Larry Charles Bailey

August 1, 1941November 20, 2021

PEKIN ~ Larry Charles Bailey, 80 of Pekin, passed away at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021 at his residence, the Villas of HollyBrook in Pekin.

Born August 1, 1941 in Pekin to Charles E. and Alene (Pickerel) Bailey.

Larry leaves behind four children, and three grandchildren, he loved very much. Two daughters, Shawnie Bailey, wife of Justin Bell, parents of Sierra Bell, Gracie Bell, and Marcus Bell of Cherbourg, France and daughter Amanda Bailey of Adelaide, Australia; Two sons, Jay Bailey and Jeffrey Bailey, both of Adelaide, Australia. Larry also leaves behind his sister Shirley Bailey of Oxnard, California and brother Captain James Bailey of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also, leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Virginia Gensel and Pearlene Maas and one brother, Harold Bailey.

After high school, Larry joined the United States Air Force where he served his country as an Electronics Technician for four years and was honorably discharged.

Larry worked for the United States Government as a Satellite Shift Engineer, working with many companies such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing. This took him to many places including California, Greenland and also Woomera, Australia where he worked many years on top secret, high priority defense satellite systems. Larry had a very successful career working as a satellite engineer and was well known among defense satellite contractors as being one of the best. Because of his career, he was able to travel the world many times with his family.

Larry had a great sense of humor and always had a joke or remark that would make you laugh. He loved dogs and enjoyed visiting with them and giving them treats at the assisted living facility. Larry had a great love for music and would play the guitar and sing. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and could talk baseball with you all day.

His graveside service will be held at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Cremation rites will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

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Stacie Rice

December 2, 2021

May you rest peacefully in Heaven Uncle Larry. You were always the best PBR Rodeo buddy ever! We never missed a ride in our scorebook. I'll always remember the crazy songs you'd make up out of nowhere & the crazy tall tales you'd tell to strangers while watching them, trying to gauge just how far you could spin it. To all the great memories you left behind. I'm happy to know that you're in a better place now and no longer in pain.

Love you always,

Janie Kean

November 23, 2021

Uncle Larry & my Grandfather (his brother) ALWAYS laughter, their wit is/was unmatched! I just listened and laughed (and learned, hehee). Oh and the guitars, music. I’m a blessed girl to have had a uncle like him. May he Rest In Peace.

Arlene Bailey Day

November 22, 2021

Uncle Larry, (UNKS) came to live with us when I was in the 5th or 6th grade. He shared a room with my two brothers. One night when he first got there, all of us kids were in the living room and we heard this loud noise. Scared the daylights out of us.
My older brother Steven went in their bedroom and found out it was UNKS snoring. We had never heard anyone snore. His idea of feeding the kids was popcorn and a soda. He loved to play guitar and sing. His sense of humor would have you in tears. Then combine him with my dad!!! Watch out. Those two just fed off each other. Great fun. Great memories.
RIP UNKS! Love you.

Jay Bailey

November 22, 2021

He had a fine sense of the absurd and this man was capable of comedy gold. I will always remember him marching around the house with a bugle in his hand ( yeah you read that right) a baseball hat on backwards declaring to the world he was in fact a dude called "Billy Blatzoon!".

Good memory. There should have been more like that one.

Adios Larry Charles, see you in the clearing at the end of the trail.