Robert Leland Bain

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Robert Leland Bain, 83, Nevada, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, following a lengthy illness. Bob was born in Schell City, Mo., on June 22, 1926, to Christopher and Lourine (Finks) Bain. Upon graduation from Nevada High School in 1944, he entered the United States Army. He served in Germany with the 99th Infantry Division. On April 8, 1945, he was severely injured on the Ruhr Mountain, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He also received the E.A.M.E. Theater Ribbon with two battle stars. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 21, 1945. His love of country and his patriotism remained with him throughout his life.

On April 12, 1948, he married Evelyn Wescoat. He worked for Denman Wholesale for several years before joining Sherwin-Williams where he was manager for 15 years. In 1966, Bob and Evelyn purchased Del-Way Drive-In, which they operated together for 26 years. Bain's Del-Way Drive-In became legendary for its cheeseburgers, suzies, and barbecue.

Bob was a member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2175, BPO Elks, Blinded Veterans Association, Nevada Country Club, and St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was known for his sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by Evelyn, his devoted wife of 61 years, and three daughters: Patricia Bain, Kathleen Compton and her husband Wayne of Camdenton, Mo., and

Barbara Kolodgie and her husband Jim of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Christine Rea-Bain, Savannah, Ga., Elizabeth Bain, Honolulu, Hawaii, Hilary Gremminger and her husband John, Wichita, Kan., Cecily Compton, Camdenton, Mo., Will Kolodgie and Madison Kolodgie, Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles "Buddy" Bain.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada, with the Rev. Justin Hoye, Celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Nevada. Rosary services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Oct. 9, with visitation following from 7-8 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada

Those who wish may contribute to St. Mary's Catholic Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

"He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again."

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