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Kyle B. Woodring

Woodring, Kyle B. Kyle was born February 27, 1967, in Lansing MI., and died unexpectedly at his home in Lockport, IL. September 8, 2009. A 1985 graduate of Mason High School, Kyle attended Michigan State University before moving to Chicago. Kyle taught at Bloom School of Jazz and performed countless well-known commercial jingles. His professional career included drummer with Dennis DeYoung, songwriter and former lead singer for the popular band Styx, along with performers such as country star Deana Carter, John Mellencamp, Robbie Fulks, and George Michael. Kyle was the onstage drummer for the Broadway in Chicago hit musical Jersey Boys from the shows opening. When not behind his drums, Kyle could be found jumping out of airplanes. More than a talented musician and avid skydiver, Kyle was an extraordinary person who touched people's hearts with his loving kindness and his unique sense of humor, exemplified by his undoubtedly thinking that heaven really needed one more rock drummer. Kyle is survived by his beloved son, Tabor, of Lockport, IL, parents, Ken and Kay Woodring of Mason, brother, Kirk (Nancy) of South Deerfield, MA, sister Kendra Spielberg of East Lansing, nieces Arija Spielberg, Hannah and Alison Woodring, and a worldwide community of friends. Memorial celebrations will be held Thursday, September 24, 5:00 p.m. at University Club of Michigan State University on Forest Road, Lansing, MI and Sunday, September 27, 5:00 p.m. at LaSalle Power Company, 500 N LaSalle 3rd floor, Chicago, IL. In lieu of flowers, family has requested contributions be made to the Kyle Woodring Memorial Fund P.O. Box 126, Mason, MI 48854 Arrangements being handled by Goodale Memorial Chapel, Lockport, IL. 815-838-1533
Published in Chicago Sun-Times from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20, 2009
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