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Eugene M. Bailey

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Eugene M. "Gene" Bailey

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Eugene M. "Gene" Bailey, 78, died at 6:40 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Gene was born June 19, 1935, in Springfield, to Thomas and Elizabeth (Devocelle) Bailey, both of whom preceded him in death, along with three brothers, one sister, and a son-in-law, Dr. Edgar Salazar.

He married Monica Yakle on June 7, 1958. She survives.

Also surviving are four children: Michael (Joann) Bailey of Washington, Kathleen Bailey of LaGrange, Angela (Victor) Canseco of Hawthorn Woods, and Patrick (Dana) Bailey of Springfield. He was a grandfather to 10 and a great-grandfather to four.

Gene was a 1953 graduate of Lanphier High School and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a meat cutter, retiring after 41 years of service at Eisner and Jewel food stores.

Visitation: A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. An additional visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.

Funeral Ceremony: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Feb. 11, 2014
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