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Kyle C. Davis

October 9, 1969 May 28, 2020
Kyle C. Davis
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Kyle C. Davis, age 50, of Oak Park, passed away May 28, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Kyle is the beloved husband of Katherine “Kate” Clemens Davis; loving father of Kaelin and Karsten; devoted son of Judyth and the late Jerry Davis; dear brother of Kelly (Lisa Egger) Davis; and best friend to his canine companions, Bythel and Miles Davis.

Kyle grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma and received his Bachelor’s in Architecture from Oklahoma State University. Growing up, Kyle was a frequent cast member in his father’s community theater productions as well as those at the University. During these formative years, Kyle also discovered his love of hunting, golf, “bar” sports and generally engaging in what can only be described as shenanigans.

After graduation, Kyle moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue his chosen vocation with a brief stopover waiting tables at the Trail Dust steakhouse, under the nickname “Copenhagen”. He began his architecture career at Gensler, where he worked for over 20 years, ultimately as a Principal running a studio. Throughout his career, Kyle’s specialty was in the relationship side of the business. In this he thrived and was finally able to combine his love of golf, hunting and architecture. He joined HKS three years ago as a Principal focused on business development in the Chicago studio.

Upon moving to Chicago, Kyle met Kate – someone who complemented his unique perspective on life. Though their stories of getting together vary, the important thing is that their story continued by getting married and moving to Oak Park. Kaelin and Karsten were welcomed and became the light of his life. In both he found willing recipients upon which to impart his varied skills: baking and cooking with Kaelin, shooting in the Country Club Skeet League with Karsten and golfing with both children at the Oak Park Country Club.

A self-described Renaissance man, Kyle could beat you at a round of skeet or take your money in a round of golf, then invite you to join his family at a holiday meal, make a key-lime pie from scratch or barbecue an excellent brisket. His unmistakable sartorial style was a combination of his reverence for Ralph Lauren, a reinterpretation of the past and his own unique point of view. Through it all, he was a collector of people and relationships, making friends wherever he went.

He believed life is a long game. His life was bigger than his body and will live on in his family, friends, and the wonderful stories he leaves behind.

Visitation Monday June 1, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St, Oak Park. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE STAGE 3 RESTORE ILLINOIS RULES, WE WILL BE LIMITED TO 10 GUESTS IN THE BUILDING AT A TIME. In lieu of flowers, donations to Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Center of Northwestern ( are appreciated.

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11:00 AM 6/1/2020 11:00:00 AM - 7:00 PM 6/1/2020 7:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302


Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
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