Richard 'Bobcat' Pauley 'just loved people in general'

Saturday, August 30, 2014 | 4:51 p.m. CDT; updated 2:06 p.m. CDT, Sunday, August 31, 2014

COLUMBIA — Richard "Bobcat" Pauley died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at University Hospital after a battle with colon cancer. He was 73.

Mr. Pauley was born Feb. 9, 1941, to Robert and Mildred Purcell Pauley in Boone County. He married Patty Jayne Payne on Feb. 20, 1959.


Mr. Pauley knew what it meant to put in a hard day's work. He worked as a carpenter with Harmon Construction, and he was an avid farmer. Mr. Pauley learned about farming as a boy from his father, and he carried his love for it through his life, his sister Nancy Nichols said.

Nichols described her brother as a man who put family first and enjoyed activities like square dancing and playing cards.

"He just loved people in general," Nichols said.

Mr. Pauley was diagnosed with colon cancer three months ago.

Mr. Pauley is survived by his two sons, Brent and Mark (Sharon) Pauley of Columbia; three sisters, Nettie (Wilson) Ramsdell of Hartsburg, Nancy (Melvin) Nichols of Ashland and Neta Fay Pauley of Ashland; four grandchildren, Sherry Callahan, Heather Callahan, Charlotte Griffis and Charlie Simcoe; and one great-granddaughter, Trinity Faith Griffis. 

His wife, Patty Jayne Payne, died earlier.

Visitation will be held Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd., Ashland. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Chapel Hill Road, Columbia, MO 65203

Memorial contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society in care of the family. 

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