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Dailey, "Tom" Bernard 1941-2021

DAILY, CRIMMINGS, SCHRAGE, BASENER, GRUVER, BARRON, WEEKS, WILKEN, BRINKER

Posted By: Karen De Groote (email)
Date: 1/21/2021 at 15:24:33

Private Funeral Services for Bernard ‘Tom’ Dailey, 79, of Greene, will be at St. Mary Catholic Church, Greene with Father Ralph Davis officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery. Public visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Friday, January 22 at Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. 1st Street, Greene.

All healthy people are welcome to attend the visitation on Friday at the funeral home. Masks must be worn and socially responsible distancing practices will be followed.

Tom was born on September 18, 1941 in Charles City, Iowa a son of Bernard and Marian (Crimmings) Dailey and passed away on January 19, 2021 at Unity Point – Allen Hospital in Waterloo. He was baptized Sep 19, 1941 into Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City, Iowa.

Growing up in Grafton, two of his favorite activities were riding his horse, Lady, and playing baseball. Tom graduated from Grafton High School with the class of 1959. His family then moved to Phoenix due to his father’s health and Tom managed a roller-skating rink for a couple years before he returned to Iowa. He served in the National Guard in Arizona and in Iowa from January 1960 through December 1961.

Back in Iowa, Tom worked several jobs eventually becoming a carpet layer starting with Dralle’s Department Store and continued in this profession nearly 20 years. In 1963, he was married to Sandra Schrage, and three children were born to this union.

Tom met Evelyn Basener in 1971 at the roller rink in Clear Lake and they were wed on August, 11, 1973 in Meservey, Iowa. To this union one daughter was born.

Being a jack of all trades, he held a variety of positions and after a time delivering Winnebago motor homes, he started Tom’s Small Engine Repair in Greene. He operated this business for over 30 years.

Tom was a member of St. Mary Church and the Knights of Columbus. In his younger years, he spent a significant amount of time working at and patronizing roller rinks. He loved traveling with his wife and visited Ireland, England, Italy, Jamaica and Mexico in addition to much of the United States. He loved watching old western movies, especially John Wayne movies, and enjoyed taking care of the acreage and being with his canine sidekick, Doc II.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Evelyn; children: Denice (Dan) Gruver, Mason City and their sons Brandon and Jacob; Jeffrey (Mary) Dailey, Corcoran, CA and their daughters Paula (Mark) Barron and Tasha (Marty) Weeks; Paul Dailey, Mason City; Crystal (Heath) Wilken, Cedar Falls and their daughters Lillian and Amelia; several great grandchildren; a sister: Marlene Brinker; and sister-in-law: Cindy Dailey; several nieces, nephews and friends and his faithful companion Doc II.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jack Dailey and brother-in-law Ray Brinker.

Source: Crystal Wilken and Retz Funeral Home, 21 Jan 2021

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