Rev. Dean Irwin Bailey




Born: May 21, 1935
Death: January 18, 2017

The Rev. Dean Irwin Bailey, age 81, of Lowell, MI, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Rev. Bailey was a gifted preacher, a dedicated and caring pastor, a loving father, husband, and grandfather, a loyal friend, and a role model to many. His ministry touched countless lives through thousands of worship services, weddings, funerals, baptisms, and quiet conversations. When Pastor Bailey walked into a room, no matter how many people were present, you felt noticed, cared for and accepted. He mentored and guided others with grace, kindness, and humor. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Janet Joyce Bailey; parents, Glenn and Iva Bailey; and his sister, Margaret Forester. He is survived by his children, Glenn Bailey (Catherine Cookson) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Tod Bailey of Lowell, Jill Bailey (Erich Nus) of Bow, Washington; seven grandchildren, and one great grandson. Rev. Bailey served as a United Methodist minister for 58 years. He and Jan served Michigan United Methodist churches in Leaton, Sanford, Vicksburg, Lowell, Stevensville, Traverse City (Central), Alto, and Bowne Center. He graduated from Central Michigan University (1957), and received his Masters in Divinity from Drew University (1960) in New Jersey, where he also served as a student pastor for the Community Church of Mountain Lakes. He was born and raised in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Alto United Methodist Church, 11365 64th Street, Alto. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Contributions in memory of Dean may be made to Flat River Outreach Ministries, 11535 Fulton Street E, Lowell, MI 49331, Alto United Methodist Church or Bowne Center United Methodist Church, PO Box 122, Alto, MI 49302.

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