Robert Lee Bay, son of the late Marie (Young) Bay and James W. Bay, was born in St. Louis on Aug. 12, 1930. He passed away at John J. Pershing V.A. Hospital in Poplar Bluff on July 4, 2017, at the age of 86.
Robert was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He joined the Marines on March 8, 1948, his Boot Camp was at Parris Island, S.C., Robert served two tours in Korea, 1950 thru 1952, he served on several ships; the U.S.S Midway, the U.S.S. Coral Sea, The U.S.S. Palau Carrier, The U.S.S. Roosevelt, and The U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. His service took him all through the Mediterranean Sea, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
On Jan. 28, 1956, in Hernando, Miss., Robert was united in marriage to Carol Rutledge. Robert enjoyed fishing, Bowling, and Playing Cards. He was a member of the V.F.W. and The American Legion.
Robert is survived by his wife, Carol of Van Buren; three sons, Robert Bay of Good Hope, Ill., Jerry (Lena) Bay of Conroe, Texas, Michael Bay of Hermann; one daughter, Vicki (Steve) Holtof Ellington; one brother, Paul Estep of Arnold; and one sister Eva Ivy of Sulphur Rock, Ark. Robert is also survived by nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Robert will be missed by a host of other family and many friends who will mourn his passing.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington.