Morris A. Kay

Morris A Kay passed away to his heavenly home on May 15, 2022.

He was born on July 31st, 1932 in St John, KS to Albert E Kay and Ellamay Garmin Kay.

Morris excelled in athletics in high school. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1953 where he was captain of the Kansas Jayhawk football team and a member of the Lamda Chi Omega fraternity.  Morris lettered in both the University of Kansas football team (1951-1953) and the Kansas University Track team (1952-1953).

Upon graduation, Morris served in the United States Army and returned to Lawrence KS where he became a leader in the community.

Morris was proud of his native state of Kansas and was honored to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives (1967-1973). He went on to be a Gubernatorial candidate in 1972 and Majority Leader of the house in 1973. He was appointed as Regional Administrator to the Environmental Protection Agency by President Ronald Regan (1987-1989) and reappointed by President George H. W. Bush (1990-1994).

Morris later became an entrepreneur and continued being an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife Sandra Kay of the home, his son Brad Kay of Evergreen, CO, grandson Jacob Kay of Indian Hills, CO and Granddaughter Sarah Kay of Denver, CO.

Services will be held at The First United Methodist Church 946 Vermont St. Lawrence, Kansas 66044 on July 8th, 2022 at 10:00am.  Reception to follow from 11-1pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to American Heart Association or First United Methodist Church, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Nancy Wilson...

Sandy, it’s been many years since we taught together at Northwest. I just wanted you to know that my heart hurts for you in the loss of Morris.

From chris thompson...

Sandi, on behalf of Lawrence Country Club, I wanted to pass along our condolences. Morris was such a special part of our LCC family and the community as a whole. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Rest in peace.

From Ron Ritter...

Sandi: My thoughts and prayers are with you. Found out about Morris death through the EPA retiree’s network. We shared many things at EPA and EnviroCo which I will always value. He was generally two steps ahead of me. He was a great friend. May he rest in peace.

From Garth and Enid Terlizzi...

Sandi…Oh my, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Morris was a long time friend, neighbor, client, and fellow golfer. In the 80″s and 90’s Morris and I would walk behind our homes at LCC on #12 hole and play golf in the early evening. We got along so well…he was quite a guy. Enid and I will miss seeing you on Friday nights at LCC. We extend our love to you and RIP Morris. Unfortunately, we are in AZ and cannot attend his services. Garth and Enid Terlizzi.🙏✝️♥️

From beth berg...

Oh Sandi ! My heart goes out to you !
Rest in peace, Morris.
“Though the voice is quiet, the Spirit echoes still..”

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