William Edward Bailey
July 30, 1953 – April 3, 2018
On April 3, 2018, at approximately 6AM, William Edward Bailey lost his long battle with cancer. Bill was a retired US Army Special Forces officer, combat veteran of Panama and Operation "Just Cause", recipient of the 4th award of the MSM, 5th Award of the AACOM, and 6th Award of the AAM. His final command position was as the Commander, CNC Inextremis Force, Ft. Lewis, WA. He continued his service to the US Government after over 20 years of active duty, and even though determined 80% disabled by the VA worked as a US Army contractor, Special Forces Analyst, at the Combined Arms Center, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He was later hired as a GS-13 at USAREUR, Heidelberg, Germany, Chief Anti-Terrorism teams. He returned to the US in 2006 and immediately began work as the Lead Physical Security Specialist, GS-14, Eastern Regional Security Office, Dept. of Commerce, Silver Spring, MD. He retired from the Department of Commerce in April 2016 with over 40 years of continuous government service.
Bill enjoyed playing pool in the American Pool player's Association League, where he was rated a skill level 7 in 8-ball, the highest rating available and won over 2 dozen trophies. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycles, a heavily modded Suzuki, Hayabusa; and a California custom chopper. Bill was active in Democratic politics, a gun owner, a hunter, and a small arms expert, as well as a member of the ACLU, and an avowed and outspoken atheist.
Bill is survived by his wife, Jackie, his brother Tom, and his sister Joanna, as well as many valued friends.
- Visitation Monday, April 9, 2018
- Memorial Service Monday, April 9, 2018
William Edward Bailey
April 6, 2018
My favorite memory of Bill was when I visited Bill and Jackie with Mary Jane in Germany. When I was visiting, I was able to get on the back of Bill's bike and ride on the autobahn. It was an experience I continue to brag about today. I also beat him in cribbage while I was there and we had some great conversation about the future. Then, at 16, it got some more wheels turning, in terms of the person I wanted to become.
Last time I saw Bill was for dinner in Tucson during a visit, at one of my favorite places. Even though it had been years, Bill's conversational skills made catching up easy and I appreciated his genuine care about in the events in Amanda and I's lives. My Uncle Bill was one of a kind, and his presence will be surely missed.