Kay Eugene Earhart of Los Angeles, CA, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2024 of natural causes. He was born November 2, 1933 in Bluffton, Indiana, son of Roland and Lucile Earhart. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, and is survived by daughters Katharine, Elizabeth, and son Charles, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two stepchildren, Brant and Brenna, and eight step-grand and step-great grandchildren.
During high school he participated in sports and was active in the Baptist Church and Boy Scouts. With the rank of Eagle Scout, he was selected as Senior Patrol Leader to lead 50 Anthony Wayne Council Boy Scouts at the 1950 World Boy Scout Jamboree held at Valley Forge Park, PA. He graduated from Bluffton High School in 1951, Miami University (Ohio) in 1955, and attended Southern Methodist University post graduate school. During college he was a member of the swim team and Alpha Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
He became a commissioned U.S. Navy Officer and earned his Aviator Wings of Gold in 1958. He served twenty-two years of Navy active duty worldwide service, and retired in 1978 with the rank of Commander. Upon retiring from the military, he worked in the aerospace industry for ten years in the Los Angeles area. Upon his final retirement, he and his wife, Patricia, enjoyed extensive travel, entertaining family and friends, playing bridge, and attending church, where he was an usher. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, scuba diving, and spent numerous hours restoring a classic 1947 MGTC. He was a life member of the VFW, Military Officers Association, and Lions International.
Private family services will be held later in the fall of 2024.
In lieu of flowers, tribute gifts for Kay Earhart may be made to: The American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515,<https://www.macular.org> , 1.888.622.8527
Arrangements are entrusted with Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello.
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