Bailey ‘Scooter’ McRoberts
Our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend Bailey McRoberts passed away March 12, 2012 in Reno, Nev. at the age of 78.
Bailey Thatcher McRoberts was born to Bailey and Doris (Bright) McRoberts in Redondo Beach on June 6, 1933. The family moved to Big Pine when Scooter was very young and later the family lived in Independence, Mojave and in a converted Boxcar in Rosamond, out at Burton’s Camp, where his dad and uncles worked at the Tropico Goldmine. It wasn’t until after the war that they moved to Los Angeles in 1946. Bailey served his country for four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. A leave from the Navy, at his mother’s in Siskiyou County in April 1954, led to his meeting and soon marrying Thelma Brumley. They raised two sons, Bailey Lee and Danny Gale.
After his discharge from the Navy, Scooter worked at the lumberyards in Yreka and Hornbrook. Later he went to Barber School and honed his skills at a shop in Yreka. Similar to his childhood, Scooter moved with his family many times and worked a variety of jobs as well, including gas appliance serviceman for Petrolane in Newhall and Yuba City. He and Thelma also once owned and managed the Ranch House Café in Olancha. His love of mining led him to buy a gold and silver mine in Arizona. Lastly, he came back to the Owen’s Valley and worked at the clay mill until his retirement.
Scooter and Thelma were married almost 55 years until she passed away in 2009. Throughout his life Scooter enjoyed the outdoors … hunting, fishing, mining, bottle hunting, gambling and was an avid sports fan, especially of football, basketball and NASCAR. He particularly enjoyed a yearly family fishing trip with the entire gang on the opening day of the season, including his mom, aunts, uncles and brothers, at Crowley Lake.
Bailey was a life-time member of the VFW Turner Barnes Post 8036 in Lone Pine where he served as quarter master for the Post in 2011.
In early April 2011 Bailey met Dorothy Little and they were married on Aug. 9, 2011. Bailey and his new Bride enjoyed their new life together.
Bailey leaves behind his new bride of seven months, Dorothy McRoberts of Lone Pine; sons, Bailey Lee and Daniel Gale McRoberts of Keeler; daughter, Janice Aten of Lone Pine; granddaughters, Kelly (McRoberts) Green of Rio Linda and Sarah (McRoberts) Dixon of Burleson, Texas; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Terry McRoberts of Yreka and Travis McRoberts; sister-in-law, Julie McRoberts of Fort Jones; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
He was proceeded in death by his wife, Thelma McRoberts; mother, Doris (Bright) Ferber; and sister Chereen S. Ferber.
A Celebration of Life for Bailey will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the VFW Post 8036 in Lone Pine. A luncheon will follow.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Turner Barnes VFW Post 8036.