Michael Lee Dailey

May 18, 1941September 21, 2020

Michael Lee Dailey, age 79, of Arlington, Texas passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020. Michael was born at Barksdale AFB, La. to Aubrey Lee Dailey and Amanda Marguerit (Rodgers). Michael lost his mom when he was two and went to live with his maternal grandmother, Dora Effie Rodgers and uncles Joe & David Rodgers in Grand Prairie, Texas.

He was a graduate of Grand Prairie High School, class of 1959. He also attended Wayland Baptist College, Plainview, North Texas University of Denton, University of Maryland Berlin Germany, University of Texas Arlington. He holds a Bachelor and 2 Master Degrees in Library Science and the other in Language Studies.

Michael served his country serving two separate terms in the US Army. The second term he went to study Russian at the school of language Presidio Monterey, Ca. then on to Berlin Germany to serve in the Military Intelligence Program.

As a civilian he taught school in Georgia for a short time then moving to Dallas to work as a computer programmer for the city of Dallas where he retired. In his retirement many considered him a philanthropist, giving his time and money. He volunteered at DFW Airport in the ambassador program. In his free time he translated Russian and German books to English.

He leaves behind a sister, Linda Beth Shaw (Dailey) and 3 half brothers: Dale, Donald and Tommy Dailey of Arkansas along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Barbara Bristow Hawes

October 8, 2020

Mike and I had been friends since 1950 and became good friends during our years at North Texas. We shared a love of reading good books and discussed the authors as well as the books. My husband, Howie Hawes, Class of 1960, regularly received an envelope full of newspaper or magazine articles, usually about sports. There were many, many, many highlighted or underlined places with Mike's comments. Harrison Kohler and Bob Skinner also were recipients of Mike's editing. Mike emailed political articles to me even though he knew that I rarely agreed with him. I'm going to miss Mike.

Paul Aruda

October 5, 2020

We are going to miss your emails and the history lessons you gave us along with your wit.
You were a great classmate and the class of 59 will miss you.

Dale Smith

October 4, 2020

I wish to express our deepest sympathies to Michael’s family for this great loss. Anne and I met Michael when we enrolled in his German language class at UTA in I think 2004. We have kept in touch ever since via email sharing news and events of interest communicating pretty much weekly for fifteen or sixteen years now. I will greatly miss his friendship and the interaction we enjoyed. I still have one of his books that he loaned me when visiting us for dinner years ago.

Martin Savalchak

October 2, 2020

My sincere condolences to Mike's family.
Mike and I crossed paths in Berlin, Germany. Then, about 12 years ago, we reestablished contact and almost immediately started exchanging emails; sometimes about politics, sometimes about his foreign travels but, without question, about onomastics, a topic we each delighted in researching. Mike once joked that we both wasted a lot of time hunting down the "why" of surnames, but we both had fun doing it.
I will miss him and those long-distance conversations full of his knowledge, humor, and wisdom. May he Rest in Peace.
Martin Savalchak, Blue Hill, Maine.

Cecil Lawrence

October 2, 2020

We shall miss our walking encyclopedia of Grand Prairie and the world. His knowledge knew no limits. He will truly be missed by all who new him.

Wayne Kilgore

October 2, 2020

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that life would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.


Harrison Kohler

October 2, 2020

I first met Mike through church when we were both of elementary school age, and he was a faithful friend throughout my life. I treasure his memory and miss him very much.

Denny Engels

October 1, 2020

A Huge salute to a brother in arms. Rest in Peace, St. Michael.

Babette Birchett

October 1, 2020

Hey Mike, when you see RBG, be sure to ask where she went to high school...I'm gonna miss you man. Trips to the Kimbell won't be the same.

Mark R Freeman

October 1, 2020

I surely am going to miss your prowess and expertise on your vast experience and knowledge of many things of interest and importance you were able to offer to many of us. Your extremely well educated and researched slant on many current events, past history, and well thought out discoveries and overlooked factual considerations gave many pause and a well rounded approach and appreciation to the same.
A void in all who knew you will most surely be realized.


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