Carley, Robert Lloyd, age 77, passed from this earth on April 7, 2014, at Heather Hall, Inverness Village, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Robert, (aka Bob, R.L. or Peewee) was born and raised on a truck farm on West Maple, with parents Roy and Mattie Carley. He joined the Navy and served honorably during WWII on a subchaser in the Pacific. Upon his discharge, Bob married Elsie (Newby) Carley and raised their 6 children, Donald, Gerald, Vicki, Carol, George, and Eric in the Wichita area. Bob was an active member of the IBEW and was proud of the many buildings he helped construct as the foreman electrician, including Wichita South High. In the early 60's, Bob began his co-ownership of Southwestern Electrical Company and shifted into his role as an electrical contractor and business owner. Bob enjoyed many activities including hunting, fishing, water skiing, RVing with Elsie, and tinkering. Robert Carley is survived by his sister, Lois Smith and her son, Steve; his children mentioned above, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As an active member of the Wichita Homing Club, Bob developed his flock of winners and welcomed many new pigeon flyers into the hobby by giving them birds to start their own coops. Graveside service 1 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions be sent to the American Pigeon Museum, a 501c (3) organization, 2300 Northeast 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (or see website) where Robert Carley is memorialized with a plaque commemorating his devotion to the sport.
Published in The Wichita Eagle on Apr. 9, 2014