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Michael Ian Patrick Kile
August 3, 1958 ~ October 14, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Michael Ian Patrick Kile born August 3, 1958 in London England and died October 14, 2023 at the young age of 65.
There are not enough words to describe Michael. How can you sum up such a multifaceted man in a few paragraphs? Those who knew him were fortunate enough to experience his kindness, honesty, generosity and love. His sense of humor was legendary, his jokes and puns creating laughter wherever they landed. Michael’s positive attitude and willingness to help others extended to family and friends as well as business colleagues who often became friends as well.
Michael grew up in Dublin, Ireland moving to Indiana at 17 years of age. He arrived in Ft. Wayne with a cardboard suitcase and a few dollars in his pocket. With help from his uncle Gene he started a job as a maintenance man in an apartment complex followed by a position as a lifeguard. No job was too big or small for him to tackle.
An opportunity to work in the printing industry came along that started him on the road to owning his own business. He liked to tell people he began as a stripper which always got a surprised and amused reaction until he explained he stripped film for prints. He worked his was up to a pressman, then salesman, then various levels of management last being CEO of a large format printing company. He had always wanted to run the show. As a child he was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. His answer foretold his future, “I want to be the boss!”
Seeing the industry heading toward digital print, he decided to follow his dream. As was his way, he researched every aspect of what he would need to make his business a success. When searching for the right location, Carmel Indiana rose to the top of his list. He and his wife Rhonda moved to Carmel in 2007 opening AlphaGraphics on the cusp of a recession. Together they weathered the downturn in the economy until it bounced back. From that point on AlphaGraphics became one of his two passions. He was always quick to add that his other passion was his wife! Smart man!
Both he and Rhonda became involved in the community through business, philanthropy and friendships. Their immediate neighborhood became their extended family and remains so today. Michael was an avid tennis player. He formed many lasting friendships at the Carmel Racquet Club and beyond. He was, above all, a gentleman on and off the court.
Michael loved music and books, reading voraciously especially in the last 3 years when he had more time away from the business. He was a supporter of the Carmel Clay Public library and took full advantage of it’s services.
He loved to travel, a love he acquired at a young age. Michael and Rhonda created many wonderful memories embarking on trips to foreign places as well as ones within the US.
He was an avid lover of music, jazz, r&b, pop, and, of course, Irish tunes. He and Rhonda supported the Center for the Performing Arts both personally and in business. As season ticket holders they enjoyed many performances at both the Palladium and Tarkington.
Michael was devoted to his family. Eventually his sister, Cheryl; brother, Chris; and their parents followed him to the states. Even though he was the middle child, he was considered the big brother always making sure they were happy and well cared for, offering the best advice he could to help them in any way he could.
Michael was devoted to Rhonda and she to him. When they first met, Mollie, one of Rhonda’s Shelties who was not usually fond of men, jumped in Michael’s lap giving him her seal of approval. In their 30+ years together, through ups and downs there was never a doubt in their minds that they could always count on each other. They were truly soulmates. Mollie knew that from the beginning!
Michael is predeceased by his father, Mack Kile. He is survived by his mother, Valma June Kile; sister, Cheryl Kile; brother, Christopher Kile (Maria); his much adored nephews, Carson & Colin Kile; as well as his niece, Caitlin Kile; his uncle, Gene; and aunt Vangie Kile.
According to Michael’s wishes, there will not be a service. He wanted a celebration of life which will be held on one of his favorite holidays as well as his father’s birthday, St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2024. Details to follow.