Robert “Bob” E. McKay passed away after losing his battle with cancer.
Bob was an intelligent man, had been a concert violinist for a time and had once played with The Green Bay Youth Symphony. He graduated in 1970 from Green Bay Southwest High School and subsequently attended UW-Madison, remaining in Madison for three decades. Bob returned to Green Bay after his mother passed away at the request of his father.
An adventurous soul, Bob would regale us with tales of hitchhiking and riding the rails one summer across the country and back. Bob had a dry sense of humor and was a consummate Chess player that would play chess by mail (yes snail mail!) with his father and grandfather. Their games would last for months! Bob loved cats and still carried his most adored pets nametag reading “Gato” on his key chain.
Bob was always a “man with a cause”. His most recent cause was the Loyal Order of the Moose Fraternity and its charities, Moose Heart a city for underprivileged children and Moose Haven a retirement community for members of the Moose Fraternity. Bob held several offices during his 16 years as a member of the Moose which included serving as the Governor of Lodge 801, at which he did a great job. Bob cared deeply about the Lodge and for what it stands.
Bob will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his five siblings and their families, sister, Valerie and Stuart Nelson and daughters, Rachel and Stephanie, brother, Scott and Susan McKay and sons, Donald and Michael, brother, Keith and Stasia McKay and children, Alicia, Alex and Sarah, sister, Tracy and Bill North and children Justin, Brad and Samantha, and brother, James McKay and daughters, Amanda, Brianna and Emily.
Bob is further survived by his close friends in Madison, Bill Byrne and Jim Dronzek, and his close friend for the last decade or so, Julia Lloyd Ross of Green Bay.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Donald D. and Marilyn J. McKay
For those who would like to pay their respects, a visitation and the Moose Service of Tribute will be held at The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 801, 846 Morris Avenue, Green Bay, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service beginning at 3:15 p.m.
The family would like to thank the staff at St Vincent’s Hospital that treated Bob for his illness and Lyndahl Funeral Home for their help in caring for Bob on his final journey.