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John Bailey

June 6, 1968 — June 24, 2018

John K. Bailey of Las Vegas, NV, age 50, passed away at the home of his children on June 24th, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. John was born in Alma, NE to John Philip and Shirley I. Trickle Bailey on June 6th, 1968.

John attended school in Republican City, NE through the 9th grade then transferred to Alma, NE and graduated from there in May 1986. He entered the University of Nebraska at Kearney, NE where he graduated with a degree in Airline Science in 1991. John was a flight instructor until he became employed by Coleman Powermate, Kearney, NE in 1994 as a Line Captain pilot for them. He moved to Wichita, KS and went to work for Cessna Aircraft as a Production Test Pilot in 1997.

In 2003 John and his family moved to Lexington, TN where he was Captain/Manager of the Flight Dept. of Ayers Asset Management. In 2009 they moved overseas where they lived in India, Thailand and Singapore where he flew as Captain for Aditya Birla Group in India and as Senior Captain/Director of Safety and Standardization for MJets in Thailand and with Marine Base Sands Aviation in Singapore and transferred with Sands Aviation from Singapore to Las Vegas as a Captain of a Gulfstream 4 where he was presently employed. He just recently obtained his Gulfstream 5 rating.

John met and married Monica Hajjar on Feb. 24, 1995. To this union 6 children were born John "Alex", Nicholas, Austin, Auriana, Athena and Ares. After 17 1/2 years of marriage John and Monica were divorced. John met his wife Kelly Bailey in October 2016 and married shortly after in June 2017.

John was preceded in death by his father John Philip Bailey in March of 2004, his grandparents John M. Bailey and wife Lilla Talley Bailey, Kenneth Trickle and wife Mabel Comfort Trickle.

John is survived by his wife Kelly and his step-children, London, Braxton, Mykel and Maximus, his children Alex, Nicholas, Austin, Auriana, Athena and Ares, his sister Phyllis Brittenham and her husband Dean Brittenham, his mother Shirley Bailey-Gibbs, and uncles Kenneth Trickle and wife Mary Anne and Roy Trickle and wife Barbara and nieces and nephews.

John was a loving father and happiest when he was home surrounded by his children and family.

John posted this on his Facebook page last year.


A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall

but instead picks you up brushes you off and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes

but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks

in silence when you get hurt.

A dad is some who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break

the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even

when you fail.

When John was not flying, he enjoyed attending bible study every Sunday with his wife at Shadow Hills Baptist Church, where he and Kelly were welcomed with open arms into their small Christian community. He enjoyed attending services at Shadow Hills Baptist Church and Canyon Ridge Christian Church, both in Las Vegas. John was a member of the United Methodist Church in Republican City, NE.

The following is a quote from one of John's posts also a year ago after he had seen the Southern Cross from 43,000 ft. and remembered in that quiet cockpit late at night in the dark it was pure magic. Quote: Thank you God for the gift of my travels, my experiences, my loves, my losses, all you have given me. I may be the luckiest man on this planet. In your grace, thank you."


Davis Funeral Home-Rainbow Chapel
1401 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV  89146
Saturday, July 7, 2018
6:00 PM to 6:15 PM


Funeral Service

Davis Funeral Home-Rainbow Chapel
1401 S. Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV  89146
Saturday, July 7, 2018
6:15 PM to 7:00 PM
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