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Fred Bailey, Jr.

2/7/1927 - 3/16/2020

MANITO ~ Fred Bailey, Jr., 93, of Manito, passed away Monday, March 16, 2020 at Grace Health Care in Florida. He spent his winters in Lake Wales, Florida.

He was born February 7, 1927 in Waverly to Fred and Flora Bailey. He married, his wife of 70 years, Leta Katherine Samms on September 16, 1945 in Palmyra, Missouri. She died June 4, 2015 in Manito.

Surviving are one son, Richard (Nancy) Bailey of Pekin; three grandchildren, Tammy (Todd) Utsinger, Barry (Ashleigh) Lane and Angela (Tony) Swiger; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and one sister, Shirley May of Pekin.

Fred was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army Air Corps. He was a charter member of the Pekin Boat Club. He was also a member of Pekin Moose Family Center #916, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1869 and Pekin Elks Lodge #1271.

He had at Pekin Distributing for 40 years, ending his career as a warehouse manager.

A graveside service for Fred will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

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