Hershel Kelly (Kay) Robirds


Hershel Kelly (Kay) Robirds passed away Aug. 7, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. 

Kay was born Jan. 2, 1932, in Ozark County, Missouri. Kay was the third of six children born to Gladys (Jones) and Dallas Robirds. The family moved to “the farm” in Powell, when Kay was 5. Following graduation from Powell High School in 1949, Kay served in the U.S Navy during the Korean War years, and then earned a business administration degree from the University of Montana in Missoula.

He worked and retired from the oil industry after 25 years, primarily in Riverton, and subsequently worked 17 seasons for the Uinta County Weed and Pest Department in Evanston. Kay loved hunting and fishing in Wyoming, dogs, cats, horse racing and baseball, as well as bluegrass music, having learned to play the fiddle in his youth.

Kay married Bonnie Fay (Morrison), the love of his life, in Billings, Montana, in 1955; she passed away in 2010. He is survived by their four children: Thomas (Cristine), Terrance, Tracy and Tyler (Cathy), plus seven grandchildren: Sarah, Ryan, Christopher, Chelsea, Michael, Sadie and Landon, and six great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life is being planned for next summer. His ashes will be spread with Bonnie’s at their favorite fishing spot in the Wind River Mountains.

For those who wish to make a memorial donation, the family suggests giving to your local humane society.

Condolences may be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.

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