Mr. Herman L. Bailey, Galesburg Chapel

obit_us_flag.jpgbailey-herman.jpg86, formerly of 1986 Baird Ave., Galesburg, died at 8:35 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011 in Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville.
He was born July 25, 1925 in Peoria, Ill., the son of Harry C. and Edna Buracker Bailey. He married Dorothy I. Courson on January 23, 1948 in Peoria.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Bonnie (and Donald) Ruhl of Galva; two sons, Michael (and Billie) Bailey of Victoria and Dennis (and Denise) Bailey of Lake Bracken; two stepsons, Charles (and Bonnie) Fisher of Florida and Jess (and Joetta) Fisher of Galesburg; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step father, Orville Voland; two brothers; and three grandsons.
Herman was a mechanic for Kelly Oil Company in Altona for 15 years and later worked in maintenance at St. Mary Medical Center for 11 years before retiring. He was raised and educated in Peoria, attending Manuel High School. He had lived in Galesburg since 1954.
Herman served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. He was stationed in England and France and was a POW for a year. He was awarded numerous medals including the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He was a member of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in East Linwood Cemetery. Rev. Phyllis Sterr will officiate and military rites will be provided by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Visitation will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Memorials may be made to Knox County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at

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5 Guestbook Entries to “Mr. Herman L. Bailey, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. To Dennis and the Bailey family. I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers and i am so sorry for your loss. Remember to keep all the good memories close to your heart where you can think of them always and know they are with you. We all will go to a better place in our lives and it is all a gift from God. If there is anything i can do Dennis please let me know. Take care and God Bless.

  2. Dorothy and Family,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. I remember Herman well and how much my Dad and Mom thought of him.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Elaine Naslund Black

  3. Dear Dennis, Denise and family,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the death of Herman. To have headed such a marvelous family, he had to have been a good man. Steve and I will keep you in our prayers. Sincerely, Jan Koran and Steve Handler

  4. Bonnie,
    I wanted to tell you I was sorry to read of the loss of your father. I know he has been sick, but something your never ready for. Just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Please give your mom a hug for me and tell her I am thinking of her.

  5. Sorry to hear of your loss

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