kyle zuleg by waterfall
He was full of smiles and adventure. His imagination was huge, which gave us lots of laughs and stories to tell.
kyle the broadcaster

It was a beautiful fall evening in October of 2010 when our lives suddenly changed forever. We could never have prepared for the tragedy that occurred on this annual camping trip with close family and friends. While our 16 year old son, Kyle, was playing flashlight tag in the woods, a large and heavy tree branch fell on him from nearly 40 feet in the air. Kyle's mom, a nurse at Edward Hospital, initiated CPR on Kyle. Despite the assistance from all of the friends that were there they were unable to help Kyle. It was obvious that he had sustained severe injuries and was quickly transported to a local hospital. It did not take long to determine that Kyle had a traumatic, life-threatening spinal cord injury. He was then transported by Life Flight to a trauma center in Chicago where doctors confirmed our worst fears. We were informed that despite all the efforts given to save Kyle that our handsome, healthy boy had suffered a fatal injury and artificial means of life support was needed. Never again would we see the life in his eyes, feel the warmth of his hug, or hear his voice and his laughter.

Kyle blessed us on August 8, 1994 with a loud cry and big, beautiful brown eyes. From the minute he was born, he was so loved and so full of life. It didn't take long for Kyle's personality to emerge. He was full of smiles and adventure. His imagination was huge, which gave us lots of laughs and stories to tell.

Kyle was always full of imagination. The videos we have of him using his huge imagination will be priceless memories. Some of Kyle's favorite Disney movies included The Lion King and Jungle Book. Playing Simba and acting out his favorite Lion King character, Scar, to the tune of "Be Prepared" are fond memories. Kyle's big plastic elephants were always marching around the coffee room table to the tune of the "Colonel Hathi's March" from the Jungle Book. His animals were always finding their way into the bath tub for water adventure. His biggest venture into the world of imagination was when Kyle transformed into Copper. Copper was the dog from Fox and the Hound. Kyle's love for dogs began at a very young age. Walking in the door from work, Kyle would greet you on all fours with a big bark. When asked, "How was your day, Kyle?" He would reply, "I'm not Kyle, I'm Copper." "Oh, hello Copper," I would say. A bark was sure to follow. We had to pet him, put his food and water in bowls on the floor and even walk him on his leash. Kyle's Aunt Jolynn sent him his own personalized dog bowls...should we have encouraged this behavior? Kyle was never embarrassed with his acting. There were often times in the grocery store he would say, "Mom, can I be a dog?" "No, you cannot," was the reply he got back. As he grew up and left his life as a dog, he took on a new role in his life. The role of a sports broadcaster.

Kyle's next best friend became his GameCube, which soon got upgraded to the Xbox. From a very young age his love of sports emerged. Not only did he like watching games with his dad and cheering on his Packers, but his true love came out through his "announcer's" voice. We would often hear his commentator's voice, filled with excitement and enthusiasm as he called play-by-plays while playing his favorite Xbox sports games. Kyle would spend hours doing this, his voice heard throughout the house behind his closed bedroom door. If he wasn't doing his play-by-plays from inside, he was then outside on the side of the house with his football, pretend tackling, running the ball and calling his play-by-plays. We knew he was destined to be a sports broadcaster. This love of sports and being a commentator continued to be part of Kyle and who he was.

Kyle was a Junior at Neuqua Valley High School. He played volleyball on the NVHS volleyball team. He had a love for athletics, particularly baseball, volleyball and football. He refereed baseball and basketball games and had aspirations of becoming a sports broadcaster. He was a member of the Neuqua Valley's Wildcat Weekly News program.

Kyle was a very genuine person. He was true to himself and didn't veer away from his morals and beliefs. He was true to everyone who knew him. He was a brother to Kristen, a son to us and a true friend to all. He was a very proud fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. His infectious smile, his handsome face, his friendship, his love he had for his family and the Montana Mountains will carry with him forever. Through his untimely death Kyle became a HERO and we will acknowledge and embrace that for the rest of our lives.
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