Duane Larent Bailey

July 26, 1979July 4, 2013
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When Duane Bailey walked into the room, those in his company felt his energy and spontaneity. This was just one example of who Duane was and how he impacted those around him. Duane was a clever person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Duane wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries Duane was born on July 26, 1979 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He was the son of Joel Frank Bailey Jr. and Dorina Cecilia Bailey. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorina. Several years later, his father Joel married Jane Michaelson. Duane affectionately loved Jane and accepted her as his “mom”. Duane was quite humorous and always ready to tell a good joke, while some who knew Duane might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Duane was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him. One of his dreams was to write and publish is own comic book, called Rage Comics. As a young boy, Duane was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. In his spare time he loved his train sets. Duane had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and his childhood friends shared. Assertive and outgoing, Duane was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were his cousins. Duane left his employment as a laborer to pursue further education. He enrolled in an automotive school focusing on auto mechanics. As a small child, he loved to take things apart and put them back together differently. Duane was very creative, thus his interest in art. He was always searching to learn something new and adventurous. This led to his enlistment into the United States Navy. His basic training was in Chicago, Illinois. He was then employed by the Military hospital also in Chicago. Duane Bailey passed away on July 4, 2013 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. He is survived by his father, Joel F. Bailey Jr., stepmother, Jane Michaelson; brothers, Joel F. Bailey III of Middletown. OH; Philip J Bailey of Moreno Reno Valley, CA; four sisters, LaRica Matthers of Cincinnati, OH; LaVel Matthers of Middletown, OH; Niekelia L Bailey Cincinnati, OH; Gwen Bartlett (Bill) of Roseburg OR., and a host of other uncles, family members and friends. Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. - Unknown Author


  • Visitation Service Friday, July 12, 2013

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Euolinda Bailey

August 4, 2014

Hey cousin, it's been a year already, I'm still in shock!! I miss and love you!!

jessica van skike

September 19, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Mary Lou Colorossi

July 21, 2013

Joel & Family, so sorry for your loss. No words can take the pain away. Just know you are in my prayers.

Tiffanie Foreman

July 17, 2013

To Brother Bailey and Family,

On behalf of the Empire Funeral Directors Association we send our deepest condolences love and support on the passing of young Duane Larent Bailey.


Tiffanie P, Foreman
State Secretary

Alexander C. Wynn, III

July 15, 2013

As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you... (Isaiah 66:13)

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

J.W. Anderson

July 15, 2013

The storms of life come to us and like a cloud filled day Mt. Rainier can't be seen.But the mountain is there, always there, a reminder that God is always in the shadows keeping watch above his own.

Le Anna White

July 15, 2013

Cousin, I'm saddened by your death, yet comforted by fond memories of our time. We were always together. You tried to act like you were so much older than me, but in reality you only had me by two months. I remember us playing as little kids, and you wanting to swap your G.I. Joe(s) for my Barbie(s). I think of the times we talked about me writing a book, and you doing the illustrations. This is surreal. I love you dearly! Mommy said to tell you, "I miss you; I love you, and I'll see you soon!" Gone but too lively to be forgotten! Rest in peace! <3

The Family Funeral Home

July 14, 2013

No one can understand your tears like you can. No one can feel the emtpiness in your soul. Jesus is the one to give you strength from day to day. i am praying for you.

Bill Straley

July 14, 2013

Joel: We all feel your pain at Duane's passing and hope you know we care about you and will stand with you as you walk through this sorrow.

Nelson Greene Jr

July 14, 2013

Brother Joel: Nelson Jr. and I hold you in our prayers and will lift your family in prayer at our church service today. Please know that your brothers and sisters in Epsilon Nu Delta across the country are with you in prayer and in spirit. Nelson Jr. & Donita Greene, Alpha Delta Chapter