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In Memory of Rex N. Bailey


10AM - Thursday, March 12 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Funeral Services

11AM - Thursday, March 12 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Rex Neville Bailey, age 77, of Hudson, WI, died on March 6, 2015. 

He was born on July 23, 1937 in Eau Claire, WI to Jacob and Myrtle (Neville) Bailey. 

He enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served from 1955-1959, where he worked on B-52s during the Cold War. He was also responsible for the B-52 that flew non-stop around the world. 

Rex married Kären Mortensen in 1962, and they had two children, Scott (Karen) Bailey and Kristin (Roger) Rhodes. Their family moved to Hudson in 1969, when he began his career at 3M. In 1976, he earned the Golden Step Award for Traffic Control Devices. He retired from 3M in 2000. 

He was passionate about education and a lifelong learner. He obtained both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. 

Rex enjoyed volunteering with numerous organizations including The Phipps Center for the Arts, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Ascension Episcopal Church, and the National Park Service in St. Paul. He was also a member of Ascension Episcopal Church since 1990. 

He enjoying traveling, particularly to Greece, Turkey, Germany, Sweden, and Wales.

Survived by his wife of 52 years Kären; children, Scott (Karen) Bailey of Minneapolis, MN and Kristin (Roger) Rhodes of Lake Ozark, MO; grandchildren: Alexis, Haley, Jack, and Elizabeth; his two sisters, June (Richard) Kemp of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Joann Stiff of Alberton, MT; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Bailey. 

Preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Robert Bailey and Laura (Rene) Geissler. 

A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred to Ascension Episcopal Church in Stillwater, MN. 

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