Obituary for Harold E. Bailey
June, 1899 - 23 December, 1983
From the Idaho Press-Tribune,
Contributed by Delilah Barnard
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Services for Harold E. Bailey, 84, 203 E. Lincoln Ave., Nampa,
who died Friday, Dec. 23, will be conducted at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at the Alsip Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joseph Housh,
pastor of the Nampa First United Methodist Church and Rev. Don
Hanna, associate pastor of the church, officiating.
Private family interment will follow in the Hillcrest
He was born on June 13, 1899 at Manawa, Wis., to Wallace
and Melva Bailey. He moved with his family to Tieton, Wash.,
in 1912. In 1922, he moved to Pacific Grove, Calif., where he
learned the carpentry trade at Carmel Calif. He specialized
in cabinet work.
He married Vertie Hostetler in 1927 at Nampa. Following
their marriage, they made their home in Pacific Grove until
1932 when they moved to Nampa. He worked at the Pacific Fruit
Express shops for a number of years and then worked in the
In 1945, the Bailey and Mooney Construction Company was
formed and they built many homes, churches, schools and
businesses in and around Nampa. He retired in 1965 and
following his retirement he continued cabinet making as a
hobby in his own shop for many years.
He was an active member of the Nampa First United Methodist Church,
having served on many boards and committees during the years.
He was a member of the Nampa Lions Club for 40 years and a
charter member of the Canyon County Historical Society and a
member of the Nampa Fifty Year Club.
He is survived by his wife of Nampa; one daughter, Lois
Bellis, St. Louis, Mo., four grandchildren, Linda
James, Evanston, Wyo., Lori Lyon, Denver, Colo.,
and Elizabeth Bellis, Sandiego, Calif.; and numerous nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three
sisters and five brothers.
The family suggests memorials to the Nampa First United
Methodist Church, 404 Twelfth Ave. So., Nampa, 83651, or the
Idaho-Oregon Lions Sight Foundation, in care of Bill Hallock,
6800 Fairfield Ave., Boise, 83705, or flowers may be sent.