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George Bailey

George Bailey

Tuesday, March 16th, 1948 - Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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George was born on March 16th, 1948 to James Robert and Marjorie Elizabeth Bailey in Wadsworth, Ohio. In the 60’s the Bailey family moved to Searcy, Arkansas to escape the Ohio winters. After graduating from High School George joined the Navy in 1967 and became a Navy Corpsman.
He was stationed at the second marine division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served in the Second Recon Battalion. In 1971 he was released from active duty and was transferred to the Naval Reserve. George then attended 2 years of college at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Ar. He took a job as a technician in a cardiac cath lab at the University of Arkansas Hospitals and Clinics. He stayed at the job for 27 years retiring at the age of 56. He retired on the same day that he married his wife, Mary. His dream was to spend his retirement in the beautiful state of Montana, which he did. He and his wife along with 9 dogs and 9 cats moved from Little Rock, Arkansas to Columbus, Montana. For 15 years he and Mary thoroughly enjoyed many adventures including, hunting, exploring the state, 4 wheeling, riding his motorcycle, spending time at our cabin in Nye and meeting new friends. He liked lots of horsepower and his latest hobby was working on his “66 Nova. He also collected guns and enjoyed shooting. George enjoyed cooking, trying new recipes and oriental restaurants. He had a soft heart for homeless animals. We always had several dogs and cats that had been abandoned or found their way to our property. He would spend his last dime making sure the dogs and cats had their food and medicine. George was a proud American and firmly believed in the principles and values that make our country great. He was proud of his service to our country. During his last days at the Beartooth Manor in Columbus his window looked out over the Yellowstone River, the Beartooth Mountains and our American flag flying proudly in the front of the building. There couldn’t have been a better view.

George is predeceased in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife, Mary.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:
Billings Animal Rescue Kare, 4017 1st Ave. N., Billings, Mt 59101 694-1107 or Help for Homeless Pets, PO Box 1282 Billings, Mt 59103 896-1700

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    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 | 10:30am
    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 10:30am
    Smith Funeral Chapel - Laurel
    315 E. Third Street
    LAUREL, MT 59044
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  • Interment

    Yellowstone National Cemetery
    55 Buffalo Hill Trail
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    with Military Honors


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Richard A Kovacs

Posted at 10:28pm
I wish to express my sincere condolences to All of the family. I was a good friend of George in my high school years. he was affectionately known by a small group of us as "Bongo Bailey" and I cannot now for the life of me remember why but it was an affectionate term. We all loved George and he was looked up to as a leader. Another of our small group, Michael Gasho tragically passed on a few years ago. Myself and Kenneth Gray still remain. George was a good man and I enjoyed his friendship on facebook. He will remain in my memory forever. Sadly I have few photos of my high-school days and none of the group. He will always be in my Prayers. Richard A Kovacs Class of 66

Daryl C Higgins

Posted at 07:40am
A great man, who I have known all my life. He was a real blessing to all of us. We will miss him and his commitment to the ethics and values we all cherish! He is now in the arms of our Lord and savior.

Jackie R.

Posted at 03:07pm
My heartfelt condolence to the Family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. There are few experiences more difficult than losing a loved one in death. As you cherish the many memories of your dear loved one, George, please reflect on the time when sickness, death and mourning will be no more. (Revelations 21:3,4) This is what our loving God Jehovah has promised and Jesus guaranteed the hope of seeing our loved ones again by means of the earthly resurrection. (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19, Psalms 37:10,11) May God’s word bring you comfort during this difficult time and in the days ahead as we await the fulfillment of His promises.

Ray Sipka

Posted at 05:47pm
George was the greatest brother a boy could have. His Mom and Dad took me in when I was 1 and raised me until I was eight when my mom finally could support me. We made go carts, went fishing and hunting in Ohio where he let me shoot a shot gun at 5! We would watch Batman and Mighty Mouse and he and my”Dad” Bob Bailey, a decorated war hero, would tempt me with candy to either choose Goldwater or Kennedy. They made me a great swing set and George would wash his trumpet in the bathtub. We always had pets and our beagle “Fly” would always love to go hunting with us. Through the years we would keep in contact and I would spend summer in Arkansas fishing with fly at the pond behind the house. Later I got. 79 Vette and this was too much for George so he had to get a 97 Vette! We would spend lots of time talking about our cars and motorcycles. When I spoke to him a few times at the hospital he seemed greatly improved and I was amazed. He told me he wanted me to have that Nova and to take it to car shows here in California. I told him to get better and drive it here!I thought he was kidding but he said he was serious.Little did I know how serious he really was. He loved his land with a huge pond in Arkansas but choosing Montana as the place to be. Although he is gone from earth, he will always be with me. Always.God Bless you George forever, Your brother in Life Ray

Bill Randall- brother-in-law

Posted at 04:52pm
George was a wonderful easy going guy who loved life. He was especially fond of good food and drink, fast cars (especially his '66 Nova- "The Beast"), firearms, conservative values and cared tirelessly as does Mary for their loving dogs and cats. His love of country and Montana was enjoyed daily as he loved caring for their homestead overlooking the Yellowstone River and distant Beartooth Mountains. I would often call him and he would be on his back deck enjoying a cool beverage, caring for one of their pets, tackling a chore such as mowing the grass to prepare for fire season or plowing the driveway with great enthusiasm. It is especially fitting that his final resting place be in a national cemetery under the beautiful blue Montana "Big Sky". He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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