Richard O. "Dick" Bailey, Grove City, Pennsylvania, passed away in Countryside Nursing Home, Mercer, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, following a four-month illness. He was 94.
Dick was born in Grove City on Dec. 24, 1922, to Robert and Francis (Cubit) Bailey. He married Myrtle D. Decker on March 27, 1953; she preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 1993.
He retired in 1990 after 43 years from Cooper Energy Services, where he was a skilled laborer on the erection floor on the plant. He was a member of Center Presbyterian Church, Grove City.
Dick was proud veteran who served in the 13th Air Force during World War II in the South Pacific.
He was a car enthusiast who raced cars for over 28 years. He was an early member of NASCAR and in his younger days he raced on the old Daytona Beach raceway, earning a qualifying certificate at a 130 mph. He raced on the newly opened Dayton International Speedway in 1959.
Dick was a private pilot, he enjoyed bowling, motorcycles, and he enjoyed showing his two classic cars at various events.
He was a hard-working, self-talented man, but most of all he was a wonderful husband and father who will be greatly missed.
He is survived by three sons, Richard D. Bailey and wife Melissa, Kokomo, Indiana, William R. Bailey and wife Melissa, Harrisville, and Bryan L. Bailey and wife Christi, Grove City; grandchildren, Kody and Kayla Orr.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters, Anna Rosner and Hanna Bowser; four brothers, Alphonse "Fonnie," John, Fred and James Bailey; and a special friend, Loretta Wearing Reynolds.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to any veterans organization or any local charity that benefits others.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, conducted by Thomas Adams. Calling will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park Inc., with military honors.
Published on December 20, 2017