Robert N . Bailey

November 13, 1932 to May 7, 2014

LOWVILLE- Robert N. Bailey, 81, Tillman Rd., died Wednesday at his home while under the care of his loving family and Lewis County Hospice.

Bob was born in Cameron NY November 13, 1932 to the late George and Ruby Baily of Bath NY. He graduated from Bath High School at the age of 15. He went back to school until he was old enough to enter the US Air Force on January 5, 1951. He served his country until 1958 and was a Korean War veteran.

After the military, he attended the Forestry Program at Syracuse University. He began his career as a Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger in 1959 in Hornell, NY. While in Hornell, he organized the Bailey’s Rangers, a group of young men trained to fight forest fires. He advanced to the rank of Regional Forest Ranger and moved to Lowville, NY retiring in 1991.

He was a member of the Lewis County Search and Rescue for 15 years as an Advanced EMT, a leader of the Blue Fox search team, member of the New Bremen Fire Department and a Boy Scout leader.

Bob is survived by his children, Ellon and Michael Grunert, Bonnie and John Kirch, Warren and companion Diane Kimball, and Willard and Rachel. He also has a brother Norman(Doug) and Carloyn, six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and a great- great grandchild.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and loved nature. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and those who knew him.

Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice.

His funeral will be held Wednesday May 14 at 10AM at the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan with Rev Evan Zehr officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the New Bremen Rural Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4-7PM at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organization:
Friends of Lewis County Hospice
PO Box 266 Lowville, NY 13367

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