Dec. 24, 1942 - April 3, 2012
Memorial services for Frank Bailey will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2012. Pastor Paul Balaban will officiate at the service at Plentywood Lutheran Church; military honors will be conducted at the church following the Christian services. Private interment of cremated remains in Plentywood Cemetery will be held later. Frank's family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of his life at 4 p.m. Friday at Fulkerson's in Plentywood. Frank died Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood of lung cancer; he was 69.
Frank was born on Dec. 24, 1942, in Great Falls, Mont., where he lived until 1955. He moved to Spokane, where he lived for two years, and then moved to Walla Walla with his foster parents. In 1961 he graduated from Walla Walla High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving until July 1969. From August 1968 to May 1969 he was stationed in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged that year. From 1970 to 1972 he worked as a police officer in The Dalles, Ore. In 1972 he received an appointment to the U.S. Border Patrol and worked as a Border Patrol Agent in Oxnard, Calif. In 1974 Frank transferred to Anchorage, Alaska, where he worked as an Immigration Inspector and later as an immigration examiner. In 1983 he transferred to Laredo, Texas, and in 1985 transferred to Salinas, Calif., working as a Border Patrol agent in both locations. In 1987 Frank transferred to the Port of Raymond, Mont., as the area Port director, in charge of that Port and five others. In June 1994, he married Sandy Olson of Plentywood/Raymond, Mont., and decided to settle down in one place.
Frank enjoyed the outdoors, and fall was his favorite time of year. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, playing and coaching softball and traveling. He loved to say, "If the government wants to pay my way to see places I want to see, why not go?" and "I tried working once when I was younger, got my hands dirty and didn't like it, so I went to work for the government!" In 2007, Frank retired after 41 years of federal service, immensely proud of his honorable devotion to the Air Force, the Border Patrol and the Immigration Service.
Frank is survived by his wife, Sandy of Raymond; his biological son, Patrick Bailey and his companion Anna Lipetzky of East Grand Forks, Minn.; foster son, Fernando Guiterrez and his wife Elvia of San Antonio, Texas; two stepdaughters, Jessica and her companion Jarred Capes, and Jamie and her husband Keenan Lone Fight; and grandchildren, Alex and Thomas Engle and Lily Lone Fight, as well as Fernando's children, Christian and Sofia. He is also survived by two biological daughters, Catherine, and Susan Engle and her husband Philip; two sisters, Barbara Rowell and her husband Steve, and Kathi Seitzler, both of Reno, Nev.; foster brothers, Ryan, Eric and Craig Huntsman of Oregon; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his biological father, Frank J. Bailey; biological mother, Helen Richey; two sisters, Edie Evans and Eileen (Pat) Underwood; his foster mother, Ruby Huntsman; and an infant son, Frank Kevin Bailey.
Frank asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Ronald McDonald House, Shriner's Hospitals, the SIDS foundation, St. Jude's Children's charities, or to other organizations for the benefit of kids. Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of