Ronnie Eugene Kyles, age 72 of Rosenberg Tx, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 1, 2020. Ron was born on November 22, 1947, and grew up in Texarkana, Texas. He was the second born of 5 children of Lawton and Estelle Kyles. His family owned a dairy farm where Ron learned hard work by the age of 5, milking cows before school. At the age of 7, he gave his heart to Jesus through the bus ministry of a local baptist church where they would pick him and his brother up for Sunday Services. After he graduated from high school, on December 5, 1967, Ron enlisted in the air force during the Vietnam War. His character and excellence allowed him to rise quickly through the ranks and become a staff sergeant in the military police. After completing his tour of duty on December 3, 1971, he was honorably discharged, and he began working for his uncle Wayne Jones who owned a chain of restaurants called Catfish Kitchen. This is where his love of seafood and entrepreneurship began.
At the beginning of his restaurant career, a man Ron befriended asked if he had any job openings for his daughter. Ron being the kindest man gave the young lady a job as a waitress at his restaurant, and that is how he met and finally married his wife of 46 years, Debie. Ron opened his first BBQ restaurant while Debie was pregnant with the twins, at which time, they were unaware that they were having twins until two weeks before they were born. That’s because the twins had the same heartbeat; therefore, the doctors had told them that they were having one big girl. Now they had a total of four children, and each one of those children captured a piece of his heart and further motivated him to work as hard as possible to give them the best opportunity to succeed in their lives. Ron and Debie moved back to their hometown in the golden triangle area, where they attended and served Triumph Church for more than 30 years where his love for God, people and food all came together. It was there he learned to use his talent and passion for food to serve God and bless people.
Ron loved watching his children grow up and become mighty men and women of God. His children learned his work ethic and entrepreneurial gifts by working alongside him at the restaurants. In 2005, Ron and Debie chose to play a more significant role in their first three grandchildren’s lives by raising them. His family gave him the greatest pleasure. He was always willing to serve them in any capacity that they needed. He created menus and catered for each of his children’s weddings. As Steve launched his business, he always knew he could count on his Dad to provide the most opulent Christmas dinners to bless his staff. When Jimn launched his church, his Dad was part of his leadership team, willing to cook for the dream team and make coffee on Sunday mornings for the people who came to church.
Ronnie is survived by his three sons, Ron Kyles Jr, Jimn Kyles, & wife Phyllis, Steve Kyles & wife Stephanie, ten grandchildren, his two sisters, Diane Houk, Linda Prude-Home. He is preceded in death by his firstborn daughter, Tiina Kyles, his parents, three brothers: Charles Robert, Michael Wayne, & Jerry Walter.
A celebration of life with full military honors will be held at 11 am on Friday, November 6, 2020, at the Fort Bend Dream Center at 4100 Ave N, Rosenberg, Tx 77471. Doors open at 10 am. Visitation will be Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be given towards a memorial fund for a hospitality center at the the location for Anchor Bend Church. You can give to the memorial fun by texting (281) 628-2441 with any dollar amount and the words RKMEMORIAL next the dollar amount or Anchor Bend.