Gene M. Bailey passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 24, 2017, surrounded by family. He fought cancer for the last year. His funeral service will be Thursday, June 1, 2:00 p.m. at the Neodesha United Methodist Church, 802 Indiana Street, Neodesha, under the direction of the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, 6-8 o’clock at the funeral home, 704 Indiana Street, Neodesha.
Gene was born January 23, 1942, to Geraldine (Mason) and Albian W. Bailey in Olney, Illinois. He lived most of his life in Neodesha, Kansas, a town he loved. He graduated from Neodesha High School in 1960, enrolled at KU and pledged Sigma Nu Fraternity. After a year, he left KU and lived in New York City for six months. He then moved back to Lawrence and bought The Stables, a popular bar and hangout close to the KU campus. He later sold it and went to Kansas State College of Pittsburg and graduated with an English Degree in 1968.
In 1972 Gene married Linda Lindley in Halls, Tennessee. They made their home in Neodesha. They divorced in 1983. In 1993 he married Pattie (Deer) Wallace on Little Bear’s Mound.
He is survived by wife, Pattie of the home; sister Polly (Floyd) Reichardt of Augusta, KS; brothers Bud (LaDonna) Bailey of Neodesha, KS and Lane (Kay) Bailey of Plattsmouth, NE; daughters Lindley Anderson of Austin, TX and Gerimee Bailey of Wilson, NC; stepsons Sean (Lorri) Wallace and Heath (Jill) Wallace of Neodesha, KS; stepdaughter Heather (Kendall) Pierce of Altoona, KS; grandchildren Lexie & Eli Anderson, James Burt, Josh Burt, Jake Burt, John Wallace, Kassandra Duff, Wyatt Wallace, Brett Dick-Wolfe, Montie Wallace, Nait (Savannah) Leedy, Quoi Leedy, River Raida, Anna Pierce, Kendall Pierce, Jr., and great-grandchild, Killian Burt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Jimmee Bailey.
Memorial remembrances can be made to ACS Hope Lodge Kansas City, 1120 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64105 or Home Town Hospice, 921 W. Myrtle, Independence, KS 67301.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.loranfawcettchapel.com
Patty we are sorry for your loss. The after life just got a little crazier with Gene and Jared together again! Hope you and your family remember the good times and cherish those memories. The best compliment I can say is that Gene was a good man!
Mickey and Debbie PondBranson, MO
Ms. Bailey we are so sorry for the loss of your father . May you be comforted at this time and hold on to your sweet precious memories. Lorraine L, Lisa A, and Lisa C. Gardners Cafeteria Child Nutrition team.
GARDNERS CAFTERIAELM CITY, NC
Patti and family - so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and lots of prayers your way. God bless you all.
Becky (McCormack) ScottDiamond City, CA
So very sorry for your loss.
Floretta CarpenterNeodesha, KS
I've known Gene Bailey for most of my life and have known him to be a strong, compassionate, kind, funny, generous gentleman always. Also good husband to my dear friend Pattie, great father, so many good things about him. Very sad to have him pass way to soon. It is a loss to all of us who knew him. We are all lucky to have known him and to have been able to have spent any amount of time with him.
Gayle MedowIndependence, KS
Patty, so sorry for your loss. You are I. My prayers for God's comfort and compassion to surround you at this time.
Rejeania MartinNeodeshs, KS
Pattie we are so sorry for your loss of Gene. You both have fought a hard battle. We have enjoyed getting to know you both through Nancy and John and your passion for those KU sports. Allen fieldhouse will miss Gene's cheering!! Know that we are thinking of you at this time!
Jim and Cheryl ShoemakerOverland park, KS
Be at peace old friend. I have many fond memories of the Stables and seeing you at Allen Fieldhouse over the years. Patti - I am sorry for your loss.
Kent WeatherbyShawnee, KS
While we all go through the feelings of sadness and grief at the news of Gene leaving us, there will be many reasons to smile and celebrate his life. Our prayers have been with Patti and the family and will continue to be. God Bless!!
Ron and Joan Clifton
Ron CliftonHutchinson, KS