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Columbia Missourian

Bob Pauley Jr. loved to bowl, dance and spend time with family

By Felicia Greiff
May 9, 2012 | 7:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Robert "Bob" Pauley Jr. was an energetic man who loved his family, his granddaughter Michele Redmon said.

"The man never stopped," Redmon said. "He was go-go-go. He was even driving up until about six months ago. He water-skied until he was about 75 years old."

Mr. Pauley died Wednesday, May 9, 2012. He was 89.

Redmon added that her grandfather always made time for his family, whether it was watching his stepgranddaughter play basketball or going to his great-grandchildren’s softball, baseball and basketball games.

"He was always there for you. He always had an open ear. He made sure he made it to the birthday parties, the graduations, all holidays," Redmon said.

Mr. Pauley was born March 28, 1923, in Columbia to Robert L. and Edna Pearl (Barnes) Pauley. 

He married Mary Durham on June 29, 1947.

He owned Bob Pauley Electric in Columbia. He didn't retire from his business until he was 85, Redmon said. 

Redmon said he was active in the community and knew everybody in town at one point. He was a member of VFW Post 280. His daughter Linda Harpham said his favorite hobby was bowling.

"(AMF Town and Country Lanes) opened in 1952, and he bowled every Wednesday night until he was about 70," she said. "He enjoyed his bowling. He enjoyed going out and having a drink. That’s where he came out and visited people."

Mr. Pauley is survived by his longtime companion, Margery Bolerjack, and her family of Columbia; a daughter, Linda Harpham and her husband, Tom, of Columbia; two grandchildren, Michele Redmon of Stoutsville, and Robert Bittle of Columbia; six great-grandchildren, Kayla Redmon of Lesterville, Dustin and Taylor Redmon of Stoutsville, Elizabeth and Katelyn Ivicsics and Ethan Cash, all of Columbia; and a son-in-law, Jim Kribbs of Columbia.

Mr. Pauley's wife; his daughter, Carolyn Kribbs; two brothers, William Pauley and Howard Pauley; and two sisters, Vernice Walden and Bertha Pauley died earlier.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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