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Sheridan R. Bailey

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 8:52 a.m. CDT

COAL CITY, Ill. — Mr. Sheridan R. Bailey, 82, of Coal City, Ill., passed away in his home with his family by his side Friday night, March 29, 2013.

Born Sept. 19, 1930, in Rockford, Ill., Sheridan was the son of the late Virgil and Hazel Rolfe-Bailey. He moved to Coal City in the third grade and graduated from Coal City High School with the class of 1948.

Sheridan served in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with combat "V," along with other commendations.

On Oct. 9, 1955, he married Marilyn Gianu at Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City and together they made their home in Coal City. After serving his country, Sheridan went to work for his father at Bailey Printing, where he continued to work until his retirement in 1997.

He was a member of The American Legion, the VFW, Coal City United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Coal City Emergency Squad. In Sheridan's free time, he enjoyed going to his grandchildren's sporting events and spending time with his dog, Lilly.

Survivors include his wife of over 57 years, Marilyn; one son, Mitch (Patti) Bailey, and one daughter, Sherry (John) Trammel, both of Coal City; six grandchildren, Ryan Bailey, Todd Bailey, Tricia (Matt) Hall, Mallory (fiancé Matt Cryder) Trammel, Ian Trammel and Corey Trammel; one great-grandchild, Caleb Hall; numerous cousins; and good friend and neighbor Lynne (the late Jimmy "Nick") Nicoletti

Sheridan was preceded in death by his parents; and several great friends —Joe and Janice Bertoglio, with whom Sheridan and Marilyn shared many, many good times and millions of laughs, as well as Melvin and Faye Dearth, with whom they took weekly shopping trips.

Visitation and video tribute will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois 113), Coal City. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Logsdon officiating.

Burial will follow in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, with Sheridan's grandchildren acting as pallbearers.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Sheridan's memory to Unit One Educational Foundation in Coal City or Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice.

Friends may sign the online guest book by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd. in Coal City. For additional information, call (815) 634-2125.

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