Robert “Bob” Edward Kay, 78, of Superior, Arizona, passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family on June 26, 2020.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Bob’s family moved to Arizona when he was a young boy. He attended school in Tucson and San Manuel. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Germany during the building of the Berlin Wall. Upon his honorable discharge he returned to Arizona where he met Sandra Jeffrey who would become his wife of 46 years. He was a resident of Superior for 58 years. He worked for Magma Copper in 1962 until the mine shut down in 1982. Then worked at the Pinto Valley Mill where he was injured and ultimately medically retired in 1992. Bob never adjusted to the disabilities associated with the accident, which caused great bitterness for the remainder of his life. He enjoyed music, the car hobby, dancing and occasional visit to the casinos.
He is survived by his children, Ron, Tracy, Jeff and CJ. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Jennifer, Michelle, Robby, Andrew and Trinity. He is also survived by two brothers, Richard (Donna) and Jim. He leaves behind many, many nieces and nephews, and two dear friends, Alice Pierce and Ricki Huggins.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Sandra; grandson, Cameron; and parents, James and Amy Kay.
Bob was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was loved by so many and will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
A Celebration of Bob’s life with military honors will be held at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.