Marvin Eugene Bailey

August 20, 1935 ‒ November 11, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Marvin Eugene Bailey, age 84 of Delaware passed away Monday morning, November 11, 2019 at Wesley Woods at New Albany.

He was born in Galena, Ohio on August 20, 1935 to the late Forrest Dale Bailey and Lucille (Cornell) Bailey. A graduate of Big Walnut High School, he met Gwendolyn June Walker at a square dance during his school years. They were married shortly after and together shared 58 wonderful years, caring for the needs of each other and raising a family. Sadly, Gwendolyn passed away in 2014.

Marvin was a devoted, faithful, and very active member of New Beginnings Methodist Church, formerly Grace United Methodist Church in Delaware serving on various committees. He enjoyed woodworking, painting pictures, bird watching and taking drives. Quite the handyman, Marvin could fix almost anything.

He also enjoyed traveling and family trips to Gatlinburg will always remain special.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Keith (Jody Alders) Bailey of Gahanna; 2 grandsons, Michael (Sarah) Bailey and Brian (Andrea Motto) Bailey; 2 great-grandchildren, Lilly and Violet; and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, Marvin was preceded in death by his son Bruce Eugene Bailey in 2016 and his sister Mary Harper.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, where services celebrating the life of Marvin Bailey will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:30 am with Rev. David Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Trenton Cemetery, Sunbury.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to the New Beginnings United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1268, Delaware, OH 43015 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.

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  • To the family of Marvin Bailey I send prayers. Your Grandma and Grandpa Bailey lived on Hartford Rd when my family moved in down the street, my lil sister called them grandma and grandpa Bailey and would spend a lot of time with them. Your grandma gave me a special pair of pillow cases for my wedding and they are still with me. I know coming from this family you are well loved. Lost touch with Marvin when your grand parent passed. Will pray for comfort for the Bailey family

  • Marvin was one of the first people I met at Grace UMC in the early 2000. He was head usher at the time but his greeting went beyond just the duties of usher. That greeting was what most likely made me return and find a home at Grace. I will miss his quick wit and humor. May peace and comfort be with the family as Marvin is now back with his Gwynnie and Im sure he is sharing his wit and humor with Jesus.

  • Keith and Jody
    May God’s Blessings be on you and your family during this time of sorrow!
    Sorry I cannot be there with you!

  • Marvin was a wonderful man I got to meet toward the end, from Wesley Woods at New Albany. He was the sweetest man, with a big heart. I loved to see him on his daily walks to drop off mail and go get his cup of coffee in the bistro. Marvin will truly be missed at Wesley Woods as he was part of our family. From Wesley Woods May peace and comfort Be with the Bailey family, I know he is in a better place with his wife.

  • Went to school with Marvin all 12 years and we played Trombones together in the band, He was always a great guy and very good friend. With Marvin everything was top-notched, good student, class President or other class officer, Always willing to help anyone, he was truly what you would call a Gentleman, a man of Faith and Integrity, So Sorry his health deteriorated, but he has now entered into Eternal Rest.Deepest Sympathy to his Family.

  • Marv was a wonderful, warm, witty loving man. I had the pleasure of knowing him when I was music director at Grace UMC.He had the most rich smooth baritone voice and always made me smile.
    Mark also had the privilege of sharing trustee ministry and Marv guiding Marks tone in chancel choir.
    The Heavenly choir has gained a wonderful voice.Hugs and love to all

  • Keith/Jody –

    So sorry we missed the obituary when it was published. We’ve been thinking of you over the past week and want to send you our condolences. Didn’t know your Dad, of course, but know from the way you are that he must have been a fine man. Know this is a tough time, and we will be thinking of you.

    Bob and Holly