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Robert Brent Kay

Feb. 4, 1947 - Feb. 13, 2021

Date of Service: Feb. 26, 2021

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BURLEY – Robert Brent Kay was born Feb. 4, 1947, in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of Merlin Leon and Florence W Morgan Kay.

Robert lived the first five years of his life on a ranch in the shadow of the Teton mountains. The next six years were a drastic change because his dad took a job with a petroleum company and drilled wells. They lived in a mobile home and moved two to three times every year until he was 11 years old. At that time his family purchased a small farm near Rupert. He learned to work milking cows, plowing fields, and hoeing beets.

He was very athletic and enjoyed high school athletics at Minico High School where he was a state champion wrestler his senior year. He served a full-time mission to Germany and then attended college at Brigham Young University. He married Jackie Bailey in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple and they had three children, Justin, Shannon, and Logan.

After graduating from BYU, he worked as a quality control supervisor at J R Simplot, moved on to Amalgamated Sugar Company as a chemist, and then switched careers and sold life and health insurance. He purchased Papa Kelsey’s of Burley in the early 90s and ran the restaurant until his retirement.

Bob served as a counselor in the bishopric, as a bishop, and as a counselor in the Burley Idaho West Stake presidency. He and his wife spent a year in Germany on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He spent his free time golfing, fly fishing, hunting, attending BYU football games, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie, of 51 years; his three children and their spouses; 13 grandchildren; and six siblings.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, he passed away at home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 74 of terminal brain cancer. He had a positive and lasting influence for good on those around him and is greatly missed.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Burley West Stake Center, located at 2420 Parke Ave., in Burley, with Bishop Jeremy Haymore officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Heyburn.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and at the church on Friday, from 10 until 10:45 a.m.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/yA2QjHYX86A.

To continue in assisting to mitigate the on-going effects of COVID-19, the wearing of face masks and social distancing will be practiced.

Condolences for Robert Brent Kay

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From Dave & Marilyn Gibbons:
Jackie and family, We send our sympathy and condolences. Bob was such a kind, spiritual person. Our love and prayers to you and your family.
From Barlows:
Our dear friends, our hearts are truly with you as you give your last earthy goodbyes to your husband, fathe, father in law, and grandfather. Our prayers are with you for strength and comfort. We loved you all.
From Kim Wilcox:
Jackie, kids, and the Kays
Sincere condolences even though we're far away. Our families are linked by blood as well as friendship and being neighbors through the early years, and we send our thoughts and prayers to be with all of you at this time of need.
From Terry and Cathryn Garner :
We were so very sad to hear of Bob’s passing. We truly enjoyed serving in the temple together. Jackie we send our heart felt condolences to you and your family. May you be wrapped in the love of our Savior at the time.
From Terry and Judy McCurdy:
We are saddened at the passing of Bob. He was a kind man and dedicated temple worker. He will be sorely missed.
From LeAnna M Steineckert:
Dear Jackie,
I am so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I'm sorry that your time with him on this earth has been cut short, and I pray for comfort and strength to accompany you as you navigate this hard turn in your life.
I loved being associated with you on our missions, getting to know you, sharing stories about Rupert, Burley, and Minico High School. What great experiences we had in the Frankfurt German Mission.
May you have a measure of Heaven's peace during this hard time.
LeAnna Maughan Steineckert
801 310 6312
From Lori Hill Wood:
My dads true friend. Friends are forever.
From Brian & Deb Barlow:
We feel his loss deeply and know that your pain at his loss is heartbreaking. We pray that you will have extra comfort and peace as you say goodbye to this wonderful man. His life has touched many for the good.
From Lori & Jeff Markle :
Dear Jackie,
We love you and Bob and will hold dear the memories of our time together in Germany. You to were a blessing to all who met you and made a significant contribution to the Lord's work. What an opportunity to know you to work together and explore together on Pday. Bob's smile and good humor were contagious. We pray for your comfort and peace as you remain earthside and are apart for a while. I'm sure he'll be watching out for all of you. Much love to you and your family.
From Meredith weese:
My prayers to all the Kay families, know of my love and concerns for each of you.. I to am sorry for his departure. I like being in the presence of this guy and his gentle way. Merlin and Flossie raised a great family. My sympathy to each of you. Meredith Weese


From Stephen Jenks:
So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. Mu brother DeVaughn just passed away on the 12th of February. I have fond memories of Bob in scouts, church, school, and just life back in our younger years. He was a strong man that stood up for what he believed in. I'm as better person for having associated with Bob and the Bailey family.
From Linnell Watson:
I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a giant of a man and always so thoughtful and kind. He was a wonderful bishop to me. Keeping you Jackie and all the Kay family in my prayers
From David and Viola Ricks:
Jackie and family we are all sorry to loose a dear friend. There were many more things in life that I was hoping to learn from Bob but I guess I will have to put it off for a while. He wanted to teach me a way to do some family history He knows those answers now. We will also miss him.
From Chad and Bonnie Jones:
To Jackie and family,
Our deepest sympathies to you. Bob was our first bishop when we moved out into Star Ward. So gentle and kind an amazing leader. We loved working with you on our first trek in Wyoming! Great man and great family!
From Kathaleen Braegger:
Dear Jackie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s early graduation from this life. I miss just knowing he is here. He has been a friend since childhood in the Heyburn Ward, a very kind and considerate next door neighbor and such a special bishop in the Star Ward. My prayers are with you his family, I know he has been a great teacher and influence, you will continue to feel his love and influence in your lives. The reunion one day will be so glorious!
From Doug Manning:
Bob was one of the best. Always enjoyed great conversations and laughter. I will miss him greatly. Our best to the family.
From Sharon Jeppson:
Gentle giant. Thank for your leadership in the stake. To Jackie and family
From Beth Wrigley:
Jacque and family, there are not enough words to express how sorry we are that you lost this special man. Prayers for your comfort during this time of saying goodbye. Know that you are all loved.
From Carla Heward:
Good memories of Bob and Jackie and their family as our families grew up in Star Ward. Bob also served as our bishop and we spent some time serving together; he in Young Men and I in Young Women. I always found him to be a kind person and good man. Our sympathies. Lynn and Carla Heward.
From Janet Manning:
Jackie and Family, I was sad and surprised to hear of Bob's "graduation". I have great memories of all your family through school, church, and friendships. Know you are in our family's prayers. Our family understands a little of what you are going through.
From Paul & Susan Young:
Our dear friend, Bob, will be sorely missed. Many times we were taught great principles by him at our Family Home Evenings together and he was a living example of true discipleship.
Jackie and family, we pray the tender mercies of the Lord will be in abundance during this time of loss.
From Steve and Joyce Westfall:
Bob was one of the really nice people. Best wished and prayers to Jackie and family. Prayers to you. With our sympathy, Steve and Joyce Westfall
From Tammi Pollard:
Jackie and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, may you find comfort in those around you at this time and may the lord bless you all. Love Tammi Pollard and Famiky
From Ursula Byington :
Dear Jackie and family, in this difficult time, May the Savior bring you peace and love. May you also take comfort in the sweet memories of a beautiful life. With sympathy, Dennis and Úrsula Byington
From Leon and Dori Clegg:
Bob was the dearest of friends to my family. Not only did I have the opportunity to work side by side in callings in the church, but also got to work hand in hand on a personal basis in the food business. Such a treat over the years. Always kind in thought and deed and such a Christ like servant in all he did. The fun times of talking BYU football over the years. Even when Bob thought I was a Utah Ute plant. May Heavenly Father comfort each of you in this time of saying goodbye. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to you. All our love. Leon and Dori
From Eileen A. Petersen:
Jacque and family, we send our deep, heart-felt condolences. Bob was such a great person--in all ways, We pray you and your family will be surrounded by the love of the Savior at this sad time. Love from Eileen Petersen and family.
From Jack and Laura Hill:
It’s always difficult to bid a dear friend farewell. Our prayers and condolences go out to Jackie and the Kay family.

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