Donald Elliott Bailey

April 19, 1929 ~ July 8, 2020 (age 91)


Donald Elliott Bailey of Warsaw, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5:05 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City, Indiana at the age of 91.

He was born on April 19, 1929 in Goshen, Indiana to Pearl (Goppert) Bailey and Ralph Bailey.  On June 25, 1949 he was married to Barbara Joan (Valentine) Bailey.  They shared 62 years of marriage together before she passed away on March 25, 2012.

Donald was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana where he was a 1947 graduate of Pierceton High School, Pierceton, Indiana.  He retired in 1992 as the manager from North Central Farm Bureau Co-op.  He lived a long life and will be remembered as a hard worker who always cared for his family. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter:  Carolyn Rule (Warsaw, Indiana); three sons:    Rex (Helen) Bailey (Talbott, Tennessee); Roger Bailey (Warsaw, Indiana); and Mark (Linda) Bailey (Pierceton, Indiana).  Also surviving are three grandchildren:  Angy (Dave) Tabb (Warsaw, Indiana); Anita (Troy) Johnson (Warsaw, Indiana); Rich (Brandi) Wine (Chapel Hill, Tennessee); former grandson-in-law:  Michael Groves (Warsaw, Indiana); six great-grandchildren:  Tyler (Kelli Rosales) Wine (Franklin, Tennessee); Kortney Groves (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Brianne (Damion) Blackburn, Ashton Groves and Piper Johnson (all of Warsaw, Indiana);  Shelbi Wine (Chapel Hill, Tennessee);  two-great-great-grandsons:  Zander and Linkyn Blackburn (Warsaw, Indiana); and his brother:  Ralph (Myrna) Bailey (Columbia City, Indiana).  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, three sisters, and his son-in-law, Dick Rule.             

There will be a celebration of Donald’s life at a later date.  Private family burial will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Pierceton, Indiana.

Memorial donations in Donald’s name can be directed to American Legion Post #258, 104 N. First Street, Pierceton, Indiana  46562; or to Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County, 1048 S. 325 W., Pierceton, Indiana  46562 and would be appreciated by the family.

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