Kyle Charles Ross

Kyle Ross, 18, suddenly left us, after an auto accident in Jacksonville, Ore. He was born April 7, 1988 in Medford, Ore., to Chuck and Shelli Ross. He is a 2006 graduate of South Medford High School.

Our family is truly blessed by God to have had Kyle in our lives for the past 18 years. He takes a piece of all of our hearts with him as he goes onto Heaven, leaving a hole that will take many years to mend. He also leaves us with some amazing memories of the little boy that had turned into a young man with integrity, courage, passion and enthusiasm to change the world around him in his own special way.

He loved the game of soccer and played it through his senior year at South Medford High, making some wonderful friends along the way with his teammates. Kyle had other interests to capture his time as well; first being Brittany, then long boarding, dirt bike riding, fishing, snowboarding in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer. He also enjoyed golf and frisbee golf, and he had recently become scuba certified.

His brother, Jeremy, 16, step-brothers, Lance, 13, and Blaine, 12, looked up to him as the leader of their team. They played and worked hard together and were always laughing. They looked forward to the yearly houseboat trip to Trinity Lake with family and friends, a trip that won't be the same without him.

Our family had been overwhelmed and proud, as so many people this last week reached out to show us they loved Kyle as much as we do. The tributes to Kyle, David Bergin and Jonathan Thibeault touched hearts beyond our valley, and hopefully changed lives. So, from the bottoms of our hearts, we thank you for your love and prayers. Your friendships will see us through this time. Remember their smiles and how they made you laugh.

Kyle is survived by his father, Chuck Ross, mother, Shelli Ross, his step-mother, Kim Howitt-Ross, brother, Jeremy Ross, and step-brothers, Lance and Blaine Howitt of Medford, Ore. Kyle will be missed by his grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins. We are all very proud of his life.

Memorial contributions should be made to: South Medford High School Soccer - Kyle Ross Fund, at 815 S. Oakdale, Medford, Ore. 97501

Chuck and Kim Ross and Family