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Robert Samuel Bailey

  • On May 11, 2020

Robert Samuel Bailey, age 84, of Rochester Township, formerly of Slippery Rock Township, an enlisted Korean army veteran, passed away on April 30, 2020. Born on March 29, 1936 in Ambridge, he was the son of the late Marion Bailey and Adda (McAllister) Bailey. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Lou Fountain (Etters); an infant son; granddaughter Megan Fountain; sisters Virginia Moore married to Vince, Marian “Betty” Dixon and two husbands 1st Arthur Clark killed in the service and Russell Dixon, Adeline Bailey, and brother Jack Bailey married to Edith Lansberry. Robert is survived by those left to cherish his memory, his daughters, Bonnie Bailey, of West Virginia, Deborah Bailey, of Florida, Brenda (Jay) Wilkinson, of Florida,  Sharon (Don) Harlan, of Princeton, and Elizabeth “Izzie” (George) Mitsch of Rochester Township, his sons Bruce Fountain , Princeton, and David (Sherri) Fountain, Portersville; special nephew Larry Clark of Texas. Larry recently reconnected with Dad who was raised as a brother; special neighbors who he affectionately called the “Kids” Kelli and Dale Lanham; grandchildren Justin, Rebekah, Jordan, Josh, Jasmine, Jason, Camie, Malia, Christy, Wendy, Eric, Heather, Melanie, Jon III, Raymond , Michael, Dana, Jesse, Derrick, Devin, Dustin, Jillian, Tasha, Tyler, and Abby; also survived by numerous great-grandchildren. Dad enjoyed the simple life by porch sitting, picnics, flea markets, gardening, all animals including his miniature horses and the best trained dog “Cole” his steady companion of many years. Dad was always working and tinkering!  Dad hated snakes, disliked outhouses, and was afraid of bears.  He didn’t believe in Sasquatch. If Dad was suspicious of someone, he referred to them as a “Jabonie”. Dad would want to  thank the VA healthcare Pittsburgh and Butler especially Kristin Molinar.  Dad was always treated as if he was the only patient entrusted in their care. Also, Dad loved his care team from Anova Health Services, that included Chris Bedford, RN, and Joe Fotis, PT who he affectionately called the “boys” and Patty Chenet Skerlec, our wonderful home health aide.  Thank you to Vitas hospice, especially Andrea Gray, RN  who quietly directed Dad’s end of life care and was a calming force. Thank you to Clarissa, our overnight nurse.  A special thank you to Leni Gerace who supported, visited and assisted with Dad throughout his ordeal. A military memorial service will take place at a future date at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Honor Dads memory by donating to your local Humane Society. Arrangements entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, Robinson Township. 


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Tami Miller
  • May 12 2020
Sharon Don and Mariah, I am so sorry for your loss. It was so strange when I saw this, because I remembered him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Tami and Jerry Miller
Patty Chenet Skerlec
  • May 12 2020
I had the pleasure of being one of Bob's caregivers...My life was made better knowing him! R.I.P. Bob...Love...Patty Chenet Skerlec
Deborah Bailey
  • May 13 2020
Rest in Peace, dad. What a great tribute to your life. I learned a few things about you that I didn't know. I'm so thankful that you were comfortable and taken well care of by so many, especially Izzie for being your special angel here on earth. I'm also thankful that we were able to reconnect and spend some quality time together over the past several years. I will cherish those moments. Anytime I see a hummingbird I will think of you. Until we meet again. Love, Your daughter, Debbie