Michael Eugene Bailey
Michael Eugene Bailey passed in his sleep on April 30, 2019, a little more than a month after celebrating his 81st birthday. At the time of his death, Mike lived at Juniper Springs Senior Living in Redmond, Oregon. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, to Warren William Bailey and Helen Rose Doan-Bailey. Mike moved to Oregon as a child and has called Oregon home ever since.
Mike served in the Army National Guard from 1954 to 1961.
Before retiring, Mike worked for Kawasaki selling motorcycle parts as well as a Honda dealership. He shared stories about traveling to Japan and touring factories. Michael worked in the business machine industry before moving to Central Oregon where he had an embroidery business and sold real estate.
With a gifted eye for photography, a gypsy spirit for the "road less traveled" and a passion for adventure, Mike lived life on his own terms and was a friend to everyone he met. He enjoyed motorcycle trips, rock hounding and picking a spot on a map and planning a trip.
Mike loved fast cars, motorcycles and owned many throughout his life. He enjoyed history, and for many years, volunteered his time to maintain rural cemeteries in Oregon, capturing many memories through the lens of his camera. A self-taught photographer, he mastered the art of landscape photography and shared those images with all who knew him.
Survived by a host of longtime friends, he will be remembered fondly. A special thanks to the staff at Juniper Springs for taking such wonderful care of Mike during his last months.
We invite all Mike's friends to join us at Gray Butte Cemetery on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10 a.m., as we share stories and enjoy the scenery of the grasslands and vistas, something Mike would love. Following the graveside service, we will meet at Black Bear Diner in Redmond for an informal lunch, one of Mike's favorite lunch spots.