AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Paul Bailey, of rural Mora, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Welia Health in Mora. He was 65 years old.
GATHERING OF FAMILY & FRIENDS will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with a SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE being held at 6:30 pm.
Paul William Bailey, of rural Mora, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Welia Health in Mora. He was 65 years old.
Paul was born on May 8, 1954 in Burley, Idaho. He was one of nine children born to parents William and Eunice (Pirrung) Bailey.
In 1986, Paul moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin where he managed the Best Block Company’s block plant. After 5 years, he left Best Block to become the co-owner of the Superior Concrete Company with locations in Minneopa, New Ulm, and Lake Crystal. During this time Paul also owned a Limousine business in Mankato.
In October of 1995, Paul met Jean VandenBerg and after a whirlwind romance, they were united in marriage on March 30, 1996 in Mankato, MN. In 1997, Paul sold his stake in the business and He and Jean moved to Sarasota, Florida. He took a job managing the Anchor Block Company in Sarasota, where he worked until 2002. Paul and Jean moved back to Minnesota to a home north of Ann Lake, near Mora. In 2003, Paul stated his own business of repairing and replacing the slats in hog barns. The business later split into two separate companies that are now run by his daughters Beth (and husband Terry) and Laura. Paul continued to be the “go to” guy for any problems that arose with the business. Paul would always figure out a way to make things work. Most recently, Paul began buying worn out buildings and renovating them for new business in the Isle, Ogilvie, and Mora areas. He advised and helped to start 3 small businesses in the area. He also enjoyed renovating houses which he would either re-sell or rent. Everything he did was not only for himself, but also the future generation.
Paul loved traveling, boating, farming, socializing and smoking. He loved being with his family and time spent with his children and grandchildren. Most of all, Paul was an inspiration to everyone he knew. He pushed us all to be better people and to be successful in anything we did. He will be dearly missed.
Paul is preceded in death by his father William, and brothers Bob and Jimmy Bailey.
He is survived by his mother Eunice Bailey; wife Jean VandenBerg; children, Rebecca Bailey, Elizabeth (Terry) Wachter, Lukas (Angie) VandenBerg, Laura Stoothoff, and Daniel (Kaela) VandenBerg; 8 grandchildren, Michael, Allison, William, Breanna, MacKenzie, Ben, Ava, and Hendrik; 2 great grandchildren, Dominick and Dawsyn; brothers, Bill (Lisa) Bailey, David (Linnea) Bailey, and Mike (Kelly) Bailey; sisters, Diane (Tom) Richmond, Linda (Jim) Luckey, and Janice Bailey; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.