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 Edward Lewis Bailey

Edward Lewis Bailey

Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Death 10 Feb 2013 (aged 84)
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Burial Kent, King County, Washington, USA
Plot Sec C, Row E, #126
Memorial ID 105352035 · View Source
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Edward Lewis "Ed" Bailey passed away peacefully at Puyallup, Washington on Sunday, February 10, 2013 just shy of his 85th Birthday. Ed was born February 18, 1928 at Omaha, Nebraska to parents Rollin Edward "Ed" and Cora Helen (Bruner) Bailey. The family moved to Seattle, Washington in 1944 where he attended West Seattle High School. In 1946, Ed joined the U.S. Navy with five high school buddies and was stationed in Guam. After serving his country, Ed returned to Seattle where he met and married Joan M. Boyd on July 2, 1948.

The newly married couple began life together while Ed attended Washington State in Pullman, then switching majors, changed schools to Western Washington in Bellingham. Son, Edward Charles, was born in 1949. Not long after; Ed joined the Naval Reserve and soon found his college education interrupted when he was called to serve once again, this time during the Korean Conflict. This 18-month tour was spent mostly in Japan.

Once Ed returned from Japan, the family returned to Bellingham and Western Washington College where he completed his Bachelors of Education degree. Their second child, Christine (Chris) Marie was born in 1953.

Ed landed a teaching job in the Highline School District in 1953 where he taught, coached and counseled for 29 years – retiring in 1982. During this time the family lived in West Seattle and later moving to Burien, Washington. During school breaks and summer vacations, Ed completed his Masters of Education from the University of Washington, as well as holding various second jobs, including clerking at the local liquor store and driving charter bus and tour guide for Greyline of Seattle, Chinook Charters, and Puget Sound Coach Lines.

Ed was very active during his lifetime and loved the game of football. He played both high school and college football, turning to coaching during his teaching career. Other leisure pass-times enjoyed included hunting water-fowl, fishing, golf, tennis, playing pool, swimming, bicycling, camping, gardening, reading, wood-carving, and genealogy research. He also enjoyed watching and participating in his children and grand-children's activities and sports programs over the years. Ed was also proud fan of his little brother, By Bailey's professional football career in Detroit, Green Bay, and Vancouver.

After retiring from teaching and charter-bus driving, Ed and Joan moved to Lacey, Washington and wintered in Mesa, Arizona. They liked to travel and took trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, and Canada as well as driving across country on the pursuit of ancestral research – stopping at as many cemeteries and Civil-War battlefields as possible along the way.

Ed enjoyed a good sense of humor, liked to "dress-up" – playing Mrs. Clause and Elvis to name a couple. He enjoyed good food and was lucky he married such a "good cook". Never taking life too seriously and knowing that his family was important. Ed was instrumental in making family traditions stand the test of time, such as the annual "Canadian Christmas" events. His laughter and gregarious presence will be truly missed.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents Ed (1995); Cora (1974); and brother, Byron "By" (1998).

Ed is interned at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. Arrangements made by Edwards Memorial Funeral Home.

(Written by Grandson, Mark McCullough)

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  • Created by: Mark McCullough
  • Added: 17 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105352035
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Lewis Bailey (18 Feb 1928–10 Feb 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105352035, citing Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Mark McCullough (contributor 47371039) .