OBITUARY

Robert Leroy Bayley

December 25, 1942May 4, 2018
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Robert Leroy Bayley, 75, of Olathe, Kansas passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 4, 2018. He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband; loving father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to everyone he met. “Bob” as he was known to his family and friends was born on “Christmas Day” December 25, 1942 to Edgar Leroy and Margaret Virginia (Mayo) Bayley. At the age of 10, he lost his mother and his loving grandparents Hebert and Margaret Mayo helped raise Bob. As a youth he enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. He attended and graduated from Milford Mill High School in Baltimore Maryland. October of 1961, he entered the Air Force and served his country honorably for eight years. As a jet airplane mechanic, he was stationed in Topeka, Omaha, and Marietta, Georgia servicing C5A and KC135 aircrafts. Later he went on to work for Lockheed in Atlanta. In 1972 he moved to Olathe and worked for A.B. Dick printing company for 25 years as a printing press mechanic. Bob was an avid model railroader and train collector. He enjoyed working on his model railroad layout while being a member of several clubs. For over 30 years he was involved with: NMRA National Model Railroad Association the Turkey Creek Division, KCNG Kansas City Narrow Gauge Club, and the Mo-Kan Rail Joiners Model Railroad Club. Bob married the love of his life, Frances M. Stramel on June 5th, 1965 in Topeka. Kansas. Together they raised their daughter Kimberley in Olathe, Kansas. As a family, they enjoyed spending time camping and vacationing to several destinations. Trips included Winnipeg, Canada for a National Model Railroad Convention, Fishtrap Lake in Minnesota, Baltimore, Branson, Durango and Colorado Springs to name a few. Fun times of neighborhood block parties, extended family celebrations and gatherings, or trips across the country with a camper always brought smiles and laughter to Bob. Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and nothing gave him more pleasure than the time he spent with his grandchildren. Fond memories included watching trains and teaching his grandsons all about model railroading at Union Station, hobby shops, and train shows. Bob is preceded in death by his grandparents, Herbert and Margret Mayo, parents, Edgar and Virginia Bayley, Aunt Bess and Uncle Howard Bayley, Aunt Etla and Doug Bayley, and cousin Kay Paczkowski. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Frances M. Bayley of the home. He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Kimberley Matney and her husband Michael of Osawatomie, Kansas. Left behind to cherish his memory are his two grandchildren, Benjamin and Noah and cousins, Sandra Millenburg of Salsibury, MD, and Jay Paczkowski of Buhl, MN. Bob will be cremated according to his wishes and ashes spread over the ocean in Maryland. Memorial contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society. Condolences may be offered at: www.mcgilley-frye.com

  • FAMILY

  • Edgar Leroy Bayley, Father
  • Margaret Virginia Bayley, Mother
  • Herbert Mayo, Grandfather
  • Margaret Mayo, Grandmother
  • Frances M. Bayley, Wife
  • Kimberley K. Matney, Daughter
  • Michael Matney, Son-in-law
  • Benjamin Matney, Grandson
  • Noah Matney, Grandson
  • Bess Bayley, Aunt
  • Howard Bayley, Uncle
  • Etia Bayley, Aunt
  • Doug Bayley, Uncle
  • Sandra Millenburg, Cousin
  • Kay Paczkowski, Cousin
  • Jay Paczkowski, Cousin
  • DONATIONS

  • The American Cancer Society

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • "Celebration of Life" Friday, May 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Robert Leroy Bayley

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Mike Hammond

May 11, 2018

It's hard to imagine a world without Uncle Bob in it. He was such a funny guy who had lots of great stories and adventures to share. He was always interested in what was important to us at the time. Such a caring man. I have fond memories of our two families on outings together...camping, Branson, Omaha, and the drive in movies. I'm thankful for the time we had with him and all the great memories around birthdays and the holidays. Love you Uncle Bob and farewell for now.

Lelsey McDonald

May 11, 2018

Bob was so kind and patience and could always brighten up a bad day with one of his jokes or just making all of us laugh. I will never forget the generosity the Bayley family showed me when I needed a place to stay, the did not hesitate to open their home and treat me as one of their own.
Kim thank you for sharing your dad with me as he was truly one of a kind. It is such a honor to have known him. He will be greatly missed but all the treasured stories, jokes and memories will live on.

Frank and Betty Van De Kerkhove

May 11, 2018

Frank has known Bob, Fran and Kim for quite some time but I just met Fran in 1996 as she was the official babysitter for Lisa's daughter, Jordan and they had a wonderful relationship! Fran was always smiling and it was possibly due to her Bob who was a laid-back type guy who allowed his wife to be herself and all the time remain steady. I truly enjoyed driving them to Bob's radiation treatments as Bob would tell the greatest stories about his childhood in Baltimore. So much history in that city and I believe he was part of and enjoyed it all. God bless and comfort you, Fran and Kim as you have been able to share your lives with a most wonderful man.

Doris Hammond

May 10, 2018

What I remember most about Bob, is his laughter, his jokes, and the stories. Bob will always have a special place in my
heart for taking such good care of my sister Fran. They were married for 52 yrs.
Our family and Fran's family took many camping trips and road trips. We had so much fun together.
We had a ball at Worlds of Fun when it first opened. Bob drove us all down to the park.
We never forgot Bob's birthday, as it was on Christmas Day.
Family gatherings at our house and theirs and at Grandma & Grandpa Green.
Fran and Bob shared the same anniversary as my daughter Lynette & Dan.

Missy Garmon

May 10, 2018

My family moved in directly across the street from the Bayley house when I was 8 years old and I am sure I spent as much time across the street as I did in my own home. The memories are endless when I think of the Bayleys. When I think of Bob, I see that grin behind the mustache that carried a contagious chuckle of a laugh. He always found the humor in a moment, including when Fran was trying to be serious about something, he could get her to giggle. His sweet, innocent "silliness" to a serious moment always lightened the mood for everyone. So many Summer nights spent in the pop-up camper in the backyard, waking up to cheesy pancakes Bob made with a special skill that made them perfect every time. He never minded all of us being in and out of the house at will, playing "people" for days up in the playroom or a living room full of kids surrounding the T.V. for a big sleepover. Bob's love for trains out weighed my own father's love of trains, tenfold, but I remember the two of them chatting it up for hours about locomotives. Bob always had a new game to teach us all to play at the table, Spoons, Farkle and Uno just to name a few. And Bob had patiences, even as he attempted to teach me to play Chess. But the most memorable thing about Bob, his love, his love for his girls. You could see the love in his eyes for both Fran and Kim every time he looked at them with that smile. Thank you for the memories Bob, you will be missed by all who knew you! Love always, Missy

Lisa Lienemann

May 10, 2018

The Bayley house was like a second home for me growing up. Kim and I became best friends in third grade. I was at their house any chance I got. Us kids spent a million summer nights sleeping in the camper on the patio and would wake up to Bob's cheesy pancakes. I remember riding around in Bob's company car (beige ford escort) and hoping he wouldn't make us listen to the elevator music he liked. We'd get excited the one time a year when he'd get his antique car out of the garage and try to start it so he could take us around the block. They invited me to come along on vacations with them in the Dodge station wagon pulling the camper behind. Once, we took two weeks to drive to Minnesota to visit relatives at their cabin , see Mount Rushmore and the Badlands in South Dakota. We would always stay at a KOA Campground sleeping in the camper. One of my favorite stories happened on that trip, I still tell people about it to this day. Fran washed something red with Bob's stuff and turned all of his tshirts, socks and underwear pink and he had to wear them the rest of the trip. When Kim and I were sophomores, Fran and Bob took us on a road trip to Baltimore and Washington DC. We got to go on the White House tour and visit all the landmarks. I have so many memories of Bob over the last 40 years. He tried unsuccessfully to teach me to play chess. The seemingly endless games of UNO and always wanting to sneak down to the basement to touch his train layout even though we weren't supposed to. I'll always remember his sense of humor, he was always making jokes, all the way up to the end. As a kid I used to think it was funny when Fran was mad or trying to be serious and Bob would make a joke and Fran would say "Oh, Bob". I haven't known many people as long as I've known Bob and I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing him. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Lynn Carson

May 10, 2018

Uncle Bob was always finishing Aunt Fran’s jokes at family gatherings, she would forget the punch line and start laughing. We had great trips with Bob,Fran and Kim. The Arch,USS Admiral ship in St. Louis and a favorite of all to Branson and everyone camping. I will always remember him being the camera man at outings. Always had one around his neck and we all shared the great memories THRU his fabulous photos. He also introduced us to Fondue,which us kids loved because he chose strawberry and chocolate and cheese and bread. The always fun trips to Omaha and the zoo. We all loved Flopsy the family dog. But most of all the Community Drive In for movies in the car! We will miss you. God Bless You.

Kimberley Matney

May 9, 2018

I will always remember my dad s soft hands, thick hair, and stinky feet. I have inherited a few of those traits. He enjoyed cooking breakfast on Saturday mornings. He had a kind, caring, and compassionate spirit to anyone he knew. Leslie, Chris, and Julie were a few friends that needed a place a stay. He welcomed them in to our home and treated them like his own children. Whenever I would reach a crossroad in my life, he guided me with advice and kind loving words I hold dear to me. Thank you for all that you have given me. May you rest in peace in heaven and smile down on us each and every day.

Kimberley Matney

May 9, 2018

I will always remember my dad as my cheerleader. When, I was in grade school, my father use to take me to a youth bowling league on Saturday mornings. I was a left handed bowler and got gutter balls all the time. He still encouraged me stick with it. At the end of the season I received an “I tried” trophy. Thanks dad for always being my cheerleader.
My father was always an adventurous camper and traveler. He bought a Jayco pop up camper in the 70’s that became a big part of lives. One place I remember going to often as a child was Yogi Bear Campground in Branson, Missouri. I would help him setup the campsite and he loved to grill hamburgers and hot dogs for my mom and I. We even took our family dog a few times. I remember swimming, playing miniature golf, and going to see the Presley’s County Music show.
Fond memories of my dad taking us to great destinations were life experiences I will never forget. We took a trip to Durango, Colorado to ride the Narrow Gauge train from Durango to Silverton. We would go back to Baltimore every year to visit family and friends. He took us to Ocean City and Assateague Island to see the wild ponies. In Maryland, I learned how to eat steamed crabs using a mallet and butcher paper on the table; I now love crab cakes because of him. As a parent with two of my own boys, we have vacationed to Ocean City Maryland, Durango, Colorado, and Branson to relive and bring forth joy in some of the same adventures.
Even as an only child, my father would always include my friends to tag along. My lifelong friend, Lisa went on a few vacations with us. We traveled to Fish trap Lake in Minnesota to stay at a family cabin. Lisa and I had so much fun with my dad’s cousins. We even went on to visit the original Bayley home in Alice, North Dakota. One night while we were camping there was a hailstorm and it broke the canvas of the camper. We all ended up at the local Holiday Inn laughing in the middle of the night.

Dennis. Wheeler

May 9, 2018

Always enjoyed talking to Bob he was always smiling and had a joke or something funny to say. Bob and Fran and Carol and I made it to be the last couples to live on fairwood we saw a lot of people come and go. We a always had fun working on the block parties we did. Bob will be missed by many people he was a great guy,husband , and father. He probably is already playing with his train set in heaven. Dennis and Carol Wheeler.

Biography

Robert Leroy Bayley, 75, of Olathe, Kansas passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 4, 2018. He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband; loving father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to everyone he met. “Bob” as he was known to his family and friends was born on “Christmas Day” December 25, 1942 to Edgar Leroy and Margaret Virginia (Mayo) Bayley. At the age of 10, he lost his mother and his loving grandparents Hebert and Margaret Mayo helped raise Bob. As a youth he enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. He attended and graduated from Milford Mill High School in Baltimore Maryland. October of 1961, he entered the Air Force and served his country honorably for eight years. As a jet airplane mechanic, he was stationed in Topeka, Omaha, and Marietta, Georgia servicing C5A and KC135 aircrafts. Later he went on to work for Lockheed in Atlanta. In 1972 he moved to Olathe and worked for A.B. Dick printing company for 25 years as a printing press mechanic.
Bob was an avid model railroader and train collector. He enjoyed working on his model railroad layout while being a member of several clubs. For over 30 years he was involved with: NMRA National Model Railroad Association the Turkey Creek Division, KCNG Kansas City Narrow Gauge Club, and the Mo-Kan Rail Joiners Model Railroad Club.
Bob married the love of his life, Frances M. Stramel on June 5th, 1965 in Topeka. Kansas. Together they raised their daughter Kimberley in Olathe, Kansas. As a family, they enjoyed spending time camping and vacationing to several destinations. Trips included Winnipeg, Canada for a National Model Railroad Convention, Fishtrap Lake in Minnesota, Baltimore, Branson, Durango and Colorado Springs to name a few. Fun times of neighborhood block parties, extended family celebrations and gatherings, or trips across the country with a camper always brought smiles and laughter to Bob.
Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and nothing gave him more pleasure than the time he spent with his grandchildren. Fond memories included watching trains and teaching his grandsons all about model railroading at Union Station, hobby shops, and train shows.


Bob is preceded in death by his grandparents, Herbert and Margret Mayo, parents, Edgar and Virginia Bayley, Aunt Bess and Uncle Howard Bayley, Aunt Etla and Doug Bayley, and cousin Kay Paczkowski. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Frances M. Bayley of the home. He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Kimberley Matney and her husband Michael of Osawatomie, Kansas. Left behind to cherish his memory are his two grandchildren, Benjamin and Noah and cousins, Sandra Millenburg of Salsibury, MD, and Jay Paczkowski of Buhl, MN.

Bob will be cremated according to his wishes and ashes spread over the ocean in Maryland. A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 11th at the McGilley & Frye Funeral Home 105 East Loula Street Olathe, Kansas. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 10th at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be offered at: www.mcgilley-frye.com