Eldon L. Bailey age 96 of Watertown, SD passed away Monday, December 16, 2019 at a local care facility.
Eldon was born in Wing, ND on July 5, 1923. He married Coleen Wiesner (Hendrickson) on June 1, 1963 and they made their home in Watertown, SD. He was a carpenter building homes and furniture, and worked as a butcher at Armour Co in Grand Forks, ND. Later he was a pest control operator for Lystads Inc. in Watertown, SD. He then moved to a management position at Spies grocery store in Watertown. After retiring, he was a custodian at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Watertown.
Eldon was an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting birds, especially with his black Labrador retriever, King. He was also passionate about fishing, boating, camping, deer hunting and growing long stem roses.
Eldon had two children from a previous marriage that preceded him in death, Joe Bailey and Carol Spooner. He is survived by his wife Coleen Bailey; 3 step-children: David Wiesner of Brookings, SD, Diane (Wes) Schick of Littleton, CO, and Dallas (Priscilla) Wiesner of Pleasant Prairie, WI; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Watertown, SD. Pastor Steve Anderson will officiate and music will be provided by Duane Hogie.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Burial will be at 1:30 pm at Highland Lutheran Cemetery in Brandt, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be Eldon’s family. Active pallbearers are: Bernard Bailey, Paul Bailey, Greg Bailey, Lloyd Howell and Pat Gillestead.
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