McKay Robert J. McKay, age 75, of Menomonie, WI died Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health Systems in Menomonie. He was born April 13, 1927 in LaCrosse, WI to Leslie and Miriam (Dake) McKay. He was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years and then returned to Menomonie and received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from U.W. Stout. Bob married the former Phyllis Williams in Story City, Iowa. He taught Industrial Arts in Great Falls, MT and also coached basketball. He took several teams to state and won the Montana State Basketball Tournament one year. In 1957, he moved to the Twin Cities and taught Industrial Arts in St. Louis Park High School, later retiring as Vocational Director in 1986. He returned to Menomonie a few years later. In his younger days, Bob enjoyed taking his Labradors to field trials with his father. He was a very good golfer and an avid sports fan, especially of basketball. He was also a great fan of his grandchildren's sporting events. Bob was a member of the American Legion, the F. & A.M. Paul Revere Lodge 321 of St. Louis Park, MN and a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Minneapolis. With Bob's death, we have lost a strong supporter of public education. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Bob is survived by a daughter, Leslie (Michael) Foley of Mound, MN; a son, John (Barb) McKay of Knapp; a very special friend, Mary Langford of Menomonie; 4 grandchildren, Rachel and Justin Foley, Travis and Ashley McKay; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; & his wife, Phyllis. Funeral services will be at 1:30 PM Friday, May 24, 2002 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie. Friends may call 4-8 PM Thursday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Published on May 23, 2002

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