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Ronnie G. Kay

January 26, 1937 ~ January 29, 2019 (age 82)

Ronnie Kay’s wish to see his beautiful wife Mable and son Bruce came true on January 29, 2019 as he was welcomed into the arms of his loved ones.  His journey began 82 years ago, January 26, 1937 in Tremonton, UT.  The fourth child to James Earl Kay and Thora Giles.  He worked hard on the family farm alongside his siblings Dot, Seth, Carol, and Lynn.  He loved spending time with his family and would do anything for them, he spent many hours looking after his parents.

Ronnie attended Bear River High.  There he met Mable Christensen, the prettiest girl in school.  He convinced her to marry him and they said their “I do’s” on August 30, 1957.   He was drafted shortly after and spent three years in the Army 101st Airborne Division as a Jump Master.  He then joined the 19th Special Forces and completed the Underwater Demolition Training (UDT) in San Diego, Coronado Beach, which is now known as the Navy Seals.  He was very proud to be a Veteran.

After the military, Ronnie and Mable settled in Tremonton, Utah.  He worked at Thiokol, for over 34 years, and always had his side jobs of cutting trees, and harvesting small crops.  The only time he was able to sit still for any period of time was when he was at his favorite fishing spot at Bear Lake.   Every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day was camping/fishing at Bear Lake with the Woodruff’s.  There were a lot of Bear Lake Monster stories told by the campfire, and to this day no one knows if any of them were really true.  He cherished the memories of hunting with his son Bruce and the gang.  They would plan for weeks looking forward to spending time together. 

Dad loved being with his friends.  Since his retirement he spent years on the board of directors at JC’s Diner. He looked forward to his daily coffee meetings scheduled at 6:00am, 10:00am and 4:00pm.  There was an occasional excused absence when he went “Out West” or “Up North” to drop a coin or two. 

He is survived by his daughter  Jenifer,  (Darrin Scoffield), his five beautiful granddaughters, Shannon, Alexa, Madison, Annie, Taylor, and his perfect great granddaughter Blayke, Sister Carol (Wes) Christensen, and sister-in-law Louella Kay.  He was preceded in death by his wife Mable, son Bruce, sister Dot, brothers Seth and Lynn, and parents James and Thora Kay.

Funeral Services for Ronnie will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Tremonton LDS Stake Center (660 North 300 East- Tremonton). Viewings will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home (111 North 100 East- Tremonton) and from 9:30-10:30 am prior to the funeral at the church.  Interment will be in the Bothwell Valley View Cemetery.

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