Don E. Bailey age 89, of rural Portland passed away Wednesday January 23, 2019 at IU Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He was born in Randolph County January 11, 1930 the son of Chester and Lonvel (Petro) Bailey. He was married December 5, 1953 to Elma Louise Brown and she passed away on October 5, 2006. He served with the US Army for four years and the US Navy for eighteen years. He was on the USS Pueblo which was captured by the North Koreans and spent eleven months in a POW camp in 1968. He was retired from General Telephone and was a ABC Bus Driver and truck driver. He was a member of American Legion Post 507 of Ridgeville, V.F.W in Union City and D.A.V.
Surviving are two sons Chester Bailey (wife Linda) of Indianapolis and John Bailey (wife Lori) of Portland, two daughters Linda Smith (husband Robert) of Portland and Bonnie Bailey (Fiance Chad Timmerman) of Portland, one brother David Bailey of Carmel, Eight grandchildren and twenty Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Paul VanCise presiding. Burial with military graveside rites will follow in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Muncie. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM and Saturday prior to the services. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or Choice of the donor.