Bailen, Eddie Howard
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Eddie Howard Bailen, of Omaha, Nebraska, after a long, courageous battle with Mesothelioma; passed away in his home surrounded by family May 12, 2014. Eddie was born June 29, 1937 in Sioux City, Iowa. He was the second oldest child of Millie and Sam Bailen.
As veteran of the Korean War, he married Rena Ash of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on June 20, 1965 and together they moved to Omaha.
Eddie was a very successful electrical and computer engineer who owned several businesses such as AEC (Automated Electrical Controls) and EEE (Electrical Engineering Equipment Service Company). He became known as a man who could fix anything pertaining to electronics and computers (and the occasional car). Due to this background, he was approached by friend and Holocaust survivor, Sam Fried, to help create a Holocaust memorial. Together, they created a light which flickers 6 million times a year to commemorate each soul lost. The lights continue to flicker in all four Omaha synagogues to this very day.
He was an avid baseball fan who favored the St. Louis Cardinals and could be found every year for the last 50 years in attendance with his family at the College World Series.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Rena Bailen; his mother, Millie Altman; his children, Mark, Doug, Beth, Heather and Michael as well his four grandchildren; Micaela, Mason, Paige and Leaf. He is also survived by sister Sandy Bailen-Scott and brother Lew Bailen, as well as several nieces, nephews, sister-in-law and daughter-in-laws, Kari, Alison and Monet.
Eddie is preceded by his father, Samuel Bailen; his eldest daughter Stacy Bailen and oldest brother, Harold Bailen.
SERVICES 11:30am Wednesday, May 14th at Golden Hill Cemetery, 5025 N. 42nd, Omaha, In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the
Published in Omaha World-Herald from May 13 to May 14, 2014