made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He touched a great many lives, and though he will be missed, his memory will live on forever.
He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Susan Rabe of Turner; brothers, Jeremy DeLoretto of Portland and Justin DeLoretto of Salem; grandmother, Virginia DeLoretto; eleven aunts and uncles; and 15 cousins.
Visiting will be 3 to 7 p.m. today at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty St. SE in Salem. Interment will be at Cloverdale Cemetery in Cloverdale, Ore. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lou DeLoretto Memorial Future Teachers Scholarship Fund, care of West Coast Bank, 550 Center St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.
Statesman Journal 11 May 2002

Boy’s ATV death numbs Turner.
The 10-year-old, who was wearing a helmet, was found under the vehicle.
TURNER – Kyle Rabe was a boy’s boy who loved the outdoors, almost as much as his family.
On Monday night, the 10-year-old died after losing control of the four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle he was riding in a wooded area near 4177 Rouse Lane SE in Turner.
The vehicle went down a steep embankment on the edge of a field and flipped on top of him.
A 9-year-old friend, who was on a separate ATV, found Kyle pinned under the vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies and the Turner Fire Department responded to the call after 7 p.m. Kyle was taken to Salem Hospital where he was pronounced dead from what appeared to be asphyxiation.
Dan Gushard, spokesman for Marion County Sheriff’s Office, said an autopsy may be conducted as early as today.
Both parents, Thomas and Susan, were too devastated to talk Tuesday.
Justin DeLoretto, one of Kyle’s 20-year-old twin brothers, said his baby brother had been riding since he was four years old.
“He had a toy four wheeler, he rode dirt bikes and four wheelers,” he said. “It’s something he did every day after school.”
Kyle’s death is the third ATV accident fatality in the greater Salem area since 2000.
A 15-year old Sublimity boy died in September 2000 when he struck a utility pole guideline in a field near Sublimity. A 38-year-old St. Paul man died in October 2000 when he hit a tree head on.
Both those riders were speeding and did not have helmets on, officials said.
On designated public trails and lands, operators of three- and four-wheelers need to have a driver’s license of Class 1 ATV permit, or be accompanied by someone on a similar vehicle who is 18 or older who has a license or permit.
The state also requires those younger than 18 to wear and ODOT-approved helmet, said Michele Scalise, who handles Oregon’s permit program for ATV’s.
Getting an operator permit usually requires a safety and education course. There are additional rules, which vary with the type of vehicle and age of rider.
Kyle Rabe was wearing a helmet and years of experience. Gushard, of the sheriff’s office, said no charges are pending.
On Tuesday a team of counselors tried to help Cloverdale Elementary School’s 130 students, Kyle’s friends, make sense of it all.
Some of the children, never made it to school, too upset to leave home after hearing about the fourth grader’s death.
“Everyone knows everyone,” said Cascade School District Superintendent Jim McBride, who lives a quarter mile from the accident site. “It’s a close knit family out here in the community.” Tina Beck, Kyle’s teacher for the past two years in a blended third/fourth grade, said the quiet, well-liked student was known for his sense of humor and warm smile. He loved being outside and often talked about hunting and fishing with his brothers, she said. And when he teased the girls, it was always for fun and never mean.
“He had a tender heart for people”, she said.
Joan DeLoretto, Kyle’s aunt, said Kyle had a maturity and sensitivity beyond his years.
Mild-mannered and prompt, he would play with his younger cousins, acting like a mother hen with them, and also a little man for his grandmother. When his grandfather passed away in October, Kyle stepped in and helped his grandmother with chores, repairs and companionship.
More than anything, Kyle was a happy child who loved living on the family farm and helping his parents because he never considered it work.
People used to call his mother to see if she could send Kyle over so he could be a good influence on their kids.
Kyle loved working with his dad, whether it was mowing the grass or driving a tractor. The two shared an unshakeable bond.
“He’s always been like a shadow,” Joan DeLoretto said. “He’ll give up play with his friends to play with dad.”
By Susan Tom
Statesman Journal 8 May 2002, C1
Kyle Thomas Rabe
August 17, 1991 – May 6, 2002
God’s Most Perfect And Precious Gift
Gone From Us Now, But Not Forever
SJ 11 May 2002 
SJ 8 May 2002, C1
SPACE: 2-10-  

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