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Great Falls race family loses 16-year-old Kyle McCracken

June 8, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Kyle Michael McCracken, 16, of Great Falls, Montana, who would have been a junior at C.M. Russell High School in the fall, died in a hunting accident Saturday, June 4, near Ulm.

His funeral is 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Central Assembly of God Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Croxford Funeral and Crematory is handling arrangements.

Kyle is survived by his parents, Joe and Memory McCracken of Great Falls; a brother, Ryan McCracken of Great Falls; grandparents Bill and Edith McNary of Phoenix, Richard and Virginia Olson of Billings and Kathleen McCracken of Great Falls; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Max McCracken.

He was born March 2, 1989, in Great Falls. Kyle was a fun-loving person with a positive outlook on life. He always found the best in people and lived life to the fullest. He was a very hard-working young man with a strong desire to help others. He loved driving machinery and doing odd jobs around the house with his dad.

Kyle was a great student and had a true love of learning. He attended elementary school in Ulm and would have been a junior at C.M. Russell High School. He was an excellent athlete and participated in baseball and wrestling. He began wrestling early in his childhood with the Ulm AAU Wrestling Club and continued to excel at CMR on the varsity team. He was voted "Ironman Wrestler" in 2004 and "Most Improved Wrestler" in 2005. He was adored by his coaches and teammates, who gave him the nickname "Nemo."

He had a real passion for animals and had been raised around horses and horseracing. Joe and Memory currently have six race horses in training on the local track. Kyle also had a great love for his dogs and cats, and was the first one to see they were well cared for. His dogs, Teya and Beethoven, were his true companions.

Kyle accomplished many things during his short life, and he will be greatly missed by all of those who were blessed enough to know him. He is now at peace and will never be forgotten.

Memorials are suggested to the Cascade County Humane Society.