Bailey, Dean M.|
Dean M. Bailey, age 92, formerly of the town of Rome (Nekoosa), died Monday, January 9, 2017 at Atrium Post Acute Care in New Holstein.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa. Rev. Bill Fischer will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 PM. and Saturday from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Military rites will be provided by Nekoosa VFW Post 5960. Online condolences may be expressed at ritchayfuneralhome.com.
Dean was born June 9, 1924 in Belvidere, IL to Fred and Alversa (Rote) Bailey. Dean served in the US Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He married Jean Warner on September 6, 1947 in Janesville. She died May 31, 2006. Dean was formerly employed at Smith Oil Company in Rockford, IL and was a bartender at several establishments in Illinois.
Dean was a member of the Wisconsin Rapids Elks Club and was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He had a quick wit and always had a joke to share. He loved music and could often be heard singing Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett songs. Dean was an avid outdoorsman and in his senior years loved going four-wheeling with his wife Jean.
He is survived by four children, Dan (Marilyn) Bailey of Nekoosa, Nancy (Rod) Hoppe of Chilton, Sharon Bailey of Wisconsin Rapids, and Janet (special friend Jim Ross) Bailey of Plover; five grandchildren, April Anderson, Katie Smith, John McGuire, Melissa Bailey, and Jennifer Chellsen; five great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Marion "Jeanette" Hector of Billings, MT.
Dean was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and his brother Herb.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Jan. 11, 2017