September 8, 2021
Derek Joseph Bailey, Traverse City. died September 8, 2021, in Midland, MI. Born December 3, 1972, to Leon and Mary L. (Anderson) Bailey Jr.
Derek attended NMC, Glen Oaks Community College, and Grand Valley State University. He had started working on his doctorate. Derek loved education and always encourage people to continue their education.
Derek served as the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Chairman, served on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, and eventually ran for the state House of Representative. Derek had the distinct pleasure of meeting former President Barack Obama at the White House.
Derek and his only sibling, Stacey shared a unique bond that lasted his lifetime.
He is survived by his father Leon Bailey Jr., sister Stacey (Bailey) Bryant, his 3 sons Nimkees, Kihew, and Maengun; nephew Benjamin and niece Bailey.
Derek was preceded in death by his mother Mary, grandparents John and Elsie Anderson, Leon and Luella Bailey Sr.
Private service was held at Jowett Family Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the family. Arrangements provided by Jowett Family Funeral Home.
Published by Benzie County Record Patriot on Sep. 21, 2021.