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Obituary: William L. (Bill) Bailey

Published on September 12, 2017 2:56PM


Obituary: William L. (Bill) Bailey

Aug. 10, 1916 –– Sept. 2, 2017

William Bailey died peacefully Sept. 2, 2017, at Angeline Senior Living in La Grade, surrounded by his family. He had recently celebrated his 101st birthday Aug. 10 eating chocolate cake and enjoying his family.

Bill was born Aug. 10, 1916, in John Day, Ore., to Harry and Mayme (Yokom) Bailey. he grew up on a ranch near Mt. Vernon, Ore. He had a sister, Lola, or John Day, with whom he had a close relationship.

He married Cecil Mae (Cec) McKern in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1939. They moved to Golden, Idaho where he worked in a railroad shop.

When World War II began, he thought he would be called up, so he wanted to move Cec closer to home. They move to Hines, Ore., where he worked in a sawmill.

Next they moved to Seneca, Ore., and he and brother-in-law Ernie Coots hauled Logs for Hines Lumber Co. Later, Ernie started a logging company, and Bill went to work for him hauling logs around Roseburg and Lakeview.

Around 1947, Bill, Cec, Ernie, Dorothy and Lana Coots moved to Joseph where Bill continued to log for Ernie. Around 1953 Ernie bought a ranch at Imnaha. When he passed away in 1965, Bill ran the ranch for Dorothy until it was sold in 1996.

Bill and Cec lost two sons at birth, but their niece, Lana, was like their own child. They were married 62 years when Cec passed away in 2001.

Bill was a member of the Elks and Masonic lodges, a Shriner and member of Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. He was honored as cattleman of the year in 1973.

He also loved to hunt and fish and probably got more than his limit on most occasions. He liked vacationing, picnicking and mushrooming with his family. He loved gardening and had a wonderful raspberry patch and grew cherries.

Bill is survived by his niece, Lana (J.R.) of enterprise; another niece, Connie (Bruce) of Albany, Ore.; a nephew Jeff (Kelly) of Albany; great nieces, Andrea (Tony) and Amy of Enterprise; Great nieces and nephews, Julie, Dennis and Kevin of California and numerous others.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, sister Lola and nephew Merlyn Black.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Sept. 19 at Joseph Methodist Church. A luncheon will follow at the church.

Bollman Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.



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