Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Interment at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
Michael T. Bailey of Morgan Hill, CA was born in Gary, Indiana on May 20, 1950. He peacefully joined the Lord December 26, 2012 at the age of 62.
Michael loved his family. He is survived by his cherished “wifee”, Carolyn Collins-Bailey; his loving daughters, Jean Marie Bailey (Sarah) and Kari Lea Smith (Bill), and his treasured grandchildren; Jeffrey, Luke and Mason. Many relatives and friends will miss Mike. Evereyone knows that Mike will be preparing a place for them in Heaven with his John Deere tractor!
Michael had several successful careers which included the U.S. Postal Service and Security Officer at Securitas Security.
Michael honorably served his country in the Navy (1968-1972). He completed Two Tours of Viet Nam (1971-1972). He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Service Medal, Viet Nam Combat Medal with 3 Stars and the Presidents’ Unit Accommodation Ribbon which he proudly wore on his United States Navy baseball cap.
Michael’s childhood years were spent in Kansas, IL and Springfield, IL. When he joined the Navy, Mike traveled to California and lived in Long Beach, CA and Sacramento, CA. In 1994, Mike moved to Reno, Nevada and in 1999, met his wife, Carolyn, and they have been married for 13 years. In 2005, Mike made Morgan Hill, CA his home with Carolyn, who was raised in Morgan Hill.
Mike enjoyed being with family, cooking, fishing, listening to music, shopping and traveling. He loved his furry kids and will especially miss Chloe, his favorite cat. When he lived in Reno, NV, he enjoyed the re-enactments of the Old West. He always said that he would have liked living in the days of Wyatt Earp.
I know that Mike is in his “Western” Heaven… he has his Wyatt Earp outfit on with his favorite shotgun and he is sitting on the porch in Dodge City talking with his hero! He is waving to all of us saying, “Happy trails to you…until we meet again…!”
The family requests that donations be made in Mike’s memory to the Veterans Administration Hospital or the Shriners Children’s Hospital.