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 James Roberts Dailey

James Roberts Dailey

Riley, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Death 13 Aug 2005 (aged 86)
Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, USA
Burial Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, USA
Plot Mausoleum
Memorial ID 79578336 · View Source
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J. Roberts Dailey, a former speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives who used his power to block state-supported gambling, has died at the age of 86.

Dailey died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, in Westminster Village, a Muncie retirement home.

The cause of death was not immediately available, said John Emge, a funeral director at Meeks Mortuary, where arrangements were pending Sunday.

Dailey was born June 22, 1919 in Riley, the son of James and Ruth Roberts Dailey. After graduating from Riley High School in 1937, he continued his education at Indiana State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1941.

Dailey, a Republican who became speaker in 1981 at the start of his third term in the House, was an outspoken opponent of state-supported gambling and used the powerful speaker's position to stave off the creation of a state lottery. The Hoosier Lottery was not started until 1989, two years after he left office.

Roberts later said that his opposition to the lottery triggered the end of his political career. He was upset in the 1986 election by Democrat Marc Carmichael, who received strong support from the powerful Indiana State Teachers Association.

Dailey, a real estate agent, was first elected to the Legislature in 1976.

In 1992, Dailey received one of Ball State University's highest honors, the Medal of Distinction for leadership and service to the state and university. Six years later, he was named chairman of the Christian Coalition of Indiana, a state affiliate of the national organization that was a trailblazer in conservative Christian politics.

He was involved in real estate counseling and appraising since 1952 for American Electric Power Co., Ball Corp., Ball State University, Borg Warner Corp. General Motors Corp., Ontario Corp., Overhead Door Corp., Westinghouse Corp., banks, attorneys, individuals, and companies.

Recognized for his outstanding contributions to the community, Dailey received the following awards: Riley Indiana High School Outstanding Alumni, Indiana State University Alumni of the Year, Ball State University Medal of Distinction, Sagamore of the Wabash, Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, Jaycee Boss of the Year, Realtor of the Year, and the Horatio Alger Award.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Anita; daughter, Colleen Dailey; three sons, John Dailey, Christopher Walker (wife-Julie), Randal Peck (wife-Angie); five grandchildren, Mathew Jarvis (wife-Ann), Nick Jarvis, Sarah Walker, Chantell Peck, and Brendon Peck; brother, James A. Dailey (wife-Ruth); and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at High Street United Methodist Church at 219 S. High St. in Muncie, with Dr. Jack Hartman, Dr. Sheldon Drucker, and Dr. Ronald Naylor officiating. Emtombment will follow in the Elm Ridge Mausoleum. Friends may call at the church from 2 until 8 p.m. Tuesday. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church with services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be directed to Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County Inc., P.O. Box, 807, Muncie, IN 47308.


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