James Bailey


James Ralph Bailey, 83, of Ottumwa, died at 3 p.m. January 16, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa.

He was born September 14, 1938 in West Plaines, MO to Ralph F. and Hazel Ruth Davis Bailey. He married Karen R. Wilson November 18, 1961.

A 1957 graduate of Ottumwa High School and a 1959 graduate of the Electronics Institute, he served in the Iowa Army National Guard. Jim owned and operated Bailey Drywall.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family.

Surviving is his wife, Karen; their three sons, Scott Bailey, Jeffrey (Peggy) Bailey and Patrick (Lourdes) Bailey all of Ottumwa; 7 grandchildren, Brandon Tee, Bryan Bailey, Christopher Kauffman, Crystal Kauffman, Colton Bailey, Carissa Bailey and Brooke Bailey; 3 great-grandchildren, Ariel, Ella and Cheyanne Mullins; a brother, Robert A. Bailey of Des Moines; a sister, Mary Lea Morris of Sedalia, MO and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved dog and best friend, Casey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister-in-law, Dixie Bailey and a brother-in-law, Bill Morris.

Visitation will be open at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 19th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, January 20th at Reece Funeral Home with Chaplain Doug McAntire officiating. For those unable to attend, you may watch the service live on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Cremation will follow the service with inurnment in Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.

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