Richard W. Bailey, 92, died on Aug. 3, 2012. Born on Feb. 24, 1920 in Peoria, he was an Army veteran of WW II and lived most of his life in Oak Park. After attending Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he worked as a mechanical engineer for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad for more than 30 years.
Mr. Bailey enjoyed gardening, fishing, travel and golf. One of his favorite hobbies was growing orchids in the greenhouse attached to his home. He was often the go-to person in the neighborhood because he was so knowledgeable about cars, home maintenance, and fixing almost anything. He lived the last three years at Holley Court Terrace with Rosemary, his wife of almost 63 years. He was on the board of directors there. He was proud of his family and taught them how important it is to work hard, be honest and fair with others, and that you are never too old to learn something new. He took violin lessons when he was 90.
Dick Bailey is survived by his wife, Rosemary (nee Wright); his children, Rosanne, Richard F., Barbara (Michael) Walsh, Susan, Stephen, and Patricia (Robert) Houston; his grandchildren, Christopher and Patrick Walsh, Nicholas and Casey Dallas, Patrick and Sean Folliard, Cassidy, Jeremy and Cade Bailey, Blake Jannett, and Jack and Charlie Houston; and his niece, Andrea Krajack. He was preceded in death by his nephew, William Wright.
A memorial service was held at Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 708-383-3191, on Aug. 6. Interment took place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
Memorials to St. Edmund School, 200 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 are appreciated.