Lamond "Buck" J. Bailey
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April 11, 1922 - January 29, 2013
Lamond "Buck" J. Bailey, 90, Pocatello, passed away peacefully following an illness on Jan. 29, 2013 at a local care facility.
Buck was born on April 11, 1922 at Pocatello, Idaho, son of Melvin Kerr Bailey and Stella Johnston Bailey. Buck spent his early years on the ranch at Arbon, Idaho and there he received his elementary education.
Buck graduated from Pocatello High School and later enlisted in the Army Air Force the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He graduated form the Air Force Armament School at Lowery Field in Denver, Colorado. Later he received a Navigator rating and was assigned to B-26 Martin Bombers as a Bombardier-Navigator. After training, Buck and his crew went overseas to England in 1943. In England, his crew volunteered for the B-17 Bombers in the 8th Air Force where he flew and completed 30 combat bombing missions over Germany. He was awarded the DFC, Air Metal 30LC E10 with Star. June 1944 he returned to the United States and entered pilot training in California. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force, July 1945.
As a civilian, Buck attended and graduated from the Don Martin School of Radio Arts and later was employed at the Radio Station KEIO (KWIK) as an announcer and later worked for KSEI. Shortly thereafter, he went back to Arbon and worked with his father in ranching.
In 1957, Buck and Lillian Hendricks Peterson were married at Brigham City, Utah. They bought property at Michaud, built a home, developed a working ranch and went into the Registered Black Angus cattle business.
Buck and Lillian were Operations Officers at the Idaho Bank & Trust. Both retired from the bank.
Buck was a member of the Elks, past President of the Idaho agriculture Bankers, past Rotarian, Idaho Flying Farmers with a Commercial Pilot rating, Cattleman's Association, Farm Bureau, VFW, Pocatello Chiefs, author of the Book "STUF", inducted in to the Bowling Hall of Fame and was Master of Ceremony at many events.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Lillian, parents, brothers (Jim and Kenneth). Buck is survived by his stepsons, Grover (Renae) Noble of Pocatello, George (Delaine) Peterson of Ammon, Idaho and step daughter Linda (Don) Franklin of Oro Valley, Arizona.
On Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave, Pocatello, from 12:30 to 2:30, there will be a gathering of family and friends. Military graveside rites will be offered by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard at 3:00 at Mountain View Cemetery, Section 52 West.
Published in Idaho State Journal from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2013