May 30, 1930 - Jun 24, 2011
Age 81 of Omaha, peacefully passed away at his home on Friday afternoon surrounded by family and friends. He is preceded in death by mother, Elizabeth Bailey; and in-laws, Frank and Frances Stehno. Don is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years Joan (Stehno) Bailey. They have 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Mel Holmes, Escondido, CA, Judy and Chris Stjernholm, Pueblo, CO, and Joanie and Alan Bark, San Diego, CA; son, John Bailey and wife Donna, who Don considered his fourth daughter; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, and Katie Stjernholm, Pueblo, Christine, Kathy, Ryan and Stephen Bailey, Omaha; sister Barbara Gillin and her children, Mary Beth Wass, Omaha, and Al Begley, Sunnyvale, CA; dearest lifetime friends and family survivors, Jean (Joan's sister) and Jean's husband, Joseph J Forman. An Omaha native, Don joined the Navy just prior to his 17th birthday. During the next 10 years, he spent 2 in the Navy, attended Navy Prep School in Bainbridge, MD, and then graduated in 1953 from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. After 4 years, he resigned his commission and spent the next 32 years at AT&T as a Professional Electrical Engineer. Retiring at an early age of 58 enabled him to pursue a second career of spending time in the outdoors, hiking the Colorado Rockies. One of his greatest joys was watching his "Magnificent Seven" (as he called his grandchildren) mature into adulthood.
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