Longtime Kenai resident, Dr. Charles Albert Bailie, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, June 24, 2014, surrounded by his four daughters and granddaughters.
Charles was born on June 8, 1930, to Charles and Vesta (Fauks) Bailie in Seattle, Washington. He attended Seattle University and received a teaching degree.
Following graduation, Charles enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. While walking sentry duty in minus 30 degree weather, Charles decided he wanted to pursue dentistry.
After an honorable discharge from the army, Charles attended Creighton University School of dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. It was during that time he met the love of his life, Sally Toohey, at a church dance. In 1960, Charles graduated from dental school and married Sally.
In 1961, Charles and Sally moved their family to Cordova, Alaska where he became the first dentist in that town. Following the Cordova fire in 1963, Charles moved Sally and his three young daughters to Kenai Peninsula. Charles practiced dentistry in Kenai from 1963 until he retired in 1993. He loved being dentist and caring for his patients. Charles was also a member of the Kenai City Council, Parish Council of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Alaska Dental Society, and Advisory Board for National Bank of Alaska and Wells Fargo.
Following his retirement, he and Sally bought a motor home and enjoyed traveling around the United States and meeting so many wonderful people in their travels. Charles was a keen Civil War historian and visited all the major battlegrounds of the Civil War. He and Sally also took the time to indulge their greatest passion which was being grandparents. Charles was lovingly known as "Grampy" and "Papa" to his grandchildren Erin (Sether), Morgan (Zach), Jordan, Caitlin, Kiley (Shane), John Ryan (Tara), Devon (Shay), Molly, Callie, Braden, Maurie, Cameron, Kristen, William and Katie, and great-grandchildren Aiden, Gavin, Teagan, Issac, Bridger, Paige, Kensington, Hannah and Charlotte.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Sally, sons-in-law Christopher Copple and Jacen Jeffrey, parents Charles and Vesta, and brother Robert.
He is survived by his four daughters, Patti Shake and husband Bob, Mary Copple and husband, Wally, Kristine Bailie and companion Sam, Tracy Knowlton and husband Jeff; 15 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, companion Vivian Terry, brother-in-law, Pat Toohey and wife, Kathy, sister-in-law Joan Toohey, and many nieces and nephews.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held at the Kenai Senior Center at 7:00 p.m on Friday, July 11, 2014. He was laid to rest with Sally Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Kenai Cemetery.
Any memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Central Peninsula, P.O Box 2584, Soldotna, Alaska 99669.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please sign Charles online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on June 30, 2014