Donald Bailey of Minburn


Donald Bailey, 92, of Minburn passed away Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at the Perry Lutheran Homes King’s Daughters Campus in Perry, Iowa.

A graveside service will be held at the Elmwood Cemetery in Minburn on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Memorials will be given to the Minburn United Methodist Church Trustees and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care. Online condolences may be left at

Donald Lee Bailey was born June 17, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Cleoy Albert and Pheobe Ann (Hurst) Bailey.

He attended school in Bondurant, Iowa, and at the Washington Township School in rural Dallas County.

Don served his country in the U.S. Army at Okinawa.

He was united in marriage to Donna Joan Ingram at the Minburn United Methodist Church Dec. 17, 1950.

Don farmed in the Redfield and Minburn areas and operated Bailey Insurance Agency in Perry.

He was a member of the Minburn United Methodist Church, was past member of the Lions Club, was involved in lay ministry and served as a deacon.

Don enjoyed playing Triple A baseball and was a past mayor of Minburn.

He especially loved family and faith and leading Bible studies.

In death he rejoins his parents, Cleoy and Pheobe Bailey; four brothers; and one sister.

Left to cherish Don’s memory are his wife, Donna of Minburn; children, Dennis (Nancy) Bailey of Ankeny, Denise Soults of West Des Moines, Doug Bailey of Adel and Dana Bailey of Gardnerville, Nevada; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


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