Harold Lavern Kay, of Troy, Mo., and Minot, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Trinity Hospital in Minot. Harold had been richly blessed with over 90 years.
Harold was born Sept. 20, 1919, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Thomas Kay and Ethel (Pohl) Kay. The majority of his growing-up years he spent in an orphanage. He was fortunate, because of the times, to have received an eighth-grade education.
Harold served in the Army from 1941 to 1945. He proudly served his country during World War II, serving in France, England and Germany, and was awarded the Silver Star.
Upon completion of his military service, he returned to the St. Louis area and obtained employment with the McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co. (now Boeing), where he worked on the production line of the Gemini Space Capsule and the F-4, F-15, and F-18 fighter aircraft, among others. He retired in 1984 after 33 years of service.
Harold married Mildred LaVern Powers of St. Louis on June 12, 1946. Their loving union was blessed with six children: Harold A. Kay (Karen) of Peveley, Mo., William E. Kay (Barbara) of Minot, Martha Maguire, of Independence, Mo., Lelia Sentman, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Linda Hayeslip (Jeff) of St. Charles, Mo.; and John P. Kay (Rebekah) of Grand Forks.
He is survived by: all six children and many grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, in 1984.
Harold made his home with his son, William, in Minot, following the death of his second wife, Delores, in 2003.
Harold was one of the founding fathers of the Assembly of God Church in Troy, Mo., and took great pride in his duties there of Sunday morning greeter.
Harold's favorite pastimes were reading National Geographic, Readers Digest, watching the History Channel on television and attending the First Assembly of God Church in Minot.
Funeral service: Will take place on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at 2 p.m. in First Assembly of God Church, Troy, Mo.
Private Interment: Troy City Cemetery, Troy.
Visitation: Sunday, one hour prior to the service, at the church in Troy.
Memorials: Are preferred to First Assembly of God Church in Troy or to First Assembly of God Church in Minot.
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(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, and McCoy & Blossom Funeral Home, Troy)