Richard O. "Dick" Bailey, of Grove City, passed away in Countryside Nursing Home, Mercer, on Tuesday, (Dec. 19, 2017) following a four-month illness. He was 94.
Dick was born in Grove City on Dec. 24, 1922 to Robert and Francis (Cubit) Bailey.
He married Myrtle D. Decker on March 27, 1953; she preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 1993.
He retired in 1990 after 43 years with Cooper Energy Services, where he was a skilled laborer on the erection floor on the plant. He was also a motorcoach driver for Grove City Bus Lines for many years.
He was a member of Center Presbyterian Church, Grove City.
Dick was a proud veteran who served in the 13th Air Force during WW II in the South Pacific.
He was a car enthusiast who raced cars for more than 28 years. He was an early member of NASCAR and in his younger days he raced on the old Daytona Beach raceway, earning a qualifying certificate at 130 mph. He raced on the newly opened Dayton International Speedway in 1959.
Dick was a private pilot. He enjoyed bowling, motorcycles, and showing his two classic cars at various events.
He was a hard-working, self-talented man, but most of all he was a wonderful husband and father who will be greatly missed.
Dick is survived by: three sons, Richard D. Bailey and wife Melissa, Kokomo, Ind., William R. Bailey and wife Melissa, Harrisville, and Bryan L. Bailey and wife Christi, Grove City; grandchildren, Kody and Kayla Orr.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; two sisters, Anna Rosner and Hanna Bowser; four brothers, Alphonse "Fonnie," John, Fred and James Bailey, and a special friend, Loretta Wearing Reynolds.
Memorials may be made to any veterans organizations or any local charity that benefits others.
Richard O. "Dick," 94, of Grove City.
Visitation hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (12-22-17) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, INC., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday (12-23-17) in the funeral home conducted by Thomas Adams.
Burial: Crestview Memorial Park, Inc., with military honors.
Published on December 20, 2017