Kyle S. Peterson

Born: Thu., Sep. 19, 1974
Died: Sat., Jul. 7, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 26, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Celebration of Life

4:00 PM Thu., Jul. 26, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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 September 19, 1974 - July 7, 2018
Phoenix, AZ - Kyle S. Peterson, 43, died suddenly of a heart attack while camping in the great outdoors that he loved so much on July 7th.
Kyle was born at Memorial Hospital in South Bend on September 19th, 1974 to Randy and Sherry (Rivers) Peterson, both whom survive. He graduated from Penn High School in 1993 and Holy Cross College in 1996. In 1998, he followed his calling to be in the sunshine and wide open spaces and moved to Phoenix, AZ. His first job there would lead to a lifelong and very successful career in the switch/component industry. Kyle worked for NKK Switches, C&K Components, Inc. and most recently for RAFI USA, where he climbed the career ladder from a temporary position to a global product manager and sales representative. Kyle traveled extensively all over the world with his job and even lived in Boston, MA during 2008-9, but his longing for the outdoors moved him back to Phoenix.
Boredom was a word Kyle never knew. He had many, many hobbies and interests including camping, fishing, kayaking, shooting, and hiking in the desserts, forests, and mountains all over the Southwest. He loved riding mountain bikes, dirt bikes, and had just finished building an all-terrain motorcycle. Kyle was also passionate about RC car racing. He spent hours in his garage tinkering with car parts and airbrushing car shells for himself, his friends, and professional racers. He traveled hours away for a weekend of racing. Kyle loved all things Apple and always had the latest iProduct. An animal lover of all kinds, he had a particularly soft spot for dogs and had that special touch with those that had been abandoned or abused. Kyle was very athletic and playing football at Penn High School led to a lifelong passion for the sport. He was a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan. Kyle also loved to cook, and when his grandmother recently passed, he asked for just one thing- her recipes.
His love of travel helped him stay close with his family, and he frequently met up with them for family vacations all over and for celebrations back home in Granger. He was definitely that fun and crazy uncle that everyone wishes for, who never once missed sending a thoughtful gift to his family for every birthday, holiday, Mother’s & Father’s Day.
Kyle was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Margaret and Earl Rivers of Cincinnati, OH; paternal grandparents, Eugene Peterson and Dorothy Peterson Burling; uncle, Steve Peterson; and Aunt Jennifer Peterson. Left to cherish his memories are his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Dana (Peterson) & John Sullivan; one niece, Maggie Sullivan; three nephews, Pete, Sam, and Joe Sullivan; extended family from Cincinnati, and many, many good friends from different walks of life from coast to coast. His smile lit up the room, as did his crude jokes and laughter. As one Arizona friend recently told his family, “No matter what we were doing, if Kyle wasn’t with us, we wished that he was.”
The family will receive friends at his Celebration of Life on Thursday, July 26th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd, South Bend. Another Celebration of Life will take place in Phoenix, AZ the week after Christmas. Details will be posted on his Facebook page.
Memorial contributions in Kyle’s name may be made to Southwest Wildlife Sanctuary Center, 8711 Pinnacle Peak Rd., PMB 115, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255 ( or your local animal shelter. He would also love for you to support and spend time at a local, state, or national park in his honor.

Charitable donations may be made in Kyle's memory to the following organizations:

Southwest Wildlife Sanctuary Center
8711 Pinnacle Peak Rd., PMB 115, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255

Your local animal shelter

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Judy Buck
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
What a tragedy to lose your precious son. My heart is filled with sadness for the Peterson family and all of Kyle's friends.

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