Roby C. Kight, 88, longtime resident of the Paducah and Kevil communities, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Baptist Health Paducah.
Roby was born in St. Louis, MO on December 24, 1927 and attended Southeast Missouri University. He retired from Union Carbide Atomic Plant in Paducah after thirty-five years of service. He was a chemical engineer for the plant, and received numerous federal patents for his work with uranium enrichment processes. His hobby became farming, and upon retirement, began to work on his passion, growing hybrid papershell pecans, becoming the largest producer in the state of Kentucky.
He served on the board of directors of the Kentucky Nutgrowers Association. He also worked with youth baseball teams in the Paducah Khoury League Athletic Association, the Paxton Park Carbide Golf League, and the Paducah Men's Bowling Association. He was a member of the Moose Club.
Roby was a long-time member of Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and assisted with the advisory group to relocate, design, and build the new church.
He is survived by his wife, Martha O'Bryan Kight; sons, Steve (Barbara) Kight and Richard (Linda) Kight, all of Paducah; step-daughter-in-law, Patty Sanders of Benton; grandchildren, Barry (Amy) Kight of Paducah, Laura (Dan) Musick of Virginia, and Kathleen (Jeff) Stone of Paducah; step-grandchildren, Kevin (Jessica) Cartwright of Kansas City, MO; great-grandsons, Tanner, Charles, and Matthew; step-greatgrandchildren, Christopher, Hope, and Sahara Cartwright; sister, Doris (Leon) Keilhofner of Perkins, MO; two nieces and one nephew.
Preceding him in death were an infant sister and his parents, Roby C. Kight, Sr. and Rose Schwach Kight.
Funeral services will be held at 1pm Saturday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Doug Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 10am Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3760 Metropolis Lake Road, West Paducah, KY 42086 or Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502.
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 1:00pm, Milnor & Orr
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens