April 16, 1956 — May 8, 2013
Brett W. Bailey, 57, of Pendleton and formerly of Milton-Freewater died May 8, 2013, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Athena. Please bring stories to celebrate the life of a beloved father, uncle, grandfather and friend. Contributions can be made to the Pendleton 13U Baseball Club through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. To leave a condolence online visit www.munsellerhodes.com.
Brett Wade Bailey was born in The Dalles on April 16, 1956, to Connie (Sigsbee) and Robert Bailey. The family lived in Arlington, Ore., where Brett attended grade school before moving to Milton-Freewater in 1966. Brett was born a fisherman, like his grandpa Johnny and dad Boyd. Along with Brett’s best friend Jerry Turner, they would catch their limit of trout from the creek running through Milton, take it to mom (Connie) at work at City Hall, then proceed to catch their limit again on the journey home. Brett spoke of, and maintained friendships with many of his childhood friends throughout his life. Brett often shared stories of hunting with Randy Gundlach, camping with Andy Parsons, and doing “nothin’” with Greg Rhodes.
Brett attended Grove and Central School and graduated from McLoughlin High School in 1974. He excelled at sports, especially basketball. A display case at Mac-Hi still reminds current students of his athletic accolades during the ’70s. After graduating from Mac-Hi, Brett attended college in Lewiston, and Walla Walla Community College on a basketball scholarship.
In 1980 Brett’s mother moved to Phoenix, and Brett followed. Brett met Denise Pierce, the love of his life, in Phoenix as they worked for the same company. Nov. 20, 1982, Brett and Denise were married in Phoenix. Brett became husband and father that same day. Father to Niccole, Shawn and Spring, making him one of the happiest people on Earth.
The family moved to Athena in June of 1985, and in July, Brett went to work at Hill Meat Company in Pendleton. After 20 hard, dedicated years, Brett left its employment. He drove a school bus for a short time, before going to work for Keystone RV in Pendleton, where he was employed until his untimely death. Brett made many, many friends during his employment at all of these places.
Brett is survived by his wife, Denise Bailey of Pendleton; daughter, Niccole Pierce of Pilot Rock; son, Shawn Pierce of Pendleton; daughter, Spring Stevens of Eugene; mother and step-father, Connie and Boyd Sigsbee of Dallesport, Wash.; his brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Kay Bailey of Athena; eight grandchildren; five nieces, four nephews; numerous great-nephews and nieces.