Fonzo G. Kyle

Fonzo G. Kyle

Fonzo Gilbert Kyle, age 97, passed away peacefully into eternal life March 2, 2017, with Geraldine, his wife of over 72 years, by his side at their home in Madison. He was born Aug. 22, 1919, in Weatherford, Texas, to Ethel Mae (Hopkins) and William Beverly Kyle; one of 11 children. As part of the Army Air Corps during World War II, he served in France and various parts of Europe. While stationed at Truax Field in Madison, he met and fell in love with Geraldine Keichinger. Kyle, as he liked to be called, was hired by Mr. Kayser at Kayser Ford in Madison, followed by owning his businesses: Kyle’s Citi Service Gas and Repair, Kyle’s Automotive Garage and Kyle’s Skelly Gas and Repair. After retirement, he went to work for U-Haul; never a man to sit. He built and raced stock cars, loved horses, a good game of dominos, dancing, bowling, and traveling – mostly to Texas and the Kyle Family Reunions. He loved life with family and friends, always a smile on his face, gratitude in his heart and concern for others. He would say he was pretty good, and with a twinkle in his eye add, “mostly pretty”.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; daughters Nancy Wilcox (Charles) Magestro, Gloria (Ron) Tyl, Monica Cochems-Kyle (Hawk); grandchildren, Jay (Janet) Wilcox, Cindy Wilcox (Brad) Patzner, Tony (Jenny) Magestro, Troy (Joni) Magestro, Jeffrey Revalee, Michael (Robin) Revalee, Christa (Sam) Wollin, Gina Tyl (Cody) Blair, Heather Tyl (Javier) Gonzalez and Dena Kyle; great-grandchildren, Colton and Kyle Wilcox, Elliana, Giada and Analia Magestro, Tyler and Kylie Magestro, Zachery Revalee, Amanda & Mike Revalee, Breanna Johnson, Jacob & Ryan Wollin, Taylor, Paige & Hope Tyl, Savannah & Marcus Tyl; and also six great-great grandchildren. He is further survived by his sisters: Lynda Terry, Wanda (Don) Beck, Doris Browning; and sister-in-law, Bosco Kyle-Bremer; and many other precious relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ed, JT, EL, Lawrence and Gene Ray Kyle; his sisters, Juanita Baty and Sue Hill; his daughter Judy Adams-Bly; his sons-in-law, Ron Wilcox and Jerry Bly; and his grandson, Rick Wilcox.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave, Madison, on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 12 noon, with Monsignor O. Charles Schluter presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of the Mass on Thursday. Kyle and family would like to thank the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, BrightStar and Agrace HospiceCare for their wonderful and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive