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March 28, 2012
Horseman and rancher Ed Kyler, 64, of Cascade, Montana, died March 26 of a heart attack.
Ed was born March 24, 1948, and met his wife, Mary, while attending the University of Montana, where they rodeoed together, Ed as a roper and bulldogger and Mary as a barrel racer. The Kylers bred their first horse together in 1973, and continued breeding good horses for racing and rodeoing from their 2,700 acre ranch.
The 30-year cumulative breeders have from 70 starters bred 45 winners and nine stakes winners, including Canada Cup Futurity (RG3) winner KR American Girl ($46,334) and All Canadian Futurity of Alberta winner KR Montana Cartel ($52,783).
Since 1999, Ed trained the winners of 83 races from 328 starts and the earners of more than $540,000. Stakes winners he trained, in addition to the above two homebreds, are Platinum N Pearls, KR Montana Shake Em, JCPH Go Go Carly, KR Streakin Who, KR Profitability and Elfin Cove.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel with burial to follow at St. Peter’s Mission Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Ed is survived by his wife; sons Ryan Kyler of Seattle, Washington, and Will Kyler of Golden, Colorado; sisters Sharon Trott of Billings, Montana, Beverly Brown of Clovis, California, and Catherine West of Helena, Montana; a brother, Kenneth E. Kyler of Helena, Montana, and three grandchildren.
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