Kenneth Floyd Bailey
Kenneth Floyd Bailey passed away on May 24, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada after a long battle with heart disease. He was 80 years old.
The Burial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, June 12, 2013 at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward, California.
He is survived by Carol Lavon Clement Bailey, his loving wife of 59+ years.
He is also survived by son Kenneth Wayne Bailey and daughter-in-law Wendy Reiswig Bailey of Gualala, CA; granddaughters Brittany Alyssa Bailey Birwadker of San Francisco and Elyse Sharon Bailey of Carmichael, CA; and brother Lloyd Allen Bailey and his wife Reba Bailey of Hartman, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death in 1976 by his beloved 17 year old daughter Kimberley Lavon Bailey of Danville, Ca.; brothers Wayne Bailey and Leroy Bailey of Marysville, Ca., and sister Mildred Lorene Bailey Denna of Napa, Ca.
He is survived by nieces and nephews, friends and loved ones too numerous to mention.
Ken Bailey was proud to serve his country in the US Navy from 1951-1953, stationed in Alameda, Ca.
Ken graduated from San Jose State in 1962 with a 4.0 GPA, and was awarded a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a past President of Tau Beta Phi.
In 1962 Ken worked with EG&G Inc. as Chief of Staff/Engineering and Research Development, Danville, California. Ken enjoyed the challenge of working within our national defense for weapon testing and the securing and disarming of enemy advances.
Tri Synetic Industries, Inc. was another accomplishment for Ken. As owner he enjoyed the “hands-on” challenge for grading and paving both road and site development within California.
In late 1990, Ken and his wife Carol relocated to Las Vegas Nevada. Ken enjoyed working with Wells Cargo, Freighner Const., and American Asphalt as an electrical engineer/chief estimator and manager for many large construction projects throughout the State of Nevada.
Ken had God’s gifted advanced knowledge and desire, far beyond most understanding. He continued his dream to search, and build a new and better world around us! Ken was a wonderful deep, loving and gentle husband, father and grandfather. He was a brother and uncle; a great friend to those who knew and loved him. We will always remember sharing his unforgettable life and his never ending love.
We will never forget the many hunting and camping trips we took together. He was a loyal and trusted employee while we workde together at EG&G and we became lasting friends. He will be truly missed.
The last time I seen my Uncle Ken was at my Aunt Lorene’s services. It was great seeing both Uncle Ken and Aunt Carol and I wish it had been under better circumstances…we always say, ‘we are going to have to get together outside of funerals’. But it never seems to happen that way. I’m sorry to say I will not be able to attend Uncle Ken’s services, but he will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers…love you Uncle Ken
Ken was my best friend, We shared many moments discussing life and his life’s experiences and I am forever honored to know such a person of great compassion. He was among the few in science who believed in God and has stated several times that all great thoughts are gifted from our Lord. Ken has played a major role in keeping us all safe at night. Most will never know his contribution. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend many hours learning from him. He has been my mentor and friend and will forever miss him.
It would be impossible to put into words the loving memories of Uncle Ken. The summers spent with him and his family learning how to surf, water ski and going camping will forever be in my heart. I can’t begin to express my love and gratitude for him and Aunt Carol after the passing of my parents a few years ago. Uncle Ken and Aunt Carol would call me to see how I was and talk about anything or nothing as long as I needed. We got closer than I thought possible. His passing has left a void in my heart. He was one of the smartest and caring men I have ever known. No matter what the question was he had an answer
God must have needed the best electrical engineer to repair something in heaven for him to take Uncle Ken home so soon.
Our love thoughts and prayers go out to his family. God Bless
We are fortunate to have known Ken Bailey. Ken was an inventor, a builder, and a designer who treasured happiness, learning, his family and friends. Ken learned as if he’d live forever, with his abiding love for Carol sustaining him. Ken and Carol always had an engaging story to tell. Like the one about Thor, the family dog that had the amazing ability to bust through doors. It was not only one of the funniest stories ever, but it was the way Ken and Carol told it. They seamlessly completed each other’s sentences and thoughts because Ken and Carol were almost the same person. They always made those near them smile and laugh. I remember following them in our car in Williams, AZ and noticing how everyone in their car had a big smile on their face while Ken talked and drove. If Ken chose to reveal a project that he was working on, his gentle humor calmly disguised the lesson he was secretly teaching you. Ken’s life is a message to us all: Where there is love, there is life. Ken’s life stands as a lesson of wisdom and compassion, and the richness life offers if we live our dreams.