Richard Keith Bailey

Oct. 20, 1926–Jan. 24, 2021

Richard Keith Bailey passed away peacefully in his family home on Jan. 24, 2021, surrounded by family.

He was born in Decatur, Illinois, on Oct. 20, 1926, to Paul and Blanche Bailey. They moved to New Mexico in 1930. He received his Bachelor’s degree from UNM in 1948.

Richard was working for E.J. Workman in UNM’s research and development program when Dr. Workman was selected as President of NM Tech, resulting in his move to Socorro.

He retired from NM Tech as the Chief Field Engineer in explosives research.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Blanche Bailey, as well as his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley HawkBailey, and his sister Phyllis Chisholm.

He was survived by his four children, Shirleen Bretz (Bob), Bill Bailey (Charlene), Ted Bailey (Judy), and Elizabeth Winterrowd (David).

Richard was also loved and adored by his 11 grandkids, 23 great-grandkids, and 3 great-great-grandkids.

Richard will be missed by many in his community and was loved by all. He was the example of a true family man, with endless stories and knowledge that will be passed on for generations to come. His smile was infectious and will be imprinted on our hearts forever.

Richard Keith Bailey

A memorial service for Richard was held at the Church of Christ on January 28th.

In Lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations may be made to the Socorro Church of Christ at P.O. Box 704, Socorro, NM 87801 in Richard’s honor.

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Richard’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St
Socorro, NM 87801