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Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary

6464 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

Richard Charles Bailey

November 3, 1939July 23, 2020

Richard Charles Bailey, age 80, of Webster Groves passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Rich was born November 3, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri to Charles and Marie (nee' Kirtz) Bailey. He was a 1957 graduate of Roosevelt High School, received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in Electrical Engineering and an advanced degree from Stanford University. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served in the United States Army from 1962-1964.

Rich married Ruth Ann Benkert on March 13, 1965, and recently celebrated 55 years of marriage. He was a devoted husband, father, and Christian. He spent his career as a Systems Engineer with IBM and a consultant with Alliance Systems and Programming. In addition, he spent his time taking long walks around St. Louis, reading about and traveling throughout the world, attending Ruth’s band concerts, and playing countless games with family.

Rich is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Ruth (Benkert) Bailey; his four children; Michael (Janelle) Bailey, Sara Bailey, Laura Bailey, and Martha (Eric) Doennig; seven grandchildren; Adam, Elizabeth, and Sydney Bailey, Harrison, Claire, and Molly Doennig, and Nora Bailey; his sister Lois (Bailey) Potochny; and a host of other extended family and friends.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 29 from 9:30-11am at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, 45 West Lockwood Avenue 63119, followed immediately by a Funeral Service. Private burial with full military honors will follow at New St. Marcus Cemetery.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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Jim Ratcliff

July 29, 2020

I had the pleasure to have worked with Rich at both IBM and Alliance Systems for nearly 30 years. He was the consumate professional. At Alliance, during lunch hour, Rich walked around Fenton and could cover many miles. Never went along because his legs were twice as long as mine.
Rich will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Shirani Matugama

July 28, 2020

It is with great sadness that we say a final goodbye to Rich. Sumith and I extend our deepest sympathy to Ruth, his wife of 50 plus years and their children, Mike, Sara, Laura and Martha. Rich loved the outdoors, hiking, biking, traveling the world and taking long walks. Sumith and I always looked forward to our get togethers to hear about his travels along with Ruth. Over the years we watched our families grow and we have such wonderful memories of him as a young father and then as he became a proud grandfather. He loved his family very much. Sumith and I will always remember him for his kindness, graciousness, his intellectual curiosity and as a true gentleman. Goodbye Rich. We will miss your physical presence, but we will always remember you in our hearts.

John Torrini

July 28, 2020

As mentioned to childhood friend Mike Bailey, my memories of his dad revolve around the St. Louis Blues. He painted a huge perfect Blues logo on the wall in Mike's bedroom and took the two of us to a game at the Arena where the Blues made up a big deficit to tie the Sabres. Everyone in attendance got a free hamburger from Jack-in-the-Box... Worth mentioning that he also took us to a college football game at Washington University - his alma mater.

Robert Howard

July 27, 2020

Rich was an outstanding man.I worked with Rich at IBM starting about 1966.He was known to be very intelligent and always willing to help others.When We started Alliance Systems in 1992 Rich was one of the first people we asked to join the new business. We were fortunate he agreed to join us.We worked together for many years before he retired. He will be greatly missed.
Condolence to Ruth and your Family
Bob and Fran Howard

Reed Finn

July 27, 2020

I worked with Rich for many years at IBM. He was always a fine gentleman who worked well with our clients and with the IBM team. He was very knowledgeable regarding any technical issues that might arise in a client engagement. IBM Marketing people, such as myself, were always delighted to have Rich working with us on client engagements ... as, more importantly, were the clients.

Rich and I were fraternity brothers at Washington University.

I know that Rich was very proud of his fine family.

After we retired from IBM I recall seeing Rich walking around Clayton and University City. I was a little surprised because I knew he lived in Webster Groves. It was only later that I realized that he had walked from Webster Groves. Wow !!

MaryAnn Wallace

July 26, 2020

Where do we begin, memories of bridge games, weddings of Bailey children, reunion parties, retirement parties, conversations about travels around the world, all the good times we have had through out the years, Labor Day parties, at our house, have all have been rolling through my head these past few days. How our dogs always would find their way to Rich even though he didn't appreciate them!
These and many more will be a part of our thoughts in the coming days as we celebrate Richard Bailey.
Love to all the family, MaryAnn and Ken Wallace

Don Potochny

July 26, 2020

Uncle Rich took me to a Stanley Cup Game between the the Blues and Bruins. It is a game indelibly etched into my memory not only because I got to watch the incomparable Bobby Orr work his magic, but also because Uncle Rich was gracious to enough to share his knowledge of a fledgling sport that had just came onto the St. Louis sports scene.

Last June, I thought of uncle Rich when the Blues finally hoisted the Cup.

My condolences to aunt Ruth and Mike, Sara, Laura, and Martha.

Barry Siegel

July 25, 2020

Rich and I met as freshman electrical engineering students at Washington U. in the Fall of 1957. Rich is one of those guys who understand the arcane notions of Integral Calculus and and Quantum Mechanics, and then there others like me. I suspect that he was puzzled my inability to grasp subjects as easily as he did, but it never slowed him down when it came to lending a hand. As different as we were, it was a beginning of a life-long friendship based on our love of math and science, and convinced that any thing was possible after a couple of cold beers. I will miss my brother terribly.

Larry Furrer

July 25, 2020

I well remember the many years during which Rich was a dedicated Fieldston Terrace Street President. I also remember his and Ruth’s regular attendance at the famous final four tent parties next door to them. I would also frequently spot Rich in many different locations walking many miles from home. I extend my condolences for his loss to Ruth and the entire family.
Larry Furrer

Greg & Deb Krauss Smith

July 24, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences upon the loss of Rich. We were so glad to have been able to share a trip with you to Switzerland in 2017. This is a photo of Ruth and Rich at the Restaurant Brienzerburli in Brienz, and Rich has such a cute little, almost mischievous, smile here!

FROM THE FAMILY

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