Bailey, Jerry Dwayne – Obituary

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Jerry Dwayne Bailey, 58, of Baker City, died March 23, 2005, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise.

His funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a reception afterward at the church’s Family Life Center.
Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Jerry was born Oct. 5, 1946, at Enterprise to Willis and Barbara Nelson Bailey. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1964. He was an outstanding athlete at Enterprise, playing in the East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game in 1964.

He attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande on a football scholarship, graduating in 1968 with a degree in teaching. He received a letter of interest from the Dallas Cowboys prior to suffering an injury that ended his football career. He always enjoyed horses and for a time rode bareback horses in rodeos. Later he found a sense of freedom taking his motorcycle on road trips.

Jerry was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a medic in Vietnam. After he was discharged from the Army he held various jobs until going to work for Qwest. At the time of his death, he had just completed 28 years with Qwest.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, and spending time with his family, especially his loving wife, Nancy. He also enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. He was a very humble person, not taking any credit for himself. His family enjoyed his quiet, gentle spirit and his unique sense of humor. Jerry was a Christian and truly loved the Lord.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Dina Bailey of New Jersey; daughter, Brandy Bailey of Portland; stepson, Tyler Frakes of Eugene; his parents, Willis and Barbara Bailey of Joseph; sister and brother-in-law, Bob and Judy Johnson of Eugene; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Cindy Bailey of Joseph and Jeff and Chris Bailey of Heppner; a granddaughter, Natalie Bailey of New Jersey; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bart Bailey.

Contributions may be made to The Hope Fund at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, or to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Baker City Hearld, Obituaries for the week of March 28 to April 1, 2005
Published: April 1, 2005


Jerry Dwain Bailey, 58, died suddenly at St. Luke’s Medical Hospital in Boise, Idaho on March 23, 2005. He was born Oct. 5, 1946 in Enterprise to Willis and Barbara (Nelson) Bailey.

Mr. Bailey graduated from Enterprise High School in 1964. He was an outstanding athlete and played in the East West Shrine Game in 1964.

He attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande on a football scholarship, graduating in 1968 with a degree in teaching. He received a letter of interest from the Dallas Cowboys prior to an injury that ended his football career. He enjoyed horses and for a time rode bareback horses in rodeos. Later he found a sense of freedom taking his motorcycle on road trips.

Mr. Bailey was drafted into the army and served as a medic in Vietnam. After he was discharged from the army he held various jobs until going to work for US West (Qwest). At the time of his death he had just completed 28 years with Qwest.

Mr. Bailey enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports and time with his family, especially his loving wife Nancy. He also enjoyed wood working and carpentry work. He was a devout Christian.

He is survived by his wife Nancy of Baker City, son Joe Bailey and his wife Dina of New Jersey, daughter Brandy Bailey of Portland, step-son Tyler Frakes of Eugene, parents Willis and Barbara Bailey of Joseph, sister Judy Johnson and husband Bob of Eugene, brothers John Bailey and wife Cindy of Joseph and Jeff Bailey and wife Chris of Heppner, granddaughter Natalie Bailey of New Jersey, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. His son Bart Bailey preceded him in death.

A funeral was held March 29 at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene. Contributions may be made in his memory to The Hope Fund at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene or to The Wildland Firefighter Foundation through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, March 31, 2005


Jerry Dwain Bailey, 58, of Baker City and formerly of Enterprise and La Grande died March 23 at St. Luke’s Medical Hospital in Boise of natural causes.

Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. A reception will follow at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery

Mr. Bailey was born Oct. 5, 1946, to Willis and Barbara Nelson Bailey in Enterprise. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1964 and attended Eastern Oregon College on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in teaching.

He received a letter of interest from the Dallas Cowboys before an injury ended his football career. He served in the Army as a medic in the Vietnam War and worked for US West, now known as Qwest, for 28 years. He enjoyed horses, rodeos, motorcycle road trips, hunting, fishing, sports, woodworking, carpentry and spending time with his family. He was known for his quiet and gentle spirit, and for his unique sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife Nancy of Baker City; children and their spouses, Joe and Dina Bailey of New Jersey, and Brandy Bailey of Portland; a stepson, Tyler Frakes of Eugene; his parents of Joseph; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Bob Johnson of Eugene; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Cindy Bailey of Joseph, and Jeff and Chris Bailey of Heppner; one granddaughter; and other relatives. A son, Bart Bailey, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Hope Fund at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene or to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in care of Gray’s West and Co.

LaGrande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 2, 2005 – Published: April 1, 2005



MLA Source Citation:

White, Judy Wallis. Wallowa County Oregon ObituariesAccessGenealogy. © 1999-2013, all rights reserved. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 2 October 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/oregon/bailey-jerry-dwayne.htm - Last updated on Dec 19th, 2011


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