Edward M. Bailey, 90, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 3:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal, surrounded by his family.
Ed was born on April 29, 1922, in Coblenz, Germany. He was the son of Edward George and Anna Marie Bailey.
Ed attended Immaculate Conception High School (McCooey), a graduate of 1941.
In September of 1942, Ed married Dorothy Jane Quattrocchi. She preceded him in death on May 27, 1997.
Mr. Bailey was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, and was called back into service for the Korean War until being honorably discharged in 1952.
Ed was employed by the Chicago Burlington Railroad, the John Deere Tractor Company, Martin Roasa Tractor and Equipment and later Altorfer Machinery Company, retiring on Dec. 31, 1984, after 32 years with Altorfer.
Ed is survived by one son; David Bailey and his wife, Mary (“daughter” to Ed) of Hannibal; granddaughter, Andrea Scott and husband, Troy (no. 1 coach and grandson) of Hannibal; two great-grandchildren, Keaton Bailey Scott and Cooper Martin Scott of Hannibal; one sister, Anna Marie (Annie) Bailey of Hannibal; one brother, Bill Bailey and wife, Shirley, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Bailey and Dolores Bailey, both of Atlanta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Ed was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and Carl Bailey; and one sister, Gertrude Howe.
Ed was born in Germany and married into an Italian family. He was a true Irishman with a keen sense of humor, a stern face and always a story to tell.
He loved working at “The Cat House”, Altorfer Machinery Company. He liked St. Louis Cardinal baseball and enjoyed the holiday season making his candy, A.K.A. “The Candy Man”. Ed’s special treat in life was his granddaughter, Andrea, who accompanied him on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2010. Andrea had a special spot in Ed’s heart along with her two boys, Keaton Bailey and Cooper Martin Scott. He always had to know, “how the boys were doing, and where Andrea was and what she was doing.”
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Graveside services and burial with full military rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Holy Family Cemetery in Hannibal. Father Mike Quinn will officiate.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Great River Honor Flight, in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.