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Dec. 3, 1947 - Aug. 27, 2017
Mr. Dennis Bailey, 69, Rochester, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, at his residence.
On Dec. 3, 1947, Dennis was born in Chicago. Growing up, he shared his childhood with two sisters and a brother. Following high school, patriotism beckoned. Dennis answered the call, serving with the United States Army.
On Feb. 15, 1985, in Porter County's St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dennis married the love of his life, Pamela Marie Von Huben. They shared 32 years of life's adventures. Together they raised three beautiful daughters, Michelle, Kimberly and Mallorie. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two grandchildren.
With a strong work ethic developed during his formative years, Dennis started work at the age of 16. He was a member of retail management, primarily with Kmart, working in northwest Indiana, then transferring to Kmart of Peru. As part of a leadership team, Dennis was a co-manager at Walmart in Plymouth until he retired in 2016.
Gifted in the use of his hands, Dennis was skilled in carpentry and home repair. His basement wood shop was the spot where he worked on projects to repair or improve his home. To relax, he and his wife enjoyed and relaxed on the golf course while shooting 18 holes.
Dennis will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Pam; three daughters, Michelle Wasz and husband Robert, DeMotte, Kimberly Bailey, Valparaiso, and Mallorie Bailey and fiance Jared Figlio, Rochester; two grandchildren, Brandon Ashby and Olivia Figlio; two sisters, Sandra Garza, Dyer, and Donna Cooley, Lansing, Ill.; a brother, Richard Cooley and wife Dana, Portage; mother-in-law Frances Von Huben, Chesterton; and several nieces and nephews.
Dennis was preceded in death by the father who raised him, Ray Cooley; his mother, Jean Malechi Cooley; and a nephew, Kevin Garza.
A celebration of the life of Mr. Dennis Bailey will be at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Father Michael McKinney officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EST on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Chesterton Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Team. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to Dennis' family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.
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