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Vernon John Kay

Vernon John Kay

Funeral service for Vernon Kay will be on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Okabena with Pastor Steve Weiss officiating. Burial will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Worthington.

Visitation will be on Sunday, August 18, 2013, from 2:00PM until 4:00 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Lakefield. There will be a time of sharing at 3:30PM. Visitation will resume on Monday at 9:00 AM until the time of the service.

Vernon John Kay was born on his family farm in Alba Township, Jackson County, Minnesota on February 21, 1917, to Emil and Clara (Gruber) Kay. He was the oldest of three children. Vernon was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Okabena. He graduated from Okabena High School, attended Augustana College for one year and then studied business at Nettleton College, both in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While at college he met Grace Dise. The two were married on April 10, 1938 in Aurelia, Iowa. After the wedding he began farming with his father and Uncle Fred. The farm was honored as a Century Farm in 2012 by the Minnesota State Fair Board. Vernon and Grace had one daughter, Marsha Yvette Kay Lewis, who died in 2006. Vernon lived on his birth farm until the time of his death. He passed away at Colonial Manor Nursing Home on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the age of 96 years, five months, and 24 days.

Vernon was a founding member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Okabena where he was also treasurer for many years. He was very active in the community serving for 47 years as the Alba Township Clerk, and was also on the Okabena School Board. Vernon and Grace were avid school supporters; they could be seen at numerous school events in their special bleacher. Vernon and Grace began square dancing in 1951 and were charter members of the Worthington Turkey Trotters Square Dance Club. They danced in many states.

Vernon is survived by his wife of 75 years, Grace of rural Okabena, two sisters-in-law Margaret (David) Ford of Dalton, MN and Mary Dise of Kingman, AZ, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vernon is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Velma (John) Berney and Selda (Carl) Barnes; and his daughter and son-in-law: Marsha (J.D.) Lewis.

Blessed be the memory of Vernon John Kay.

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