Robert "Bob" Bailey
Nov 4, 1942 - Sep 27, 2013
Robert Joseph “Bob” Bailey was born in Winner, South Dakota on Nov. 4th,
1942 to Robert E. and Lillian M. ( Wagner ) Bailey and passed to his
eternal reward at his home on September 27 after a courageous battle with
bone cancer. Bob grew up on the family ranch south and west of Dallas,
South Dakota. He attended and graduated from Gregory High School, where he
participated in all available sports, excelling in most and achieving
State Star Farmer status in FFA. He attended Dakota Wesleyan College in
Mitchell, South Dakota on a football scholarship. He married Bette Jean
Robinson in October, 1961. To this union five sons were born. They moved
to Omaha, Nebraska where he continued his college education. In 1964 they
moved to Wheatland, Wyoming, where for a short time they owned and
operated an implement business. The marriage ended in divorce in 1972. Bob
went on to be a salesman, selling industrial snow removal equipment for
many years living at times in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Idaho and South
Dakota, but always considering Wyoming his home, moving to Riverton in
1989. He also drove trucks for BTI in the late 90’s to 2003. In 1979 he
married Jodi Canfield. To this union, one son was born.
They were later divorced.
On May 3rd, 1980, Bob
joined AA and spent the next 33 years helping people all over the country
achieve the same state of sobriety that he so treasured and enjoyed. In
1985 he met and married Lori McCrillis. To this union one son was born.
They later divorced. In 2000 he met and fell in love with Debbie Evans.
In 2003 he went to work for Fremont School District # 25 working with
handicapped children at Riverton High School as a paraeducator, winning
the regional paraeducator of the year award in 2012. He continued to work
in that capacity until shortly before his death.
Bob was a life long member of the Catholic Church and enjoyed and loved
all of his family, family gatherings, hunting, fishing and football. Bob
was an avid horseman, being horseback from an early age and remaining so until
shortly before his death. He loved working brandings, riding in the
mountains to camp and fish, rodeo and especially team penning where in
2005 he won a saddle for the “Pennem Up” 6 event series.
Bob leaves to mourn his passing; Debbie, the love of his life, six sons
and one step-daughter: Jeff (Candi) of Moscow, Idaho, Jason of Denver,
Colorado, Jim (Janine) of Longmont, Colorado, Joel (Anna) of Sheridan,
Wyoming, Jeremiah of Durango, Colorado, Jacob of Watkins, Colorado,
Shawna at home, his brother Ron (Lorri) of Dubois, ten grandchildren,
eight nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends and relatives all of
whom will miss his infectious smile and willingness to help anybody with
anything anywhere at any time.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; son John; his brother Dick, and
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home with a rosary at 7:00 pm also at Davis Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:00 am at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church with internment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.