UPDATE: The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has provided this statement from the family of Kyle Rogers on his passing.

We are deeply saddened to report that our son, Kyle, passed away last evening. And yet, we take solace in the fact that he is in God’s comforting hands and is being greeted by cherished loved ones. We know Kyle is at peace and free of the pain from the last two weeks. We cannot begin to express our thanks for the wonderful and caring medical team at Vanderbilt Hospital and the tremendous outpouring of support from friends and loved ones, especially the family of Jay Rogers who have stood by our side and shared in our prayers. We also would like to thank Spencer Balentine and all of Kyle’s colleagues at Silver Trail Distillery. Kyle took so much pride in being a moonshiner, and we are grateful that he was able to work in a profession that he loved so much. It is now our turn to pray for all those who knew and loved Kyle, and to show our thanks through God that we were blessed to call him son, brother and friend for 27 years. He will be with us always.

— Rhonda, Don and Allison Rogers

Kyle’s family asks for your respect and privacy in the coming days as they lay their son to rest. Family members will not be available for comment during this difficult time. The Rogers’ family appreciates your understanding and cooperation.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Cunningham officiating. Eulogies by Mr. Shane Smith, Mr. Tim McAllister and Mr. Dustin Wilson. There will also be a white rose ceremony held by the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Kyle D.Rogers Scholarship Fund, Calloway County Board of Education, 2110 College Farm Road, Murray, Kentucky 42071

EARLIER: It’s with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that Silver Trail Distillery employee Kyle Rogers, age 28 has died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Cousins Kyle and Jay Rogers were both severely injured when their was some kind of massive equipment failure at the distillery that injured both workers on April 24. The cause of the explosion is still not known. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made public. According to WKMS in Murray, Ky, Jay Rogers is reported to be in stable condition.

Here’s a post from the Silver Trail Distillery Facebook page from Founder Spencer Balentine sharing the sad news.

“Kyle carved his name on our hearts and left a legacy etched in our minds and then like all Moonshine Legends before him…He was gone.” Godspeed my friend, Silver Trail Distillery Founder – Spencer Balentine

Posted by Silver Trail Distillery on Monday, May 11, 2015


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