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Harold Ray Bailey, age 88, of Knoxville, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016, at Jefferson Place in Pella. Harold was born on July 22, 1927, in Knoxville, the son of Charles and Millie (Kingery) Bailey. Harold attended Knoxville Schools and worked as a farm hand for a short time. In 1945, Harold enlisted in the United States Army, where he later became a military police officer. In 1949, Harold was united in marriage to Jenella Doreen Den Burger, to this union they were blessed with four children; Priscilla, Donald, Julie and Jeff. After serving in the military, Harold worked on the VA Fire Department in Knoxville until his retirement in 1983. Following retirement, Harold managed the VFW in Knoxville and enjoyed cooking during the Steak fries on Saturday nights. Harold was also a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. During Harold’s membership with the VFW, Harold had the honor of serving as Commander. Harold spent much of his summer camping. His preferred camping spot was at Ponca within Whitebreast Campground. He enjoyed spending time fishing, relaxing with friends and family, and taking hunting trips to Wyoming. Harold attended the New Covenant Church. Harold is survived by his four children, Priscilla Bishop and husband Roger, Donald Bailey and wife Betty, Julie Petersen and husband Jim, and Jeff Bailey and wife Peggy all of Knoxville; eight grandchildren, Melodie Bishop, Angela VandeKamp and husband Troy, Brian Bishop and wife Katie, Justin Petersen, Jacob Petersen and wife Lauren, Joshua Petersen, Jenny Petersen and Jamie Bailey and fiancé Zach McClellan; and four great-grandchildren, Austin Bishop, Cody Bishop, Ben VandeKamp, Bailey VandeKamp and a future great-grandchild in May. Harold is also survived by his three brothers, Jim Bailey and wife Jackie, Marion Bailey and wife Arvilia, and Marvin Bailey and wife Lorraine; his dog T.J.; and his longtime companion Karen Wilson of Knoxville. Harold is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lena Mae Lambert. Visitation for Harold was held from 11 a.m. To 8 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville; Harold’s family was present from 6-8 p.m., Thursday evening. A Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville with Elder Bill McDonald officiating. Committal services with military honors will be held at Coal Ridge Cemetery in rural Knoxville. Following services, a luncheon was held at the VFW in Knoxville. Memorials may be made to Coal Ridge Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.winfieldfh.com.
Published on  April 29, 2016
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