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Robert Shay

July 4, 1946 - October 30, 2018

U.S. Veteran

     Services: 10:30 a.m. – Monday, November 5, 2018 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr

    Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong

    Open Viewing: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm, Sunday, Nov, 4

    Some Family Present: 4:00 pm–6:00 pm, Sun, Nov 4

    All Family Present: 9:30 am – 10:30 am, Mon, Nov 5

    Burial: St. Mary Cemetery – Maloy, Iowa

    Military Rites: Ringgold Post #172, American Legion & Iowa Army Honor Guard

    Memorials: Mount Ayr Track Program

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Robert Edward Shay, son of Robert Thomas and Norma Lucille Jones Shay, was born on July 4, 1946, at the Creston hospital in Creston, Iowa.  Bob was welcomed into his family by his sister Janice and then later joined by his younger sister Carol.  Bob spent his childhood on the family farm southwest of Benton, Iowa.  He attended Mount Ayr High School and graduated with the class of 1964.

On September 2, 1967, Bob was united in marriage to Kathryn Ann Kuhl at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Creston, Iowa.  Bob was drafted into the US Army on January 24, 1968, and went to basic training in Fort Bliss, Texas.  He left for Vietnam on his birthday, July 4, 1968, and was assigned to the 109th Quartermaster Company Air Support Division based at Cam Rahn Bay.  Here he was qualified serving on supply drop missions.  In Vietnam, Bob earned the National Defense Service Medal, two overseas bars, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Marksman M-14 Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Purple Heart.  Bob returned stateside on his birthday, July 4, 1969, and was honorably discharged on October 31, 1969.

Bob farmed in partnership with his father and like the generations before him, he was a cattleman.  He was a proud father of his four sons and was an avid supporter of their involvement in athletics and other activities.  Bob was an outdoorsman and nature enthusiast, enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping and could play cards with the worthiest opponent.  In recent years, he enjoyed traveling the tractor pull circuit, visiting all of the different venues and visiting with friends. Bob was a member of the Ringgold County Fair Board and volunteered annually at the Iowa Boys High School State Wrestling Tournament for more than 40 years.

Bob passed away on October 30, 2018, at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa.  He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Norma Shay.

Those left to cherish his memory include sons Roby (Natalie) of Johnston, IA, Cody (Karen) of Shannon City, IA, Tory (Brandi) of Tingley, IA  and Cassidy (Angie) of Urbandale, IA, grandchildren Kelsy, Luke and Brady Shay, Addison, Adler and Adden Shay and Caden, Kinsie and Kinley Shay, sisters Carol (Jim) Sheldon of Des Moines, IA and Janice (David) Lindemoen of Des Moines, IA, nieces, other relatives and friends.