Signed helmet goes to John Kile’s family

Photo courtesy of Greg Pfeil
West Jefferson High School football coach Shawn Buescher (right) presents a football helmet signed by this year’s Roughrider football team to Mary Lee Kile and her children, Bob Kile and Lydia Kile Keller. The presentation was made during halftime on Oct. 12 in memory of Mary Lee’s husband, John Kile, who was known as “The Voice of the Roughriders.”

(Posted Oct. 19, 2018)

On Oct. 12, the Jefferson Local Schools football program honored the memory of John Kile by naming him the week’s honorary captain.

Kile was a 1951 graduate of West Jefferson High School where he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams. He later went on to become the “Voice of the Roughriders,” announcing the football games for 45 years. He called his last game in 2002.

Kile was inducted into the West Jefferson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He was named “Fan of the Year” by the football program in 1964 and again in 2002.

Kile served as emcee for many sports banquets at West Jefferson High School for almost half a century. He also served in service and leadership roles in the district, including in the West Jefferson Alumni Association and the Athletics Boosters.

A staple of the West Jefferson and Madison County community, Kile served in civic leadership roles with Kiwanis, Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and others. He also was a successful automotive salesman. He and his wife, Mary Lee, dedicated their lives to service to the community.

Kile passed away on Sept. 29 after a short battle with cancer.

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