In memory of Vernon Kailey
born on October 1, 1917 in Blue Hill, Nebraska, the son of William Taylor
and Harriet (Bower)Kailey. He attended schools in Nebraska and graduated
from high school in Lawrence, Nebraska in 1935. Following graduation,
he played professional baseball and became a pitcher, pitching in several
leagues such as the Van Johnson in Beloit, Kansas and then to the St.
Louis Cardinal Training Camp in Springfield, Missouri where he was injured
and released. His next pitching job was in Montana in the Midland Empire
League followed by a year in the Alabama State League at Andalusia, Alabama.
He voluntarily enlisted in the Air Force in January of 1941, serving during
World War II, where he served in the Middle East, North Africa, Syria,
Egypt, and Italy before returning home in September of 1944.
Vernon served willingly on many councils, boards and committees. He was Director Area VI, Manpower Council Board of Directors, Miles City Chamber of Commerce, member of State Planning Committee for Vocational Education, President of Mountain States Association of Community College, President of Montana Community College Association, Miles City J.C. Boss of the Year in 1979, Assistant State Director of N.A.R.P., AARP State Legislative Committee Vice Chairman, and Assistant Montana State Director of N.R.T.A.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Ilo Kailey of Miles City, MT; a son, William T. (Lisa) Kailey of Epping, NH; a daughter Linda S. (Paul) Sandvig of Helena, MT; ten grandchildren, several great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and several foster children. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Nancy Kailey Thorne.
Family will receive friends on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Private family interment will be held in the Forsyth Cemetery at a later date. Should friends desire, condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials should be made to the charity of one’s choice.