Robert “Bob” Bailey, longtime Ponca City resident, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at his home with his family and his beloved sissy cat by his side. He was 78 years of age. Bob was born Sept. 2, 1938, in Decatur, Ill., to Robert and Mary Hoffmire Bailey.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 20, in the Grace Memorial Chapel with Mrs. Amy Mabry officiating. Interment will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.
Bob grew up in Illinois and graduated from high school there and also worked on Dairy Farms while attending school. Upon graduation he joined the United States Army and began his career. He met Verna Lee Jones and they were married on Jan. 30, 1958, in Waynesville, Mo. Sadly the marriage ended in divorce but kept in touch through the years. He later married Mary Dischhauser on Sept. 30, 1972, in Dillon, S.C., and she preceded him in death in 1976. Bob married Maxine Law Butler on Aug. 6, 1977, in Dillon, S.C., and she preceded him in death in March of 2004. After Bob retired from the U.S. Army in 1978 he came to Ponca City and went to work for various companies until he went to work for Smith Bit and retired from Smith in 2010. Throughout the years Bob enjoyed camping, fishing on the river, and going to Traders Bend whenever he could. Bob also enjoyed attending his children’s activities and spending time with his grandkids.
Survivors include, 13 children, Charles Bailey and wife, Elizabeth, of Illinois, Thomas Bailey of Illinois, Richard Bailey of Illinois, Keith Bailey of Missouri, Roger Bailey and wife, Jenna, of Illinois, Robin Simmons and husband, Donald, Mary Powell and husband, Dennis, Donna Bush, Arthur Dischhauser, Lisa Dischhauser, Dennis Butler of Kansas, George Roe and wife, Donna, and Jim Roe and wife, Marsha, of Kansas. One sister, Joan Benrexi, and husband, David, of South Carolina. Also surviving are 37 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Mary and Maxine; one brother, Stephen Bailey and one sister, Katherine Hays; two sons, Robert James Bailey and Michael Bellanger; one daughter-in-law, Beth Bailey; one granddaughter, Kylie Long; one grandson, Adam Roe.
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