Robert Craig Kagy

February 27th, 1936May 6th, 2020

Robert Craig Kagy, aged 84, died May 6, 2020 in Lafayette, Colorado.

Bob spent his early years in New Orleans, LA. He received a degree in Applied Math from Tulane University.

He spent 4 years in the Air Force from 1954-1958.

Bob worked for IBM for 25 years including the time spent on the Project Gemini, which was NASA’s second human spaceflight program. He thoroughly loved working on this project.

Music was Bob’s passion. He was an accomplished pedal steel guitar player. He and his friends played in a country and western band while in high school and he continued to play throughout his lifetime.

Bob had a deep and abiding interest in philosophy, religion, and the great wisdom traditions.

Bob is survived by his daughter Karen Helsley and 2 grandchildren who reside in Texas, his current wife of 26 years, Gail, whom he met after moving to Boulder, CO in 1988, and her two children: daughter Susanne Forsyth of New York and son Scott Forsyth of Colorado and Gail’s 5 grandchildren.

He will be dearly missed. 


A private family gathering will be held to share memories, scripture verses, poetry, and prayers.








Dear Gail and family, So saddened to hear of the passing of your dear Bob. What a gentle gentleman he was. My heart goes out to you, and I send my deepest sympathies. Jean (Sobolik) Crawford
Dear Gail, We are praying for you during this difficult season. We cannot imagine the vast range of emotions that you must experience daily. Give yourself freedom to grieve the loss of you kind husband. Please know that Bob will be missed. He was a very sweet gentle man that I am honored to have known! We love you! Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Mom, When I think of Bob, I am reminded of a couple of words. The first is the word "gentleman". The dictionary defines a gentleman as: a man that will devote his life to a superior standard of conduct. ... men who are polite, calm, and considerate are the cornerstone for defining what it means to be a gentleman. I cannot think of a more accurate description of Bob. The second word I think of is "Love". The Bible describes love as: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Bob lived out these attributes of love on a daily basis I know that Bob deeply loved you Mom, and in turn you deeply loved him back. His loving, gentlemanly demeanor will be missed. Your Son, Scott
Dear Gail, We are so very sorry for your loss. Lifting you up in prayer for peace and happy memories. So grateful you have loved one near you! In a Sympathy, The Rogers family
Gail, our hearts were broken when we heard of Bob’s passing. Scott’s recollections of Bob were exactly our thoughts but Scott said them so eloquently. Bob was a gentle soul that loved you with his whole heart. Your care of him during his long illness reflected your exact love back to him. Hold tight to your wonderful memories and allow your family and friends to walk this journey with you. Bob is in the arms of God and they both will be waiting for you when your time on this earth is complete. Our thoughts and prayers are for peace during this difficult time. The Caldwells
Gail ~ In reading what is posted, I so enjoyed learning more about your husband. And, I'm grateful for the new details that I learned about his life and his loves in life. ***Applied mathematics - what a tremendous intellect! ***His military commitment - what a dedicated servant to his country! ***A hand in missions to space - what an exciting adventure! ***A passion for playing and enjoying music - what talent! ***Love for you and the family for so many years - what wisdom! No doubt that the days will definitely be different from here, but my hope is that there is richness and comfort when thoughts of Bob fill your mind because of your time together. I look forward to getting to see you, and I selfishly want to hear your stories about your life together. ~Marilou
Dear Gail and Karen, I've been thinking about Bob and remembering his eclectic tastes and admiring his pragmatic attitude. He was a true Renaissance man with wide-ranging interests. He could be rigid at times and then surprise one with his flexibility. Most of all, I remember what a gentle, sweet man he was. He was a Southern gentleman with all of the Southern charm and manners that he'd been taught. I will miss him and am sending you my heartfelt condolences. Virtual {{{HUGS}}}, Deanna