Tom Pyle

Profile Updated: February 23, 2015
Tom Pyle
Residing In: McPherson, KS USA
Spouse/Partner: Penina A. Pyle
Homepage: www.pyledesignbuild.com
Occupation: architect; general, plumbing, mechanical, & electrical contractor; wholesale & retail building material supplier;home center dealer; rental equipment dealer; hospitality/inn/restaurant/convention center operator; developer;
Children: Martha's: Jill '66; Tom III '68; Rock '72 D; Lora '73; David '74; Sarah '76; Dan '78; Susanna '80;
Becky's: More…Chad '83; Christy '85; Joanna '86; Simon '87;
Penny's: James '06; Joy '09;
Grandchildren: 36 & counting
Military Service: Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Comments:

Praise My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for HIS Mercy and Grace so bountifully shown to me and mine he has so wonderfully blessed me with during my lifetime here in this earth suit!!! No, I do not think I can ever retire with Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, Visits, and all those ballgames, matches, dramas, debates, etc. We have been to Africa 3 times in the last 2 years and my mother Alice will be 95 in a few weeks.

School Story:

After MHS Graduation I had scholarship offers KU football, basketball Iowa U, U of New Mexico, U of Colorado, U of Florida, & Iowa State University which I accepted to pursue my architectural career originally a 5 year program which was changed to 6 years. Did not feel right about taking a marriage deferment from the draft even though I had Jill & Tommy at the time, so one day as I entered the courtyard door of our ISU apartment I had to jump and dodge Martha's swinging of my ballpeen hammer at both of my knee caps. As I wrestled her down laughing and saying you'll ruin my basketball playing, Martha yelled, "basketball smashketball, you got your draft notice and I'm going to smash your kneecaps!!!" Needless to say I had to think fast and I said, "I can join Iowa Military Academy (IMA), a 2 year program, and surely the Vietnam War would be over by then." That seemed to calm her down and save my basketball playing. IMA was known as little West Point West since we received all the old West Point uniforms and swords. Our cadre, DI's & Officers, were free back on rotation from Nam and their goal was to break us if they could as was evidenced by my roommate. I graduated from ISU and was able to transfer from my Iowa unit to the McPherson unit who had just come back from Vietnam. My Iowa unit was called up a month or 2 after my transfer. You can look at my web site www.pyledesignbuild.com & if patient see some 85 of my thousands of projects. Now you can understand my comments section. My best friend and wife, Martha went home with the Lord on June 29, 1982 and our youngest, Susanna, was just 2 years. I was very fortunate to marry Becky Koehn on February 5, 1983, and at least I was happy until early April, 1985. I was unable to convince her of the value of our marriage and my love for her, and in Kansas if the judge tells you, Mr. Pyle, you have no say in saving you marriage, I couldn't. I still love Becky as a sister-in-Christ, but no longer as a wife. Needless to say this was my worst failure as a husband and father and as a man to date. Sometime latter I met and feel in love with a young lady from Kenya. The story of how our paths crossed is quite unusual and may share at some future time. She is a very intelligent woman, except for the fact of marrying me. We have my 7th son, James and my 7th daughter Joy and a small army of relatives in Africa. Nina's father has glaucoma and is a retired medical doctor and her mother is retired from head nurse of the Kisumu Hospital but has private clinics in the a small town & in the home village. Also, I have been made an Elder in the tribe and have inherited several widows in their 80's who claim me as husband. So you see I cannot stop working. I helped set up several companies in Kenya but own none personally. One has well drilling equipment that constantly needs repairing and has provided many water wells. Another has completed several construction projects including 2 pedestrian bridges (one flooded out), the remodeling of a power plant on Lake Victory, and several remodels. Another was low bidder on replacing 10,000 street lights in Nairobi with solar powered LED lights this past summer. Another, is contracting the installation of irrigation systems. To keep me sane and some may question that, I still maintain a course to my long term goal of designing and building the great temple in Jerusalem. Years ago when still a young teen the dream was planted, later dreams placed in my heart the design, and then I built a model of it when there was no material strong enough and thin enough to accomplish it. Then a few years back the strengths were verified as being achievable and now the timing is to wait. If the Lord wants me to do, I shall do it. If HE does not, it has been a JOY to DREAM! God bless you all and may you know the Peace of Christ !!!

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Mar 07, 2019 at 11:38 AM

Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Just read a recap of day one of the Kansas High School Basketball state Tournament in the Wichita Eagle. It's Great to have a Pyle on the Team! Go Bull Pups!!

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Feb 02, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Hi Jimmy! Good to see your still vertical too! Now that you are retired, what are you up too? Do you and Larry DeTour see each other much?
I have slowed down some and am only coaching Elyria Christian School 3rd & 4th Grade Basketball now besides my architectural and construction projects. My adult children run their own businesses or work for others. Do you have any young ball players that call you gramps?

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Dec 29, 2017 at 12:12 PM

Hi Doug! The only Reunion I have missed was our 50th. Looked like from what photos people posted that you all had a Great time! I still am practicing Architecture and maintain General Contractor, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, and other Licenses. The last several years I have coached or helped coach Elyria Christian School 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grade Basketball Teams. This year I had to stop coaching 1st & 2nd Grade Teams due to having to run up and down the court during the games in the Hutch League to help the kids get into position for their defense or offense. Early in 2016 I was attending Pat Fosters funeral and had to park several blocks away and my knees were click, click, clicking. My son Tom III recommended a doctor all the doc's go to so I went to him. I asked him to show me the best artificial knee he had. I looked at it and told him this thing is structurally unstable. He said yes, you cannot run or jump. I said surely there is something better, but scheduled my right knee for replacement on Oct. 18, 2016. To make a long story short I went to Denver Regenerative Medicine and had my own stem cell mixed with my own blood platlets on August 4, 2016 in both knees. I could run and semi-jump for most of the regular season. However, during the tournaments I had too many games in each day and over did it.
My grandkids would like to see some of our game films. Do you still have any from your Dad? If you do, I would be glad to pay AtoZ Video in the K.C. area. I had them put on DVD's photos, movies, VHS's, etc of my kids as they were growing up and ended up with around 160 dvd's. Hope to hear from you. Tom Pyle

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Mar 07, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Happy Birthday a day late. Sorry about that. Hope you had a good day.

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Feb 26, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Kathryn, Thank you so much for your very kind comments. You always had such a pretty smile and you have shown it so wonderfully in your words to me. Thank you, your brother in Christ, E. Tom

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