Long Creek, Oregon
Jerald Bailor, 76, of Long Creek, died March 14, 2015 in John Day, surrounded by family and church members. A memorial ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church fellowship hall in Long Creek.
Mr. Bailor was born March 28, 1938, in Bend, to Wilson and Merlin Bailor. He grew up in Oregon, mainly on the Siletz Reservation, where he graduated from high school in 1956.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957, and served four years as a signalman on the USS Skagit during the conflict between China and Formosa (now Taiwan), where his ship was active. During his enlistment, he was also director of the Naval Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Chanteymen Choir.
After his service, he returned to Oregon where he worked in the logging field. During this time, he met his future wife, Patsy Minkler. They were married on March 2, 1962, and had four children over the next eight years.
In 1974, he got a job working for John Deere in Alaska during the pipeline construction. The family moved to Anchorage shortly after. The couple stayed in Alaska for the next 30 years, living in such central Alaska communities as Suntrana, Nenana and Anderson. He had many jobs and businesses during that time including heavy duty equipment mechanic and convenience store owner.
In 2004, they moved to John Day and then to Long Creek, where they spent his last seven years.
Survivors include his wife, Pat, of Long Creek; sister, Billie, of Eugene; children, Joe (Anita), Martha (Estes), Scott (Leann) and Will (Julie); 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, living and serving throughout the world.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Darrell and Byron.