William Rudolph Kays

August 19, 1927July 14, 2021

William Rudolph “Rudy” Kays, 93, 85+ year resident of Crescent Hill, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

He was the youngest of 8 children born to Granville Lee Kays & Lola Terrill Kays. Born in Willisburg, Kentucky, on August 19, 1927. He married the love of his life, Ambie Koerner Kays, in 1945 and they left on their wedding night for his Navy training in Norman, Oklahoma and had 71 years together. In the U.S. Navy Rudy taught jet plane mechanics.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife, and daughter, Lisa Kays Cissell. Rudy had 4 children, Larry Kays, Linda Kays Cissell, Byron Kays and Lisa Kays Cissell, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He Retired from Smith Transfer Trucking Co where he was the Supervisor of the Repair Center. He was a member of Beechwood Baptist Church and most recently attended Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater, Fl.

Rudy was never seen without a smile and was known by his warm greetings and hugs. He was “full of Jesus”; a gift from God. He blessed many lives and will be deeply missed by all who had the honor to know him.

Guests are invited to a visitation on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 9-11am with a funeral service to follow at 11am at Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home, 2428 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40206. A graveside service will be held following the funeral service at Louisville Memorial Gardens East, 11601 Ballardsville Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40241.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 23, 2021


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Mary Jane Jslbleib (Von Bokern)

July 24, 2021

I’ll always remember the smile of your father. Byron, Linda & Larry, I’m so very sorry that I just heard of Mr Kay’s passing. I’m sorry I missed the visitation to express my deepest sympathy.
Your family will be in my prayers during this difficult time.
Remembering days of long ago on Bellaire, coming over to play in the back yard, grab a pear from the tree & see your sweet parents. ❤️ Take care! Mary Jane

Kennon Wiley

July 21, 2021

Brother William Kays remained faithful to the Lord and His church. It was a joy to see him arrive on Sundays and make his way into worship. He was never was without a smile and a warm word of welcome. A lesson for us all that the joy of the Lord was indeed his strength! He was a man who no doubt was full of love for our Savior and his family. While we grieve in our loss on this side of glory, we know that due to his faith in Christ and his surrendering to His Lordship that we will one day see our brother again. Our deepest sympathies to William's precious family and loved ones. We are grateful for the hope we have in Christ!

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 1 Thes 4:13