Lyman Devilla Bailey Jr. was born on December 6, 1954 in Storm Lake, Iowa. He was the proud son of Lyman Devilla Sr. and Vergene (Lewis) Bailey.
Lyman graduated from Laurens High School in 1973, then attended Des Moines Area Community College to follow in the footsteps of his parents and pursue a career in Nursing Home Administration. Lyman was passionate about his work; he cared deeply for his residents and their families and would go above and beyond to help others.
On June 3, 1978, Lyman Bailey and Dixie Mensing were united in marriage in Nevada, Iowa, at
Central Presbyterian Church. The couple first made their home in Emmetsburg, Iowa where Lyman was the administrator at the Emmetsburg Care Center from 1979-1997. Lyman and his family moved to Bellevue, Iowa in 1997 where he worked as the administrator at Mill Valley Care Center. Lyman was honored to have an instrumental role in the development and addition of Sunrise Villa Assisted Living in 2001.
Lyman was a devoted husband to his dear true love, Dixie. In their early years, the couple enjoyed camping and going on RAGBRAI. Lyman was a dedicated father and incredibly proud of his four children. The family enjoyed going on vacations across the country, supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes, and staying busy with the kids’ activities that he made sure to never miss.
Lyman was known for having a lead foot and had a love of Fords. He had a green thumb that was inherited from his mom and grandpa and he never celebrated a birthday without his wife’s red velvet cake.
In the summer of 2011, Lyman suffered a massive stroke that changed his remaining years. He fought for nearly eight years before passing away at the age of 64 at Luther Manor on March 5, 2019 surrounded by his family. Lyman will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Celebration of Life was held from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue, Iowa.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife Dixie; children: Jennifer (Justin) Hemann and their children Avery, Asher, and Ellasyn of Mantorville, Minnesota, Patrick (Sarah) Bailey and their daughter Jozy of Forest City, Iowa, Ryan Bailey, and Janelle Bailey both of Bellevue; a sister Wanda (Ralph) Wedgewood of Salina, Kansas, and numerous other relatives and friends. Lyman is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sister Myrna (Ivan) Heimbuck, and several aunts and uncles.
The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care and support.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com