Joseph F. Bailey, 92, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, died at 5:09 a. m. on Sunday, December 27, 2009 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City. He had been a patient there since Saturday.
Mr. Bailey was born on April 23, 1917 in Huntington, a son of Charles and Cressie (Folk) Bailey. He graduated from Southside High School in Fort Wayne, and as a young man served with the U. S. Navy during World War II.
On April 21, 1940 he was married in Bluffton to Vadis V. Park, and had lived at Blue Lake since 1947. He had been employed at Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne, retiring from there in 1977, and was a member of the Merriam Christian Chapel.
Mrs. Bailey preceded him in death on September 16, 2007.
The surviving relatives include his children Barbara (Robert) Konger of Winter Haven, Florida, and Bruce A. (Lois) Bailey and Richard M. Bailey, both of Churubusco; his brother Arthur Bailey of St. Cloud, Florida; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p. m. on Saturday, January 2, 2010, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Terry L. Zolman, pastor of Merriam Christian Chapel, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to a food bank or soup kitchen of the donor’s choice.
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