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1934 - 2012 Obituary Condolences

Entered to Rest January 16, 2012, Frank Delano Bailey, 77, of Paradise California. After many days of hospitalization, he prayed that The Lord would come for him. He was ready to shed this broken, painful body for the new one he would receive in Heaven. His prayers were answered and as painful as it was, we his family, knew it was time to let our dear one go.

Frank was born January 30, 1934 in Los Angeles, California to Oscar Bailey and Leola Turner Bailey.

Loving husband of Carole Stewart Peek Bailey, Frank is survived by brother, Oscar Bailey of Twenty Nine Palms; sisters, Anita Hennis (Gerald) of Fairland, Indiana, Joanna DeKoning of Roseville, CA, and Ruth Espolt (Les) of Victorville, CA. Beloved father of Deborah Schoeninger (Greg) of Grants Pass, Oregon, Sharron Dauphine of Vancouver, Washington, Amy Bailey of Paradise, and son, Gerald Bailey of Paradise, CA. Also surviving are step-daughters, Kathleen Brines (Michael) of Chico and Lynnda Breidinger (Larry) of Spring, Texas; step-sons, Jeff Peek (Cindy) of Paradise and Dennis Peek (Kimberly) of Magalia.

Frank was preceded in death by daughter, Kathleen Henry; brother, J.D. Bailey; and sister, Frances May Bailey.

Frank was a loving grandfather of 25 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by many of the 36 foster children he and Carole loved and cared for, as well as several they considered extended family members.

As a teenager, Mr. Bailey joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War and was stationed at Twenty Nine Palms, CA. After serving for 3 years, he joined the US Navy, where he spent an additional 13 years, serving in Okinawa, Rhoda Spain, Fort Hueneme, Moffett Field, and a year in the South Pole at McMurdo Sound, Operation Deep Freeze with the Wintering Over party. As a Sea Bee, he was involved in the construction of many of the buildings still standing today.

Frank served as President of Carpenters Union, Local 316, in San Jose, California during the 1970's and early 80's. He was a high rise commercial building superintendent as well as a General Contractor. After retiring from the building industry, he went to work as the "Tool Man" at Homebase in Chico, where he met many folks who still recognized him even after he left the company due to health problems. During his lifetime, he was an avid sprint car driver for several years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and looked forward to the poker nights with his children and grandchildren. Frank never new a stranger. He had a great sense of humor and loved to talk.

The family would like to thank his doctors, the nurses, therapists, and all at Feather River Hospital who cared for him so compassionately.

Services will be held at Rose Chapel Funeral Home in Paradise at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January, 20, 2012, with interment following at Paradise Cemetery, Paradise, CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Feather River Hospice or a .
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 19, 2012
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