Michael Bayless (1970 - 2017)

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Michael "Rip" Troy Bayless, passed away on May 7, 2017, in a vehicle accident in Pecos, Texas. The Lord took his hand and walked him through the Gates of Heaven. It comforts his family to know that he was a believer in Christ and that he was not alone.
Rip was born on Jan. 16, 1970, in Houston, Texas. He grew up playing many years of football. Shortly after high school he enlisted in the Navy, where he made life long friendships during the 10 years of his service. He served during Desert Storm, in the Persian Gulf and participated in Operation Desert Fox on the Carl Vinson.
One of Rip's proudest achievements was earning his Bachelors of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2014.
Rip's greatest joy in life was his family. He loved spending quality time with his wife and kids, traveling, going for hikes, sledding, watching movies, long bike rides, throwing the football and jet skiing on the lake.
He will be greatly missed beyond belief by his family and friends.
Rip is survived by his best friend (wife), Denise Elsenbast; his son, Michael Bayless; his daughter, Olivia Bayless; Denise's kids, Brittany and David Brabander; Rip's father, Roscoe Bayless and wife Carolyn; his brother, Tim Bayless and wife Lynda; his sister, Sher Black Payne and husband Keith; his brother, Ben Bayless and wife Rachel; his aunt, Julie Veselka and uncle Bo; his aunt, Sharon Cowles; many cousins, nieces and nephews; his father-in-law, Carl Elsenbast; his sisters- and brothers-in-law, Jennifer and Andy Hickman, Angela Hartvigson and Kris Hartvigson; as well as many dear friends - and his dog, Lily.
Those who greeted him in heaven were his mother, Carole Bayless; his grandparents, Norris and Margie Cowles, and Roscoe and Frankie Bayless; his uncles, Norris Cowles Jr. and Ricky Bayless; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Elsenbast; and his good friend, Wes.
Rip will be buried with full military honors at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Alaska.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., at the Bayshore Clubhouse.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 31 to June 1, 2017