Robert Leslie Bailey
Date of birth: December 23 1944
Date of death: June 8 2018
Robert L. Bailey passed away in Beaverton, Oregon on June 8, 2018.
Bob was born on December 23, 1944 to Helen and James Bailey in Great Falls, Montana. He grew up in Montana, first as a farm boy near Hobson. At the age of eight, he hand fed baby lambs and learned to drive a wheat truck. Later, his family moved to Great Falls where he graduated from Central Catholic High School, class of 1963. Bob played football and basketball while at Central. He then attended Montana State University, Bozeman where he received his Bachelor of Science (1967) and Master of Science (1970) in Geology. He was in ROTC and the U.S. Army from 1968 - 1976 and was honorably discharged as a Captain.
Bob met the love of his life, Sharon Skeel, who was attending the rival college, University of Montana, Missoula. Bob and Sharon shared a deeply loving life and were married for over fifty years. Bob and Sharon have two daughters, Angela and Colette, and five grandchildren.
Many adventures began for Bob as he started his long career in Geology. During graduate school he worked with the USGS in the Spanish Peaks, Montana. He did his graduate thesis while in the Little Rocky Mountains near Zortman. For a few years after graduate school, Bob, joined by Sharon and their growing family, worked as a geologist for the Yogo Sapphire Mine at Utica, Montana.
Switching industries, Bob began a forty year career in oil services which first took him and his family to live in Ireland and Singapore. A move back to the U.S. continued the adventures to Missouri, Texas, Wyoming and back again to Texas. In 2015, while living in Houston, Texas, Bob retired as Vice President of Global Minerals at MI-SWACO. Since his retirement, he has continued to work as a consultant in oil services.
The thing Bob loved best about his work was making new friends and seeing the world. Bob was a very laid back and calm guy. He never let bumpy flights, bad airline food or long flight delays bother him. His travels took him to every corner of the globe. After their daughters were grown, Bob took Sharon along every chance he could. He had many humorous tales to tell about some of the situations he found himself in, whether it be high in the Andes, the Mojave Desert or somewhere in Morocco. Bob had a very fun loving and generous nature.
He loved to sail on any lake or ocean and any size boat or catamaran. Bob and Sharon had many fun years sailing in the Gulf of Mexico and on Flathead Lake, Montana. A camera was always with Bob and the family treasures all of the fun albums he put together from all the years of travel and time spent with his family. Most important to Bob was family. He treasured these few years of retirement living near his grandchildren and children in Oregon.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sharon, daughter Angela, daughter Colette (Jonathon Riley) and five grandchildren, Sullivan, Keegan, Mia, L.J. and Noa, his sister, Myrna (Tony Irwin), brother Jim (Karen Bailey), and many loved nephews and nieces.
To our beloved husband, dad and grandfather - we love you and will miss you dearly.
31 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Jennifer Harvey I will miss you Uncle Bob. I was always happy when you and your family came to town. It made everything a lot more fun. I will miss you. Love Jennifer
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Candle lit by Jim Thomason God bless you Bob as he cradles you in His arms.
Candle lit by Rick Magstadt Bob was a wonderful man and helped me many times with his steadfast objectivity. Rest well my friend, fellow geologist, fellow bentonite miner. The world lost a very talented, clever and fun guy.
Candle lit by M-I SWACO We will always remember our dear family member.
Candle lit by Zauhar Lapinskie The world needed your spirit Bob. You guided and touched the hearts of many and made the world a better place with you in it. May you rest in peace. You will be sorely missed but NEVER forgotten
Candle lit by Katie Humes Waldenberg Dear Sharon, Angela, Collette and family, we are thinking of you and sending love. Remembering Bob as a kind man who loved his family. <3
Candle lit by Patty O’Loughlin Murphy Flaherty My husband, Ed Flaherty, and I went to school in Great Falls, MT with Bob. He was a great guy! We are sorry that he died, and we are sending you our prayers and thoughts.
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Colette Bailey Love you Dad
Candle lit by Suzanne Seale WOW! Bob will be missed greatly. We spent a lot of time working hard and accomplishing many things in Minerals along with travel around the world to meet with our wonderful Barite Suppliers. Bob always had a story and he remembered every detail precisely - no matter how many times he told it. Bob was a great boss and friend. Very calm and understanding. I will miss you Bob Bailey and will cherish all the times we shared at work. Great Man!
Candle lit by Evgeniya Yusupov My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Candle lit by Peter Huxtable, The Barytes Association Good to have known you and for all your contributions to the Association for many years - from all your colleagues and friends. A great loss and well remembered.
Candle lit by Angela Love you dad, you will be greatly missed and NEVER forgotten.
Candle lit by Tom Eisenman The world has lost a wonderful man and gentle soul. We will all miss him.
Candle lit by Phyllis Waldenberg Over 50 years ago, Bob, you married my sister and joined our family on our train of life. It has been a joyful journey. Thank you for being one of the passengers on our train. You lived in the best way, giving and sharing love and always offered the best of who you are. Now, stepping down from the train you leave behind beautiful memories for those who knew you and will continue to travel on the train of life. When someone you love leaves forever, the space between your heart and theirs becomes a river of tears. When time helps you heal the space between your heart and theirs is filled to overflowing with love. We will miss you Dear Bob.
Candle lit by Glenn Waldenberg Sharon, Angie, Colette and family I'm so sorry for your loss. May each of you cherish the great memories of Bob and how he touched all of us in many ways.
Candle lit by Steve and Debbie Gray We are thankful for the opportunity to know Bob. The world is a little emptier today.
Candle lit by Richard Dodd Bob, it was great to work for you and even better that we remained good friends, I always enjoyed dinners with you and Sharon.
Candle lit by Terry and Marie Bailey I am so thankful I was able to reconnect with cousin Bob and meet you Sharon, first while in Houston and again a few years ago in Portland. I have fond memories of camping in the Montana mountains with my brother Mike and Bob's family when I was a young boy of about 12. Bob displayed his toughness when he was struck in the head by a large tree branch as we were riding in an open jeep to the campsite. Bob was dazed but did not want to abort the trip and spoil the event for the rest of the party. My younger brother, Richard, always spoke fondly of the time he spent with Bob in Ireland. Most recently Marie and I spent a few lovely days in Portland enjoying the hospitality of Sharon and Bob as they showed us around the area. Sharon, Angie, Colette and all Bob's family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Candle lit by Brad and Kathy DeWitt Thoughts and prayers. Bob will be greatly missed.
Candle lit by David &DeLane Cook To Bob's family, We are so sorry for your lost, I enjoyed working with Bob in Greybull. He was the best boss I ever worked for, always had a smile on his face. We used to give him a bad time about all of the time he was away from the office traveling for the company.I will have the best of memories of our time together. God Bless all of you.
Candle lit by Paula Tannrt My husband, Ken Tanner, enjoyed his visits with Bob while he was plant manager in Greybull. WY. He told me he was a kind and fair man.
Candle lit by Nancy and Neil Bredeson We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We have fond memories of times shared when you lived in Greybull. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sharon and your girls.
Candle lit by Marti Hedemann Bob u surely will be missed. I remember the bridge games at ur home in Houston. And all the fun wine tasting parties. Even though u didn't drink wine!!!
Candle lit by John Newcaster The long and rich list of tributes to Bob speaks volumes about the soul we have lost. I had the honor and privilege to travel the world with Bob for a wonderful decade. China, Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Thailand, and Russia to name just a few. Sometimes harsh and challenging but not once ever a complaint or an unkind word. Just wry humor and dedication to the job at hand. Brilliant guy and great talent. Friend to all.
Candle lit by Sonia Scott My sincere condolence to my friend Angela and her family in their time of grief. May they find comfort as they mourn the loss of their love one, Robert.
Candle lit by fred zadick Bob was a great friend in high school. Always pleasant, easy going, quiet and thoughtful. His parents were the same, a super family. We need more people like this today
Candle lit by Wally Berry I went to high school with Bob, what an amazing sense of humor he had. Always a quick smile with a witty reply to anything. He will be missed! I am very sorry for your loss! God bless
Candle lit by Melissa Hubbard My Heart and Prayers are with his family. it was a pleasure to work with him.
Candle lit by Myrna Irwin To my dear brother Bob. You were younger than me but I always looked up to you for your many achievements in life. I know you thought the world of your wonderful family; wife Sharon, daughters Angie, and Colette, and your grandchildren. I'm so happy you had them by your side through the years. Know that Jim and I love and will miss you terribly. You will always be remembered and loved. Myrna