CBS News reports that Jeff Pyle, the former Republican Pennsylvania State Representative, has died at the age of only 58.
Pyle died on Wednesday in Ford City, Pennsylvania, after a long battle with cancer. The news was announced on Thursday by his daughter Lauren Pyle.
Pyle had been battling cancer since at least 2005 when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Pyle managed to eventually beat the illness, but it ended up returning in 2017.
Pyle’s political career
After being Ford City’s mayor and a teacher, Pyle, in late 2004, was elected to the Pennsylvania state house. It was within months of that election, in early 2005, that Pyle received his first cancer diagnosis.
The cancer, though, would go into remission, allowing Pyle to serve in the state house for nine terms. Pyle ended up having to call it quits in March 2021 after his health took a turn for the worse. The cancer returned in 2017, and Pyle suffered a stroke in 2020, which is what ultimately led to his retirement in 2021.
In the state House, Pyle represented Pennsylvania’s 60th District, which includes parts of Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana counties.
Flags to be flown at half staff
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has ordered the state’s flags to be flown at half staff.
“Today, in honor of former Pennsylvania State Representative Jeff Pyle, who died yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff immediately,” Wolf’s office announced.
“The commonwealth flag will be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Rep. Pyle’s interment, which has not yet been determined,” the office added. “All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.”
Tributes have been pouring in from many, including people whom Pyle taught, whom Pyle has worked with, and more.
“Jeff molded many young minds — including my own — as a teacher at Ford City High School,” said Abby Major (R), Pyle’s former chief of staff who succeeded Pyle when he retired. “Jeff molded many young minds — including my own — as a teacher at Ford City High School. He will be sorely missed.”
Pyle is survived by his wife, Michele Pyle, and two daughters, Lauren (25) and Katie Pyle (23).