Walter Bailey

Died: Thu., Apr. 2, 2015


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Lifelong Harney County rancher/farmer Walter David Bailey died on April 2, 2015.  Walt was born in Burns, Oregon to Tom and Maxine (Kerns) Bailey on March 26, 1939.  He was raised in Diamond Valley where he attended grade school.  He graduated from Crane Union High School in 1957.  As with most Crane graduates, Walt shared many humorous stories of attending school at Crane.  On August 3, 1959 Walt married Janice Jenkins.  They made their home in Diamond where they raised three children, Brad, Doug and Vade until they moved to Catlow Valley, later Frenchglen and eventually settling on a place outside of Burns, Oregon.  Walt and Janice raised hay and cattle for many years until Walt retired from the cattle and truck driving about 12 years ago.  Walt and Janice continued to raise hay involving all five grandsons.
Walt loved to have a good visit with old friends, play a fun game of cards and eat a good steak, but his greatest joy came from his family, especially his five grandsons.  He often joked that he had enough grandsons for a basketball team and always asked them “Did you get a whoopin’ at school today?”  Walt is famous amongst his grandsons for his life-lessons like, how to drive a tractor and load a truck of hay, asking them to do a task and always adding “Or are you too little?”,  his “political correctness”, “The secret to gambling is to always use other people’s money” and “Good ain’t forever and bad’s not for good.”
Walt is survived by wife Janice, sons Brad (Roxane), Doug (Lori) and Vade (Heather) and grandsons Brennan, Zach, Logan, Zane and Luke Bailey.  Walt is also survived by brother Fred and sister Libby Schafer and numerous nieces and nephews.   Walt was preceded in death by his parents, sister Colleen Hutchins, brothers Tom and Bob (Beatle) Bailey.  
At Walt’s request, there will be no funeral services.  Contributions in Walt’s memory may be made to Harney County Little League, Care of LaFollette’s PO Box 488, Burns, Oregon.

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