HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- George W. Pyle, 76, of Hutchinson, Kan., died Thursday (Jan. 1, 2004) at Hospice House in Hutchinson.
He was born March 20, 1927, to George V. and Nellie (Bundy) Pyle in Sabetha, Kan. He is a graduate of Morrill, Kan., High School and the University of Kansas.
On Sept. 6, 1953, he married Donna M. Bower in Kansas City, Mo.
He was City Manager in McCook from 1957-1967. He then moved to Hutchinson and was the Hutchinson City Manager from 1967 until his retirement in January of 1989.
He had a 35 year membership and service in the International City Managers Association. He was a member and past president of the Kansas League of Municipalities and the Kansas Association of City Managers. In 1967, he received a 10 year award for dedicated service to the City of McCook. In 1975, he received the Others Award from the Salvation Army. In 1984, he received the Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Citizens of Hutchinson award from the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce. In 1986, he received the Excellence in Public Service Award from the Wichita Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of Hutchinson; three sons, George B. and wife, Rebecca of Salt Lake City, Utah, Eric Allan Pyle and wife, Sachiko of Hiroshima, Japan and Christopher and wife, Claudia Pyle of Cimarron, Kan.; one daughter, Mary Lynn Baker and husband, Ken of Hutchinson; three brothers, Robert of Round Rock, Texas, Bill of Sabetha, Kan., and Bernard of Topeka, Kan.; one sister, Marjorie Mason of Traverse City, Mich.; and six grandchildren.
Services are Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nick Warner and Dr. Jim Godbey officiating. Private graveside services will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Friends may sign the book at Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name to the Hospice of Reno County or the George Pyle Fellowship. The Fellowship was created by Wichita State University at the Hugo Wall Center for Urban Studies at Wichita State University.
Elliott Mortuary of Hutchinson is in charge of the arrangements.