In Memory

Larry Bailly

Larry Bailly


August 12, 1948 in Sisseton, South Dakota to October 30, 2012 in Snohomish, Washington

From the Everett Herald November 11, 2012 

Larry Arnold Bailly, age 64, of Sisseton, SD, lost his nine month battle with cancer and passed October 30, 2012.  Larry joined the Army and served from 1968 -71, serving a tour in Vietnam. He's an auto mechanic by trade and always helped friends and family with their cars.  He was always coaching his daughters sports activities growing up, volunteered at the Snohomish Food Bank, was a member at Snohomish Community Church where he was also very involved with mission work, traveling to Yakima, Mexico, Cuba, Vietnam and his favorite: Haiti, where the Haitian people stole his heart.  He was also involved with HHH (Helping hands of Haiti) and Results (The power to end hunger).  One of his loves was to write, so he became a contributing editor for Import Car magazine and also wrote opinion pieces for the Seattle Times and the Everett Herald.  He stayed very active playing softball, soccer and volleyball.  He was also well known for his love of cars, Hawaiian shirts and his long beard.  Larry was a wonderful husband, father, friend, a passionate missionary and he will be missed by many.  He always gave to those in need and now he can rest peacefully with his Lord and Savior. "Si ou bay pov, se Bondye prete" – (Haitian) Proverbs 19:17.  He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Paula; his children, Evan Bailly, Paul Kleffel, Elisabeth Bailly and Rachel Bailly.  Also his siblings, Greg Bailly, Rick Spellman, Debbie Condron and Lauri Tan.   A memorial service will be held in Larry's honor November 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Snohomish Community Church – 13622 Dubuque Rd, Snohomish and will be officiated by Pastor Gordon Everett.   A graveside service will be held on November 19, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery to recognize his service in the Army.

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10/14/15 04:52 PM #1    

Valerie Larkin (Dickison)

Larry was always known by me as Beetle Bailly. We called him that after the famous comic strip character in the newspapers and also Larry was very small for his age. So the name Beetle seemed appropriate. Larry and his brother Greg lived on 240th, which was at the end of the block from my house up on 5th Ave West. I remember his house well as it was the second from the corner and had a gigantic rock in the front yard which was left over from prehistoric glacial action. The school bus stop was in front of Larry's house and we would gather under the carport of the next door neigthbor's place on rainy days. Larry was always funny and sweet. I saw him and his wife at the 25th reunion and remarked to myself how genuine and lovely they both were. I couldn't quite get used to the beard as it was such a departure from elementary school days! He is missed but I remember him fondly.  

10/15/15 09:32 AM #2    

John D. Festa

I got to know Larry while helping with the 40th reunion.  He was a great guy, had an interesting past helping people of other countries.  Very selfless in his deads.

I wish i could have spent more time with him and got to know him better.

10/15/15 11:45 AM #3    

Kathy Greenwood

It seems like Larry would make an excellant candidate for the Northshore Wall of Honor (see our useful links page).  It sounds like he did a lot of volunteering to better his community and the world.  I didn't know him, aside from his efforts on the Reunion Committee for the 40th--he went around and took pictures during the event and created a CD of lasting memories.  Some of those photos are in our gallery.  Is there someone who knew him who would be willing to research his contributions and write those up for a postumus Wall of Honor nomination?

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