Sept. 6, 1926 - Nov. 1, 2013
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MISHAWAKA - Harry F. Dailey, 87, of Mishawaka, died at 12:02 AM on November 1st in his residence, surrounded by family. Harry F. Dailey was born in East Michigan on September 6, 1926 to the late Gayle T. Sanderson. On August 19th, 1947 he married Mary M. Morris, who preceded him in death on April 10, 2013. Surviving are his children, Margaret (Mike) Ballman of Phoenix, AZ, Charlene Smith of Seattle, WA, Joseph P. (Irene) Dailey of South Bend, Susan K. (Steve) Mansfield of South Bend, JoAnn Robbins of Mishawaka, Joyce Lynn (Sam) Dailey of Pagosa Springs, CO, Martin S. (Kim) Dailey of South Bend, Betsy A. (Bruce) Brockway of Lansing, MI, and Charles S. Dailey of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by a sister, Judith Elefritz of South Bend. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary; one sister, Maxine Williams, and one brother, Charles S. Dailey. Harry was (beyond words) such a devoted and loving husband - he and Mary were married 65 years. He was also a very devoted and loving Father to all of his children. He always said "Family comes first." Harry F. Dailey served in the U.S. Army during World War II and also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was recently honored through Hospice with a certificate and a pin by a Naval Officer for his service in World War II. Harry Dailey has 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. He was so proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; he was loved by them all. Harry loved working with wood and making things out of it. But his all-time "favorite" was fishing with his best friend, Roger Verburg of Virginia. They had been friends for almost 65 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 161. Harry Dailey throughout his years worked as an ice cream delivery man in Michigan, a printer at a Michigan newspaper, and a welder in Michigan. He also worked at Studebaker Corporation in South Bend, the Street Department in South Bend, Security at St. Mary's College, and retired from the St. Joseph County Police Department after 22 years of service. He was proud to serve the St. Joseph County Community and work with a great bunch of officers who became his close friends. Harry's main focus in life was caring for and assuring the success of his loving family. The family would like to thank the nurses Julie and Stacee from Hospice for all their care. Harry's wishes were to be cremated and his family has honored those wishes. There will be no visitations or public services. A private service will be held at a later date. The family requests that all memorial contributions be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., located at 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637 or to the Wounded Warrior Project located at P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. The HANLEY & Sons "Southwest Chapel" Funeral Home and Cremation Services handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Dailey family.
Hanley and Sons - South Bend
23421 State Road 23 South Bend, IN 46614
Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 3, 2013