Kyle Andrew Bachtel

October 25, 1977 ‒ November 07, 2007

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Kyle Andrew Bachtel, 30, of Bowland Road, Mansfield, died Wednesday morning November 7, 2007 in The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, from complications of a blood infection.

No longer in an earthly “tent,” Kyle is present with the Lord in an eternal home in heaven. (2 Cor 5)

He was born October 25, 1977 in Mansfield to Darryl and Molly (Thomas) Bachtel, and was graduated from Ontario High School in 1996, where he was a state qualifier in golf, lettered in baseball, swimming and euchre.

Kyle went to Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and finished his four-year degree in nursing by attending North Central State College and Marion Technical College.

In 1992, Kyle was the recipient of a liver transplant. That would have been enough to keep someone else down, but not Kyle. He was always on the go…and always busy! He became an advocate for the transplant community, and was profiled in a video shown to teen drivers advocating the Ohio organ donor program. Lifeline of Ohio included Kyle in brochures promoting organ donation on driver’s licenses.

A stellar athlete and all around sports nut Kyle had traveled worldwide with the U.S. Transplant Olympics. He earned gold medals in track & field, swimming, golf, basketball, and held the record for the most medals won for Team Ohio.

Kyle was sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association to umpire baseball games, and served as a ski instructor at Snow Trails. A daredevil of sorts, he was not satisfied with simple downhill runs. Kyle added stunts and flips or whatever it took to catch some air on his ski trips to New York, Utah and Canada.

He was a member of Berean Baptist Church, and enjoyed the Tuesday night volleyball league of the church.

Usually seen wearing an Ohio State University sweatshirt and Cleveland Browns ball cap, when not at a sporting event, Kyle would still be outdoors, hunting or fishing.

On December 23, 2006 he married Kelly Ann McCorkle Bachtel, who described Kyle as her “Gift from God” as he did “not have a mean bone in his body.” They were blessed with a daughter Sydney Grace Bachtel, whom Kyle called his little Muggins.

Kyle was absolutely in love with Kelly and Sydney, and so family oriented, though he was working as a nurse and nurse manager in the emergency room of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, and also in home health care, since Sydney’s birth, he had decided to stay at home, until Kelly finished her school year.

Described as kind and caring, patient and loving, Kyle became a hero of sorts to many in his extended family ~ as they emulated him, and made them feel as though they were his most favorite person on the planet.

In addition his wife and daughter, Kyle is survived by his mother Molly Bachtel of Mansfield; sisters and brothers-in-law Kelly Jo and Roy Reppart and their children Rachael and Carter Hill of Shelby and Mary Louise and Mark McCoy and their children Lindsay, Cole, Chase and Deaken of Galion; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Kasey and Brian Nolan and their children Brian, Rory and Reese of Medina; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Don and Cindy McCorkle of Mansfield; his grandfather-in-law and grandmother-in-law Don and Judy McCorkle of Mansfield; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and teammates!

His father preceded him in death on February 13, 2004.

The family will receive friends Sunday, November 11, 2007 from 2-7 PM in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God and thanksgiving for the life of Kyle Bachtel will be held Monday at 1 PM in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield. Pastor David J. Pound will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with Kyle’s spirit of showering kisses on “his little Muggins,” memorial contributions to the Sydney Grace Bachtel Health & Education Fund will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Kyle never finished a conversation without: “love you & be careful.”