In Memory of

Blair Steven Bailey

September 14, 1951 - July 19, 2019
From: West Okoboji, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Blair Steven Bailey

Blair Steven Bailey

Born: September 14, 1951
Died: July 19, 2019
Age: 67

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  Blair Bailey, the son of Frank and Blanche (Franker) Bailey was born September 14, 1951 in Cherokee, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in Peterson where he received his education graduating from Sioux Valley High School in 1971.

     He “studied life” at Iowa State University in Ames for 3½ years before he moved home to help is mother and Aunt Ida run Bailey’s Café on Main Street in Peterson, IA.  He also worked with brother Kirby in a mobile home factory in Wisconsin, at the Milford Meat locker with brother Ken, the Spencer Pack and was a foreman at Superior Grease Gun Factory where he supervised his future wife.  He was a machinist at Eaton Corporation in Spencer for 38 years retiring in September 2017.  He was a company man and took pride in his contributions to making Eaton successful.

Blair’s first date with Anita Shuck was on Friday the 13th of February in 1976 and they married six months later on August 14. A 12’ x 60’ mobile home in Blanche’s backyard was their first home. Amber was born in 1979 and Gina came in 1980.

They moved to Spencer in 1985 and lived there until 2006 when they moved into the Shuck family home on Terrace Park in West Okoboji.  

Blair was a sweet, thoughtful and quiet man. He was intensely private, but really enjoyed his family and friends. He listened well and people paid attention when he spoke.  He enjoyed bicycling into his 50’s, golf, especially the “Old Fart’s League” with Roger and Denny, keeping the computer running & secure and general tinkering with Gina.  Together they could fix about anything. He coached softball when the girls were little. Blair was a lifelong Cyclone fan and enjoyed attending games with Amber.  Gina rocked Blair’s world in September of 2013 when his extraordinary granddaughter, Valerie was born.  Especially in retirement, they were buddies.  He took her to and from the school bus stop, was Valerie’s favorite beach pal & he tried to behave when they played school.  She did send him to OES Principal Bouse occasionally.

 

Blair died unexpectedly & peacefully in his sleep on July 19, 2019.  He was an organ donor and encouraged everyone to visit with the Iowa Donor Network.

 

Left to treasure his memory are his wife Anita, daughters Amber and Gina, granddaughter Valerie and her siblings: Cody (Emily), Jason (Taylor), Breann (Brady) and Brady (Ashley), siblings Karen Otto, Littleton CO, Don Bailey, Pomeroy, IA, Gail Plagman, Okoboji, IA and Terry (Mary Jo) Bailey, Council, Bluffs, IA. His big boy cat from Ronda Ellis, Tuxedo  Bailey, the family lap warmer will miss him too.

 

Blair was the baby of nine and was preceeded in death by his parents; brothers Kirby & Ken and sisters, Kay & Susan, nephews Kevin Bailey (Kirby) and Rodney Plagman (Gail), Sisters-in-law, Roxy Bailey (Kirby), J.J. Bailey (Ken), Judy Bailey (Don), Christine Marris and Dolores Shuck and brothers-in-law, Charles Bowers (Kay), Paul B. Otto (Karen) and Ellis Plagman (Gail).

 

All of his friends and family will really miss this gentle man.  The world has lost a good one. 

SERVICES
A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 23, at the Milford Community Center - Located at 806 N. Ave. in Milford, Iowa.


INTERMENT
Privately at a later date.

Condolences

Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:17 PM
“Dear Anita, I am shocked and saddened to hear of Blair's passing. He was as good a person as walks on this planet and you were fortunate to share your life with him and he was fortunate to find someone like you. I have no words adequate to express our feelings. ”
- John Shuck & Christina Shuck, Wendy & Jesse
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8:02 AM
“So sorry for your loss. A great guy. ”
- Jim & Linda Casey
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 5:51 PM
“Anita and girls; I am so sorry to hear of Blair's passing. I just learned about his passing today as I have been away from the news and paper for the past few days. May you keep all the happy memories and times close to your hearts. Rest in peace, Blair.”
- Mary O'Brien
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 1:18 PM
“My Dear Anita, Amber, and Gina-I simply cannot believe what I just read, how can this be? My heart aches and breaks for you all. I see his great smile, easy going manner, and from your communication, a proud grandpa. You are all in my thoughts, prayers, and soul. From the bottom of my heart, I am so very sorry. It just is so very unfair to feel such hurt, no sense of control, and have questions with no answers.”
- Cathy Goemer
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:55 AM
“Anita and family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My sincere condolences to you. Hugs to you all.”
- Julie Fisher
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:54 AM
“Our thoughts & prayers are with your family as you cope with his death. Cherish all the memories and the many stories.”
- Neal & Cindy Drefke
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:54 AM
“I enjoyed working with Blair at Eaton and he was on the golf league with me, he never complained he was just a quiet man always had a smile. Prayers for the family”
- Jone Lewis
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 5:22 AM
“We are “sorry fo your loss” just doesn’t cut it here. We are still in shock & unsure of what to say. “Blaze” was such a quiet, thoughtful man. Had many good times together. ”
- Bob & Shelly Hartzell
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 5:22 AM
“Anita & family, so sorry for your loss, may your fond memories get you through this difficult time, sending lots of hugs & prayers to you.”
- Jane Hoffman & Jayden Naber
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 5:21 AM
“Anita and family, Jerry and I are so very sorry for your loss and hope and pray that you find some comfort through friends and each other. Thinking of you and sending many prayers. ”
- Jerry and Mary Jones
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 5:21 AM
“So sorry Anita, I have known Blair all my life and went to scj
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So sorry Anita, Blair was such a good quiet person. Another gone to soon from the class of 1970. Our sympathy and Prayers for all your family”
- Cheri Brown
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 2:27 PM
“Anita, Amber and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Blair. you are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Rhonda & Steve Essick
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 2:01 PM
“Dear Bailey family, so sorry to hear of Blair's passing. I worked with him at Eaton and always enjoyed his quiet strength. He was a pleasant guy to work with who took great pride in doing good work. Prayers to your family.”
- Dale & Rhonda Streufert
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 12:08 PM
“I enjoyed working with Blair at Eaton and he was on the golf league with me, he never complained he was just a quiet man always had a smile. Prayers for the family”
- Jone Lewis
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 12:07 PM
“We have lost a great man and mentor. I really enjoyed getting together with your family in Iowa over the years and listening to all the stories. Blair was loved and respected by many including myself. Prayers to all of you as you cope with his passing. ”
- Donald Hochhalter
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 12:07 PM
“Hugs to you and the girls Anita. We were so sorry to hear about Blair's passing. Good Man/Good Friend! ”
- Wayne and Candy Coffman
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10:16 AM
“Our sympathies. The world just lost a "Big" man!”
- Myra Coover & Cris Coover
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10:15 AM
“Anita's and family I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and may the Lord take you under his wings and watch o er you all.”
- Dawn Munger Fuhrman
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“Our deepest sympathies. ”
- Patrick and Carol Morgan
Monday, July 22, 2019 at 6:34 AM
“Anita.... Hugs, thoughts, prayers.”
- Bert Baldus
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9:02 PM
“Dear Anita and girls,
I was surprised to read of Blair's passing. I worked with him for all those years together at Eaton and recall that he always had a smile and wave when I passed him on my way to the boiler room for my own work duties. We crossed paths from time to time on the girls softball field. I am certain that this will be a tremendous void for you. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love and may many great memories sustain you in the days ahead. Tom Galik”
- Tom Galik
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9:01 PM
“So very sorry to learn of Blair's sudden passing. He was a great person to work with at Eatons. May you keep all the memories close to your heart & he will always be near. God bless the the Bailey family.”
- PAT LARSEN
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9:01 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Blair was one of s kind and a very special friend to us both. Always had a kind word and a michevious smile. Love you all!”
- Frank & Sheri Prowant
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9:00 PM
“Anita and family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Blair’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Sharon Holven
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9:00 PM
“Anita and family, We are so shocked and saddened at the loss of Blaire. Please accept our deep and sincere sympathy.”
- Loran, Denise and Reed Anderson
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 1:03 PM
“Anita and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you thoughts and prayers. ”
- Jerry Johnston
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 1:03 PM
“I worked and also supervised Blair at Eaton Corporation. He was a great coworker and friend. He will be missed. Prayers to you and your family. ”
- Harvey Baxter
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 1:03 PM
“So very sorry for the loss of your husband. Romberg all the good memories you have from the time you had together. ”
- Marsha Turnipseed Koughn
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9:23 AM
“Dear Anita and family, Mike and I were shocked to learn of Blair’s passing. We had recently recounted the story on Ragbrai when Bair decided to walk home after the band played, took a wrong turn and must have walked 10 miles before he got to our guest house! It didn’t keep him from getting on his bike in the morning though. Good times. Rest in peace Blair.”
- Sharon Eckhart
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 7:22 AM
“Condolences to Bailey family. Growing up in small town Peterson we all knew all of our classmates and their families. I remember what a cute cute baby he was with chubby little cheeks and I was so thrilled when Blanch let me hold him one day. I thought he was the cutest little baby ever. Prayers for his soul and the entire family.”
- Roxanne Berg Grona
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 7:22 AM
“Anita and Family, my heart aches for you. Had a lot of fun at work and play with Blair over the years. I ran into your Daughter Amber at the Lakes a few weeks back and chatted with her a bit and said to make sure to tell her folks Hi for me. I hope she was able to do that. Very sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Blair

Take Care All”
- Tony Lowe
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 7:21 AM
“We send our sympathies Anita, along with a hug.”
- Jon & Judy Bang
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 7:20 AM
“Anita,
So sorry for your loss...prayers for you and your family. ”
- Mary Caskey
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 9:08 PM
“Anita and girls we were shocked to hear of Blair’s passing. You all are in our prayers and thoughts. ”
- John and Sandy Hill
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 9:07 PM
“ Worked with Blair at Eatons and the news of his passing shocked and saddened me. May you all be wrapped in Christs arms and surrounded by many memories of Blair. Your sadness is shared with myself and many more that knew him through Eatons.”
- Thomas Jon Montgomery
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:37 PM
“I am so so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our condolences to you family ❤️”
- Erica Delira
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:37 PM
“Anita and family Im so sorry for the loss of your husband dad and son. May Gods blessing surround you duri g this. My prayers for peace.”
- Cathy Giberson
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:37 PM
“Anita and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Blair's passing. A wonderful man, no doubt. Please know my thoughts are with you and your girls.
- Lora Van Ryswyk
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:37 PM
“So sorry for your loss Anita and family, blessings and prayers today and in the days to come.”
- Richard and Dixie Young
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:36 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. So sorry for your loss. ”
- Becky Allen
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:47 PM
“So sorry for your loss, Blair will be missed”
- Jacque & Terry Heinrichs
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:47 PM
“Sorry to hear about Blair. We just wanted you to know we are thinking of you! Take care!”
- Larry & Cheryl Cruchelow
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:37 PM
“Anita & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Blair sounded like an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend. God bless you all. ”
- Carrie Nelson
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:23 PM
“Anita and girls, I am so very sorry for your loss!!! Blair was such an awesome man and he will be missed by so very many people!! Hugs to you all!”
- Jules Scadden
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:07 PM
“Anita, Gina and Amber-We are so shocked and saddened to read this. Our condolences to your entire family. Blair was a great guy, we have many fond memories of him. He will surely be missed! Hugs to you!
- Jann & Larry Arends
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:04 PM
“Anita, we want you to know just how sorry we are to hear about your loss. Please except our sincere condolences. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Deb & Merrill Meese
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4:04 PM
“Anita, prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. ”
- Jill Susie
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 3:41 PM
“Anita's, I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and the girls.”
- Kerrie Hull
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 3:22 PM
“Anita, very sorry to hear of Blair's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. ”
- Sue Zitterich
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 3:14 PM
“Anita, Amber & Gina so sorry to hear of Blair’s passing . He was a very nice man and have lots of memories with you guys while being on CRU . Our deepest sympathies to you & all your family Big Hugs to you guys !! Jeff & Connie Bromley”
- Jeff & Connie Bromley
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 3:13 PM
“So sorry to hear this Anita, sending many hugs and prayers to your family. ”
- Rosemary Booth
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 3:13 PM
“Sorry for your loss Anita. Sending prayers to you and your family.”
- Bonnie Umscheid
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 3:13 PM
“Anita i am so sorry to hear this , take care of yourself. ”
- Sande Smith
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 1:43 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of your great loss Anita. Our hearts and prayers are with you. ”
- Bob & Dee Starkey
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 1:43 PM
“So sorry for your loss. It all comes too quickly. He was a classmate and great guy. ”
- Beth Morris Cathcart
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 1:43 PM
“Anita, Amber, and Gina
I have so many fun memories with you all as a child and always enjoyed Blair so much ;) We are so sorry and sending so much love you way ❤️ ”
- Venus Anderson
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:48 AM
“What a great man gone to soon. Anita, we love you.”
- Larry and Kathy Morrill
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:24 AM
“Anita - I am so sorry to read of Blair’s passing. May you find peace in hearing all the stories of his life; may you laugh thru the tears - God bless all of you - Anne”
- Anne Rehnstrom
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 8:57 AM
“Anita and girls,
There are no words to say how sorry we are. Blair was a great guy. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you made together. Hugs to all of you.”
- Jo & Leon Stoermer
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:29 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss..our deepest sympathy for you and your family. ”
- Linnea Coover and Robert Johnson
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:29 AM
“I am so very sorry Anita. Praying for you all. ”
- Melissa Bahr
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:18 PM
“I am so sorry Anita. My heart aches for you and the family. Hugs to you my friend. ”
- Katrina Altenhofen
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:18 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers ”
- Craig and Barb Keough
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8:21 PM
“Worked with Blair for a brief time at the end of Eaton's tenure in Spencer. He was great. He was always there to assist anytime I had any questions or problems.”
- Brad Dodge
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