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Alan Wade ‘Big Al’ Bailey
July 18, 1947 — Dec. 12, 2015
Alan Wade “Big Al” Bailey passed away at his home surrounded by family on December 12, 2015.
He was born in Duluth, Minn., on July 18, 1947. Alan served in Vietnam from ’69 to ’70.
He was in the Air Force as a military police officer stationed in Pleiku. He was in the construction industry and his final career was at Cobblestone Farm. He had a big heart and lived to make others feel as though they were part of his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to tend his beehives with John Kendall.
His life changed drastically in March of 2013 when he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. He refused to let the disease slow him down. He did not complain, nor did he let the pain interfere with daily life. As the strength of his body weakened, the strength of his spirit grew. He courageously fought his cancer until the very end.
Al is survived by wife of 33 years, Kathy Bailey (Schultz), children; Aaron (Desirae) Bailey, Heather Bailey, Crystal (Joshua) Meserole and Kayla (Adam) Ryan; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; father, Allen Bailey; brother Timm (Andrea) Bailey; sister Marilee (Doug) Anderson; 10 nieces and nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Bailey; brothers Terry, Doug and Jeff Bailey; and great-grandson Tristian.
Fate whispers to the warrior, “You cannot withstand the storm,” and the warrior whispers back, “I am the storm.”
Per Al’s request, no formal funeral services will be held.
Memorials may be sent to the funeral home for the family to make a donation at a later date. Please mail to: Haase-Lockwood & Associates c/o Alan Bailey, P.O. Box 127, Eagle, WI 53119.
Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory of Eagle is assisting the family, 262-594-2442. For the online guest registry, please go to www.haaselockwoodfhs.com.