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In Memory of

Homer Trussell Pyle

March 15, 1930 - November 29, 2016

Obituary


A quiet man but powerful writer who led The News-Press' campaigns to bring a university to Southwest Florida, strengthen addiction recovery services and make a killer highway safer has died.

Homer T. Pyle, 86, died Tuesday in Fort Myers.

Pyle retired as The News-Press editorial page editor in 1993, after a journalism career that also included reporting and editing jobs at the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami Herald, Florida Today and the Melbourne Times.

"He was extremely professional; researched everything. But he would never hold back from discussing an issue he thought public...

A quiet man but powerful writer who led The News-Press' campaigns to bring a university to Southwest Florida, strengthen addiction recovery services and make a killer highway safer has died.

Homer T. Pyle, 86, died Tuesday in Fort Myers.

Pyle retired as The News-Press editorial page editor in 1993, after a journalism career that also included reporting and editing jobs at the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami Herald, Florida Today and the Melbourne Times.

"He was extremely professional; researched everything. But he would never hold back from discussing an issue he thought public officials were on the wrong side of," said Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann, who got to know Pyle when Mann served in the Florida Legislature.

In Fort Myers, Pyle led the editorial campaign in the 1980s to widen State Road 80, combining editorials, printed tombstones for those killed on the highway and duffel-bags of postcards from the public, calling on state transportation officials to act.

Pyle also directed The News-Press editorial page when it called for a University of South Florida branch campus, and later for establishing Florida Gulf Coast University.

"He took on the critical issues of the day. He managed to walk that difficult line of being a total gentleman and a serious journalist," said Betty Parker, free-lance political columnist for The News-Press who got acquainted with Pyle when she was a full-time reporter for this newspaper.

Pyle, a recovering alcoholic with more than four decades of sobriety, was a driving force in the creation of Southwest Florida Addiction Services, now called SalusCare. He not only wrote opinion pieces, he served on the SWFAS board of directors.

Pyle also authored three books about addiction recovery and spiritual growth.

"He had a passionate belief that people (with addictions) had a treatable illness. And, that as a community, we had a responsibility to bring people a pathway to recovery," said Kevin Lewis, who was SWFAS director for about 20 years.

Pyle is survived by his wife of seven years, Alouise Skehan Pyle, and sons Mark Pyle and Norman Pyle. His survivors also include four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Two children, John Pyle and Dale Pyle, preceded him in death, as did Mary Grace Pyle, his wife of 31 years.

Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Hodges-Kiser Funeral Home, 9231 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers. A celebration of life service will follow there at 3 p.m.




Homer T. Pyle peacefully passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in Fort Myers. Born in Tampa, Florida March 15, 1930 to Norman Pyle and Helen Carey Chase, he served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and later graduated from Florida Southern College.
Homer is survived by his wife Alouise, brother Norman, sons Mark (Penny), Norman (Deb), daughter-in-law Marilyn Pyle, stepchildren John Skehan, Maureen Carpiniello, and Elizabeth Schallenberg, grandchildren Matt and Zack Pyle and Chloe Finocchio and Caitlin Pyle, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Hugh, Robert and Howard Pyle and sons Dale and John Pyle.
Homer was a writer and newspaper editor having served as Bureau Chief of the Orlando Sentinel in Melbourne, writer at the Miami Herald, founding staff member of Florida Today, editor of the Melbourne Times, and for twenty years the editorial page editor of the Fort Myers News-Press.
He was the recipient of many newspaper writing awards and served as president of Southwest Florida Addiction Services from l986-l988 and board member until 2002. Drawing on the power of the Twelve Steps, Homer has authored several books written to help people struggling with recovery enrich their spiritual lives and find a path to peace.
In recent years Homer and Alouise have enjoyed bird watching and walking in many Lee County Parks and Preserves especially Lakes Park and Bunche Beach.
Visitation will be held at 2:00p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Hodges-Kiser Funeral Home located at 9231 Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Homer's Life will follow at 3:00 p.m.



Arrangements under the direction of HODGES-KISER FUNERAL HOME, Fort Myers, FL.