Obituary Record

Henry Kay
Died on 8/11/1951

16 Aug., 1951 - The Enterprise

Kay, Henry, 41

Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Benson


Date and place of publication of this article were not recorded



Henry Kay, 41-year-old tavern owner, was killed in an automobile accident in Ft. Calhoun early Saturday morning of last week. His new car skidded into a telephone pole and he was badly crushed about the chest resulting in his death The accident took place at the north edge of town on Highway 73.

The cause of the accident is not definitely known but marks at the scene of the crash revealed that one wheel of his car got off the edge of the pavement throwing it out of control and sending it spinning sideways into a pole. The car, a new Mercury sedan which he had owned but a month and had driven only 1500 miles, was wrecked beyond repair.

Close acquaintances of Kay have stated that he had been having some trouble with the foot feed of his car, the accelerator sometimes sticking. It has been surmised that Kay may have reached down to free the stuck throttle and in doing lost control of his car.

Kay was the operator of "Hank's Tavern" on Front street which is located in the building which has been under reconstruction for a number of months.

Henry Richard Kay was born February 17, 1910 in the south part of Washington county. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kay, both of whom survive. They still reside on the family farm in the Wranch school district.

He grew to manhood in the Wranch district and entered military service in 1942. He served in the armed forces for 39 months. Much of this time he spent as a truck driver in an army transport. Upon being released from the army he returned to Blair to enter the tavern business.

He is survived by his parents and 3 brothers and 3 sisters. These are: Herman C. Kay, of Blair; Reuben Kay, of Benson; Irvin Kay, of Bennington; Mrs. R.F. Thaden, of Omaha; Miss Idena Kay, of Hollywood, California and Mrs. Arnold Ewaldt, of Benson.

Following the fatal accident the body was taken to the Bendorf Funeral Home in Blair pending arrangements. Services were held at Bennington from the Hadan Funeral Home with the Bendorf Service of Blair in charge. Burial was made in the Mt. Hope Cemetery near Benson. Pallbearers were William Kay of Benson; Tony Matzen, of Bennington; Rymer Fedde, Bennington; Arthur Dornacker, of Bennington, Fred Puls, of Kennard and Arthur Tietje, of Omaha.

~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

Find a Grave # 187641194;Born 17 Feb 1910; Died 11 Aug 1951

Printed in the Washington County Enterprise on 8/16/1951