In Memory

Ferd (Butch) Bailey

Ferd (Butch) Bailey

I’m sad to share that Dad died of complications from COPD yesterday afternoon. I’ll post service details when we know them.  (3-27-18)  Kristen Baley Wilson


Ferd S. Bailey “Butch” Mon. March 26, 2018

Beloved husband of the late Karen J. Bailey (Nee Dannar); dear father and father-in-law of Shannon (Steve) Mitchell, Kristin (Robert) Wilson and Wesley (Selena) Bailey; dear grandfather of Emily (Alec) Mitchell, Hannah (Shane) Murray, Dannar Wilson, Bailey Wilson, Michael (Cassandra) Bailey, Miah Bailey, Melina Bailey and Margaret Bailey; dear great-grandfather of Emmalina and Wesley; dear brother of Roma and Mike Cartwright; dear brother-in-law of Kay and Porter Leffingwell and Carol and Dale Kennedy; our dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend.

Butch was an avid hunter of quail, loved the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals and gardening.

Service at the Ortmann Stipanovich Funeral Home, 12444 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, Thurs., March 29, 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Lung Association or Scleroderma Foundation appreciated. Visitation from 1-3 p.m. Thursday

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03/28/18 09:56 AM #1    

Myrna Winfry (Phillips)

So sad to hear about Butch.  Such a loss.  My condolences to his family and all my fellow knights and ladies who lved him so much.

03/28/18 12:01 PM #2    

Richard (Lloyd) Purcell

We didn't stay in touch after HS graduation, but I have memories of Butch as a friendly and fun person that was an important part of the glue contributing to the overall greatness (if I may be so bold) of the Southeast High School class of 1959. Wishing blessings on the entire Bailey family.

03/28/18 09:57 PM #3    

Glenda Raney (Hesley)

Sad day for the class of '59. Have a peaceful journey. 

03/29/18 06:40 PM #4    

Kay Timberlake (Bryant)

My heart is sad for the loss of my dear friend, Butch, whom I've known since grade school.  We have continued to be in touch throughout the years.  We lived 3 houses apart in high school and we shared a lot of fun, special memories.  When we were in 7th grade, Mrs. Barnes, our teacher, refused to call him Butch.  He refused to respond to Ferd.  So, they stepped outside the classroom for about 1/2 hour and when they returned Mrs Barnes announced that in class he (Butch) would be referred to as F.S. (Ferd Sherman).  We've laughed about that over the years.  Last time I saw him was in Palm Springs some years ago.  I've lost a brother. My condolences to the family. He was a fun loving guy, but very sensitive and caring.

03/30/18 01:26 PM #5    

Thomas Warner

Such a shame to loose Butch. He was a bright, fun personality and always a joy to be around. I haven't seen him since a class reunion, but I've enjoyed reparte with him via emails and facebook regularly for a long time. I'll surely miss him. Condolences to all his family and dear pals.🙂

03/30/18 03:18 PM #6    

Judy Kelley (White)

I feel as if I had been stabbed in the heart.  I just can't believe Butch is gone.  I met him when I was nine years old at Pinkerton grade school.  Once you were Butch's friend, you were his friend forever, and he had the most infectious smile.  I don't believe I ever saw him get mad or lose his temper with anyone.  He was a fun kid and a caring adult who will be so missed by all of us.  Peace and blessings to his family.






03/31/18 09:09 AM #7    

Sue Stone (Goens)

I am so sad to lose a friend like Butch.  I have many memories of fun times since Pinkerton and SE.  Butch was always a  friend no matter what..  May you rest in peace Butch. Sue Stone Goens


03/31/18 03:56 PM #8    

Linda Thompson (Ackerman)

I too am so sorry to hear about Butch, he was just a guy that everyone liked.  I remember going to our first reunion & seeing him & not recognizing him because he grew so much after we graduated from Southeast.  He made some comment to me about wasn't I going to speak to him, catching me off guard for a minute until I looked into his eyes & realized who he was.  Sincere sympathy to his family, I know they will miss him terribly.

04/01/18 09:05 AM #9    

Ken Cheves

It's sad to learn about Butch's death. I last saw him when Kay Timberland (Bryant) and I met him at a restaurant in Rancho Mirage in the Palm Springs area a few years ago. Butch had lost his wife by then so he was by himself while Kay and I were with our spouses. We talked and laughed and shared memories of the Southeast years among other things. 

Since then we kept in touch on Facebook from time to time. I remember Butch as a great guy who knew how to enjoy life and as a person who was well liked by eveyone. He will be missed.






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