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Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

5505 Kitsap Way, Bremerton, WA

OBITUARY

William Lee Bailey

May 22, 1939July 8, 2020

William “Bill” Lee Bailey

William “Bill” Lee Bailey, Husband of Erika Bailey, Beloved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather, passed away in his home in Poulsbo, Washington on July Eighth, Twenty Twenty.

Bill is survived by his Sister: Betty Jo, Brother: James, Son: Greg, Daughters: Trish and Karen, Grandchildren: Nicholas, Curtis and Paige and Great Grandchildren: Aiden, Evelyn, Alexander and Skylar.

William Bailey was born in East Saint Louis to Oliver and Betty Evelyn Bailey on May 22nd 1939. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Bill undertook a lifelong career in the information technology field, including achieving an MBA Degree from Pepperdine University.

Bill retired after a successful IT career. He enjoyed the outdoors, sports, literature and travel with his wife, Erika Bailey, and family.

Bill will be missed by all whose life he touched.

A memorial service held on August 1 at Miller-Woodlawn Funeral and Memorial Park in Bremerton, Washington.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Reception

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

Memories

William Lee Bailey

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Pamela Linder

August 2, 2020

Dear Greg

Your father was wonderful man and had many people that loved him.
I am so sorry for your loss.
I hope you can find solace in your memories.

Pam Linder

Cindy Dodgson

August 2, 2020

Condolences to Greg, Bill’s son who was always there for Bill.

He could always count on you Greg.
I’m so glad you were able to bring him to Washington State so you could see him every weekend and know that he was well taken care of in the beautiful center that you picked out with him. I know if he could see you now he would be so proud of you and thankful to have such a good son. I want you to hold these good memories in your heart. Healing from such a loss will take time time time and that’s OK.
Sincerely,
Your sister-in-law, Cindy

Annie G

July 30, 2020

Trish,
Very saddened to hear of your father's passing. I know he was a very special part of your life. I am glad that he was here in Washington and near you for these last few years. I'm sure the service will be a lovely celebration of his life.

Mindy R

July 30, 2020

Oh Trish! I am so so sorry for your loss. Thank you for including me in this. My love and thoughts are flowing your way. What an amazing life he lived to produce a daughter such as you.
My deepest sympathy

Tacoma Glass Blowing

July 30, 2020

I am so deeply sorry to hear this news. I don't even have words to express how incredibly sad this makes me feel. I wanted to reach out to you a month or two ago, while I was home for the Stay at Home orders to see how you and Bill were doing. I wish I had. Thank you for connecting with us and inviting us to the Celebration of Life. I am so happy that you are able to celebrate his life with your loved ones through these unprecedented times. I hope you are doing well, I am sending you and your family so many hugs and loves.

Erica A

July 30, 2020

I will never forget the connection and playfulness and enthusiasm you two shared with us here at Liberty Shores. I have fond memories of you and Bill and great granddaughter clapping and singing along to Danny in the dining room. And, also, the day you brought the electric trike for Bill to ride and watching him toodle around the parking lot-so great!! My condolences are with you in this sad time. Bless you as you move through it and remember with joy what you and Bill shared together.

Erica

Liz Smetana

July 29, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Bill for several years at Shapell Industries. His office was across the hall from my office. Bill was instrumental in bringing our HR technology into the 21st century. He always had a smile and patience with me and my department as we tried to come to terms with our IT conversions. He was a generous and patient man to me and my staff. Glad he enjoyed his retirement in Washington. Best to his family.

Gregory Bailey

July 23, 2020

My Dad in Uniform, 1961.
Semper Fi

Biography

Adventures of William “Bill” Bailey

After losing his devoted wife, Erika Bailey, Bill’s move to Poulsbo, WA was punctuated by many happy events.

With the help of Trish, Greg and various family members and friends, Bill was able to experience many rich adventures. He loved and was able to enjoy:

• ‘get togethers’, whether it was Taco Tuesday, Chizu bringing his favorite Poke bowl, attending an event (like a Paella party at the hangar) Sushi at Taste Wei, co-conspiring with Trish to host the 1st annual Bremerton Bridge Blast , celebrating birthday parties (including his 80th) or having a special iced coffee, tea or smoothie with Ken, Sharon, Honnie and Eric at Café Coccina.
• Target shooting, remembering his accuracy as a Marine, he continued to practice, whether it was at the local Poulsbo shooting range, driving up to the local spot or practicing/competing at the Quigley shoot in Montana.
• Glass blowing, a new found hobby after visiting the Seattle Glass Museum..Bill couldn’t get enough of the Tacoma Glass Blowing company. It was one of his favorite places to go and/or to take family. He created many pieces that he used daily. He was amazed at how well they turned out! He was a natural at it!
• Reading, if you truly knew Bill, you know how many books he could read. He kept the Poulsbo Library on their toes with book deliveries! His mind was a sponge to learn something new. When the grandkids came around, he ‘taught’ by reading to the grand and great grandkids. They loved the time sitting in Granddad’s lap, he would read and they would help eat his snacks! His goal was to expand their minds and imagination through words.
• Sporting events, Erika and Bill were avid LA Laker fans. After moving to Washington, Bill enjoyed watching and going to Seahawk and Seattle Storm games with Trish. He admitted that the Storm basketball ‘gals’ were pretty good! He was able to attend the games during their championship year!
• Travel, Bill and Erika always enjoyed traveling. They either went to Germany or Mexico with their friends Barb and Tom. Most recently Bill was able to travel to the Bahamas with Greg, Trish and Sammy… He was looking forward to Italy and Germany this last May. We already know why that didn’t happen! He did a lot of road trips to visit family, local sites and of course, the Montana Quigley Shoot!
• Music, Bill loved his classical music, but you would frequently hear him singing an old gospel tune, Neil Diamond, Carly Simon, Johnny Cash or a Celtic song. Most recently his most favorite was listening and singing along with Danny!

Bill was loved by everyone. He was intelligent, kind, considerate and had an ever-loving ‘sweet’ personality mixed in with his dry humor. He was filled with knowledgeable fun facts. He enjoyed life, especially when time was shared with his family and friends. He is already missed.

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