Charles A. Bailey

September 19, 1914May 19, 2012

Charles A. Bailey, 97, born on September 19, 1914 to Scott and Anna Thiel Bailey in Collyer, Kansas, passed away on May 19, 2012 in Pueblo, Colorado. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ethel Ryan who passed away in 2011 at the age of 98. He and his wife Cleta were married on August 5, 1940 and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2010. She survives along with children, Janice (John) Zobeck and Ron (Karen) Bailey; grandchildren, Scott Bailey and Andrea Bailey Rapson; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Charles was a long time member of the Shrine of St. Therese Church, graduated from Regis College in Denver in 1935, was a WWII veteran, and retired from Rainbow Bread in 1981 after 40 years of service on the south side of Pueblo. He had friends in every market he serviced. Family was a very important part of his life. He also enjoyed bowling in his later years. Rosary, 6 pm, Thursday, May 24, followed by visitation at 6:30 pm at George McCarthy Historic Chapel, 400 Broadway. Funeral Service, 10 am, Friday, May 25 at the Shrine of St. Therese, 300 Goodnight Ave, Pueblo, CO. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Online condolences, Arrangements, George McCarthy Funeral Home.


  • Rosary Thursday, May 24, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, May 24, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 25, 2012

Charles A. Bailey

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Pat Beach

May 31, 2012

Cleta, Ron, & Janice: my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband/father. I had the opportunity and privilege of spending time with Charles during our many family visits to Colorado each summer. I quickly came to admire and respect the man that he was. A kind and gentle man with a deep appreciation for family & friends. I'll always remember and cherish the times I've spent with Kerry's family in Colorado over the years....particularly the first Thanksgiving dinner I had in Colorado when I came home with Kerry to meet her family over 20 years ago. I'll never forget how welcomed and at ease Charles & Cleta made me feel in their beautiful home. Good-bye to a great man.

Kerry Beach

May 29, 2012

I have so many wonderful memories of my beloved Uncle Charles and so appreciate his influence in my life that it's hard to know where to begin. His and Aunt Cleta's house was a place of refuge where I knew I'd always be welcomed with open arms, as well as a fridge stocked with ice cream bars and chocolate sundae fixin's, and a cookie jar full of oatmeal cookies with white icing. Although living in a world without Uncle Charles is hard to fathom, I find comfort in my memories of seeing his Rainbo bread truck parked in front of their house, waving to him and Aunt Cleta from the playground across the street at Lincoln Elementary School, Thanksgiving dinners where their house was packed with people and dogs, Uncle Charles teaching me how to reconcile my checkbook at the kitchen table when I was in high school, taking me to and from my job at Dairy Queen in his ancient Buick, and going to their house early every Thanksgiving morning, ostensibly to watch the parades on their color television, but really just looking for any excuse to spend time with them. I'll never forget the trips to Kansas and Washington, and marvel at how Uncle Charles and Aunt Cleta included me in their travels. But of course, they knew I needed them, and I can't imagine the path I would have taken without Uncle Charles' guidance and direction, and without his example of living an honorable life. He was much loved and will be forever missed.

Roy Ard

May 29, 2012

My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. I have many fond memories of Charles and they all involve a laugh.

Kristal Ard Schweppe

May 28, 2012

What fond memories I have of Uncle Charles. He was always good for a laugh or a tease. For 3 years I spent with my mornings with Uncle Charles and Aunt Cleta before I went to school at Lincoln Elementary across the street from their house. Aunt Cleta cooked breakfast and Uncle Charles teased me. How grateful I am for the time I spent with them. My thoughts are prayers are with you all. Relish in the memories of your husband and father, for he was one of the great ones.

Ron Barnhart

May 25, 2012

Cleta, Ron and Janice: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. How wonderful to have had someone like him for so many years, all of our lives have been enriched because we knew him. Celebrate his life; he and Cleta defined what "family" means.
God bless you,
Ron and Dorie Barnhart

Keri Smith

May 25, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I always called Charles my adopted Grandpa. He has a wonderful loving family. Our thoughts are with your.

May 24, 2012

What a handsome man. My thoughts are with you all. Robert Prince (St. Michaels, MD)

May 24, 2012

I am deeply sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May God's love comfort and strengthen your family during this difficult time. John 16:22

Pam Gabarron

May 24, 2012

Cleta, Ron and Janice, he had such a rich and wonderful life - full of family and joy. I will miss him, even though I know it won't compare to the hole in your lives. I will see you all Friday.

Karen & Ernest Pope and Family

May 23, 2012

Ernest and I send our thoghts and prayers to you and your fanily at this time. I will be down late Friday if all goes well and hope to se you then.