Berny Lee Bailey

Berny Lee Bailey, 71, Hays, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born May 21, 1949, in McCook, Neb., to Clarence and Lavina (Flaska) Bailey.  He was a 1967  graduate of St. John High School, and in 1971 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

He married Donna Kisner on June 13, 1970,  in Hays, and they celebrated 50 years of marriage. He was a physical education and social studies teacher in the Larned School District, and after earning a master’s degree in counseling from Fort Hays State University, he was a school counselor in the Larned Schools and at Great Bend High School.   He was a farmer and learned carpentry from his father, which led him to become a skilled craftsman.  He used these skills to remodel his homes and build furniture for his family.  

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and played trumpet in the Eddie Frank Band.  

He enjoyed his family, golfing, bowling, playing pickle ball, water sports, traveling, and riding his motorcycle.

Survivors include his wife, Hays; his mother-in-law, Virginia Kisner, Hays; a son, Brett Bailey and wife, Paulia, Larned; two daughters, Rebecca Bailey and husband, Chris, Shawnee and Stacey Bernal and husband, Kris, Halstead; a brother, Vern Bailey and wife, Melanie, Bunker Hill; a  brother-in-law, Kenny Schepmann, Leon; and seven grandchildren, Addison, Isabella, Adam, Bailey, Sydney, Brenley, and Berkley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a father-in-law, Vernon Kisner; and a sister, Carol Schepmann.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pfeifer.  

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9 :45 a.m. Saturday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601. The family requests that all attending the visitation and funeral Mass wear masks.  

Memorials are suggested to HaysMed Foundation in care of the funeral home.

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Posted online on February 24, 2021