We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Rawls Mortuary
Bro. Juan N. Pyle made his transition from his Earthly residence to everlasting Eternity on September 1, 2021 in Indianapolis In.
Juan Nicholito Pyle, also known as “D.J. Whip” was born April 13, 1967 in Kansas City, Missouri through the union of William Anthony “Pete” Pyle and Albertine “Tina” McKinley. Pete and Tina relocated to Brooklyn, New York with their new born “Juanito” as he was affectionately called by his New York family. Sadly, it was only a year later when his Father Pete went home to be with the Lord. Tina decided to return home to Kanas City, Missouri to raise her Son. She would later marry Michael Harmon who loved Juan as his own Son and Juan grew up happy calling him Dad.
From elementary to High School Juan was educated in various cities in the United States, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, Country Club Hills, Ill, and Pennsylvania to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Juan was a leader and not a follower. He liked being independent and always maintained a job. A few of his jobs included Otis Elevator in Bloomington, Indiana, McLeod USA, and The Anthem in Indianapolis to name a few. In addition, to his many positions his love of music started him on what would become his permanent side job as a Disc Jockey. This creative journey spanned over 30 years. He became known as D.J. Whip and was a well-respected D.J. by everyone including all the Greek Fraternities and Sororities on the campus. He deejayed everything from Greek parties, graduations, night clubs, weddings and even the Indiana Pacers of the N.B.A. and the Indianapolis Colts of the N.F.L. Juan was the D.J. who gave musical life to all events. To give some kind of normalcy during the pandemic Juan would often have a virtual “Club Covid” party so that friends and family could enjoy a good mix of music.
Juan was very conscientious and made a difference in his community. He did not join a fraternity during his time at Indiana University because he had friends in all the fraternities, he found his niche in 2003 when he was one of the first members to join the 317 Ryders Motorcycle Club. Thus, his love of riding motorcycles would allow him to ride and be a part of something more constructive than ride up and down the local Indianapolis streets. Founded and established in 2002 by 8 business professional motorcycle riders, Juan would go on to become the Vice President in March of 2007 and then President from November 2010 to 2018. During his 8-year tenure the club membership grew to as many as 100 or more. Another admirable quality was Juan’s concern about the fallen riders and their families. Whether it was with the 317 Ryders or another club, to Juan, the Motorcycle Club community was all family and he treated them that way. When “Prez” as they called him retired as president, he was the first to receive the 317 Ryder's Motorcycle Club highest honor "The Golden Eagle Award” for his leadership, sacrifice and dedication to the club. On January 1, 2020, Juan helped birth the 317 Ryders Foundation, Inc. The Foundation mission is to impact and improve the lives of citizens of the greater community by helping people to achieve personal freedom.
Although Juan engaged in many activities his main love was family. He adored his son Braylon and adopted son Jaylon, his three beautiful grandchildren Angel, Anthony and Adrienne who called him Paw-Paw. His children were his pride and joy as he spent time teaching solid life lessons as well as engaged in all kinds of fun activities with them. He cherished his parents and felt blessed to have their unconditional love and support. Additionally, he loved and enjoyed his extended family everywhere.
Our hearts were deeply saddened on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, when Juan at the age of 54, had his life cut short due to Covid 19. Juan’s memory will be cherished by his beloved Mother Albertine (McKinley) Harmon, his Stepdad Michael Harmon, Sons Braylon Pyle and Jaylon Allen; his grandchildren, Anthony, Angel and Adrienne Pyle; the 317 Ryders Family, and an enormous family filled with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends way too numerous to mention.
While our Dear and Beloved Juan will be missed, he will always live in our hearts! Until we meet again dear Juan…Rest In Power!