87-year-old McLeansboro resident, William “Bill” Bailey died at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday at his home. He was a retired Illinois State Police Trooper having served in Districts 12, 13 and 19. He was also a farmer. A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, he served as a Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class from Sept. 20, 1943 to March 15, 1946. He served aboard the USS Whippett in the Asia Pacific Campaign during WW II.
Survivors include two daughters, Donetta Reed and companion Marvin Malone of McLeansboro and Billie Banovz and husband Randy of McLeansboro; a son, Rick Bailey and wife Janice of McLeansboro; two step-sons, John Scattone and wife Marsha of McLeansboro and Mike Scattone and wife Valerie of Crossville; sisters, Nancy Fervert and husband Frank of Mattoon, Jeri Briggs of Boonville, IN, Anna Mae Hoffee and husband John of Fairfield, Fernie Atwood of Fairfield and Doris Marie Bergner and husband Sheldon of Olney; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and a special friend, Colleen Clevenger of Fairfield.
Services for William “Bill” Bailey will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial at Mt. Olivet Church Cemetery at McLeansboro with military honors provided by the Illinois State Police, American Legion Post 106 and a Military Honor Team from Marion.
Visitation will be 5 – 8 Friday evening, July 5 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Memorials may be made to the Hopewell Baptist Church and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.