Tim Bailey -
Leslie Dodge "Tim" Bailey, 91, of New London, died Friday, January 24, 2014 at his home.
He was born February 11, 1922 in Danville, Iowa, the son of Robert Kent and Flora Marie Kelly Bailey. On May 9, 1944 he married Shirley LaRue Williams at Laurenberg-Maxton Air Base in North Carolina. He was a 1939 graduate of Danville High School.
Mr. Bailey served in the U.S. Air Force as a Glider Pilot during WW II and was a 2nd Lieutenant with the Air Commandos Group in the China-Burma-India Theater from 1944-1946. He was active in the National Glider Pilot program and was a Wing Commander for many years. He and his wife attended the yearly National Reunions often.
After the war, he farmed west of Danville and also worked at the Burlington Railroad Shops. He then purchased the C. L. Jennings Well Drilling and Pump Service which became the Bailey Pump and Well Service, retiring in 1981. He became an avid wood worker and worked along with his son Kevin in the furniture business. He enjoyed building furniture for his family and friends.
Mr. Bailey was a member of Harmony Bible Church for over 50 years, serving on the church board and teaching Sunday school for many years. He later became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant. He taught Maple Leaf Bible Class for several years. He enjoyed teaching Bible classes and was an enthusiastic student of Bible Prophecy, using a 4 x 12 foot Biblical chart to illustrate this study in many homes and churches.
Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife; three sons, Randel Bailey of Kansas City, MO, Kevin (Gail) Bailey of New London, and Ridge (Ghada) Bailey of Jakarta, Indonesia; two daughters, Susan (Timothy) Rinn of Steamboat Springs, CO, and Dinah Star Bailey of Sunrise Terrace Care Center, Winfield; eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law Wendell (Ruth) Williams of Danville. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Reade; two sisters, Frances Roberts and Lois Sullivan.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant. Pastor Mike Hess will officiate. Military Rites will be presented by the Henry County Honor Guard. According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and inurnment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. A memorial has been established to Sunrise Terrace Care Center, Winfield, where his daughter Dinah resides.
Elliott Chapel, New London is assisting with arrangements.
What a shock to receive Charles Days e-mail that
"Tim" had made his last flight on Friday A.M. I had visited with Tim on Wednesday regarding my membership in the NGPA. I must be the last membership he processed. We had a great visit.
Our condolences to the family. Bob and I remember Tim and Shirley fondly! Tim taught a prophecy class that has no rival! A true man of God! He and his wife welcomed us when we first went to Harmony. We have talked of Tim many times to our friends here in Michigan about his glider pilot days and stories he told and as we said his prophecy classes. Angels are rejoicing with his homecoming.
Members of the National World War II Glider Pilots Association, Inc offer our deepest condolences to all of Tim's family. Tim was a caring, and dedicated person molded by his duties as an officer and glider pilot serving to preserve our freedom during WWII and by his faith in God and Jesus Christ. He will be honored for eternity.