SAVANNA—The perfect day for Dick Bailey was being outdoors, searching for morels, hunting, fishing or just spending time on the river.

Richard A. Bailey, born Oct. 3, 1940, in Hanover, passed away at home surrounded by family at the age of 81 on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, after a long battle with cancer.

His parents were Leslie L. Bailey and Genevieve V. (Garrow) Bailey of Savanna. He married Ramona G. (Gallagher) Bailey on Feb. 14, 1992, and passed just before celebrating 30 years of marriage.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at St. John Lutheran Church, 416 Main Ave., Clinton, Iowa. Inurnment will be at Savanna Township Cemetery with military honors following the funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Manny's in Savanna, with a time of sharing at 1 p.m.

Richard (Dick) graduated from Savanna High School with the class of 1958. After serving two years in the Navy, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway, with six months in the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam conflict, he returned to complete his college degree at Western Illinois University, graduating with a business education degree in 1969. After one year of teaching at Algoma High School in Algoma, Wis., he taught business classes and coached football and wrestling at Lanark High School for seven years.

After a short break from teaching and three years as a general contractor, he began working at Metform Corporation in Savanna, retiring in 2003 as Sales Manager after 23 years of service. In his retirement years he enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa, and served as an elder for a number of years. He loved helping friends with building and repair projects. He even managed to do a few projects for his loving wife Ramona (Monie). Even more, he loved spending time with his three children, their spouses and nine grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona (Monie); three daughters, Jamie (Corey) Engel of Freeport, Sara Richmond of Elizabeth, and Breanna (John) Rath of Bettendorf, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Peyton Engel, Kally Richmond, Abby Richmond, Preston Engel, Gage Rath, Ben Richmond, Amie Richmond, Brynner Rath and Reeve Rath; a sister, Patsy M. Raab of Clinton, Iowa; two half-brothers, Jack (Maria) Bailey of Virginia Beach, Va., and Robert Bailey of Savanna; and several nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie L. and Genevieve V. (Garrow) Bailey; a brother, Wesley C. Bailey; half-brother, Charles (Chuck) Bailey; his father and mother-in-law, George G. and Anna M. Gallagher; and several aunts and uncles.