Dr. Wayne P. Bailey

Dr. Wayne P. Bailey


Dr. Wayne P. Bailey, Professor of Computer Science at Truman State University, died of lymphoma at the age of 64, June 9, 2013, at his home in Kirksville where he lived with his wife, Donna.

The son of O. Paul and Rose Marie (Ratliff) Bailey, he was born May 20, 1949, in Kirksville and lived with his family on their farm at South Gifford, MO, until 1967. He attended grade school in South Gifford and graduated from LaPlata High School in 1967. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972, earning the rank of Sergeant E-5 in the infantry and finishing the NCO Academy at Ft. Richardson, AK, he received with honors a BS and BSE in mathematics at Truman State University in Kirksville. His PhD was completed in computer science at the University of Missouri, Rolla, in 1982. He has been a respected professor of computer science at Truman State University since 1980, designing and implementing the first computer science degree program there. He was married in 1984 to Donna J. Tague Robbins.

Wayne grew up in the South Gifford Christian Church where he was baptized as a child. Later he became a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville. He was also a member of the Adair Lodge #366 of Kirksville, York Rite Bodies, Moila Temple of the Shrine, Moila Temple Legion of Honor, and the El Kadir Shrine Club in Kirksville, serving as club president in 1995.

Besides his wife and son, Brennan Robbins, of Kirksville, he is survived by his two sisters, Mrs. Steve (Janice) Moser of Urbandale, IA, and Mrs. Mike (Joyce) Peavler of Novelty, MO, one niece, three nephews, five great nieces, a great nephew, two great great nephews and many in-laws, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father in 2002 and his mother in 2009.

Public visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, with a Masonic Service held at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.

A Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home, with Pastor Richard Northcutt conducting the service.

Military rites with interment of ashes will be take place at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO.

Flowers are beautiful and appreciated, but last only for a short time. The family requests that those who wish, express their sympathy in the form of contributions to the Truman Foundation Bailey Scholarship or to the First United Methodist Church of Kirksville. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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Signed by: Sherry King on June 10, 2013

So sorry. I was not lucky enough to know Wayne but I know Donna and my heart breaks for her and her family. May God keep you under his watchful eye.

Signed by: Susan LaGrassa on June 11, 2013

Wayne was the founder of our CS program at Truman and a highly-valued colleague. Wayne and Donna have been wonderful friends, always offering support, encouragement, and a smile at just the right time. He will be greatly missed!

Signed by: Dan Curtis on June 11, 2013

Saddened to hear of Dr. Bailey's passing. I always looked forward to his classes and hearing his perspectives on computing. I learned a great deal from him.

He will be missed. Prayers and condolences to Donna and Brennan...

Signed by: Maria Di Stefano on June 12, 2013

Many good memories... among them, wonderful grilling by Wayne at the University Club!

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