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Dr. Joseph James Bailey Jr.

November 21, 1935 — January 2, 2023

Dr. Joseph James Bailey, Jr., age 87, of Centerville, Kansas, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023, at Trustwell Living at Mission Springs in Mission, Kansas.

Joe was born on November 21, 1935, at Garnett, Kansas, he was the first of three children born to Joseph J. Bailey and Lola Maxine (Cusick) Bailey. Joe graduated from Garnett High School in 1954, and Kansas State University with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1961. Joe returned to Garnett following his graduation, where he practiced mixed animal veterinary medicine. After a career-ending neck injury, Joe moved his family to Bozeman, Montana. While everyone else was in school, Joe perfected the art of making biscuits and sourdough, but he failed miserably at his attempts to make yogurt. As a life-long learner, he studied geology, paleontology, archeology, and he enjoyed sharing that knowledge. In 1980 Joe returned to Kansas, moving to the farm near Centerville, where he raised registered Gelbviegh cattle. Joe continued to help guide and outfit hunting trips in the Maroon Bells of Colorado and the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Joe loved to share a good story. Sometimes, the listeners were challenged to sort out fact from fiction, but the story was always good. Joe was generous with his time, volunteering for many community groups and projects and serving on several local boards. He founded an outreach group for veterinary professionals struggling with addiction. Joe was a lifelong collector, collecting numerous vehicles, rocks, books, pets and lifelong friends. Joe never met an animal he didn't like, and that could be observed in the way he cared for countless stray dogs and cats to the retired pack horses that he gave refuge to.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Sr. and Lola Bailey.

He is survived by his three children, Brenda Bailey of Jonesboro,Arkansas, Andrew J. Bailey and his wife, Linda Backstrom of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Janet Bailey, DVM, of Tucson, Arizona; six granddaughters, Courtney Pope, Haley Thyng, Ramona Bailey, Erin Bailey, Andrea Williams-Vestal, and Ashley Bailey; four great grandsons; brother, Ed Bailey of Sebring, Florida; and sister, Eileen Sandburg and husband, Mark, of Houston, Texas; and his cousins, with whom he cherished their monthly dinners together. Joe was blessed with the best neighbor anyone could want, over the years, Carlene Brownback, they helped each other with chores on their farms. They shared a wonderful friendship and Carlene was both his accomplice, yet kept him out of trouble in other instances.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett. Burial will follow in the Garnett Cemetery. His family will greet friends from 6:00PM to 8:00 PM on Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and left in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com .
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Visitation with Family Present

Monday, January 9, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Feuerborn Family Funeral Service - Garnett

219 South Oak Street, Garnett, KS 66032

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Feuerborn Family Funeral Service - Garnett

219 South Oak Street, Garnett, KS 66032

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