Obituary: Wayne Bailey, 87, of Ludington.

August 25, 2020

Obituary: Wayne Bailey, 87, of Ludington.

Wayne L. Bailey, 87, of Ludington passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020. He was born January 27, 1932 in Hart to Nicholas and Anna (Wasquam) Bailey. He was the first known Native American to graduate from Ludington High School. 

After high school Wayne joined the Army and was stationed with the infantry in Korea. He saw the beauty of Korea and was very interested in the Asian culture, particularly their architecture and wood working. Wayne spent many hours studying Japanese joinery. He went to work on the carferries when there were seven boats. He worked there for 40 years, joining a long list of Bailey’s who were employed there. Wayne married his best friend, Judy Glover and they spent many happy years together. 

Wayne is survived by his wife, Judy; his stepdaughter, LaVange (James Robert Ewing) Barth; his stepsons, Charles Sichel Outcolt and Jonathan; his grandchildren, Victoria, Justin, Sarah, Margaret, and Benjamin; his brothers, Nick (Brenda) Bailey, and Leroy; his special nephew, Roger Brunk and special friend, Bill Guinn; and many other nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his sister, Alice, sister-in-law, Evelyn, niece, Annie Brunk, and nephew, Sam.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service is being planned.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.oakgroveludington.com.

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