Vernon Raymond Kailey, age 94, of Miles City passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City.
Vernon was born on October 1, 1917 in Blue Hill, Nebraska, the son of William Taylor and Harriet (Bower)Kailey. He attended schools in Nebraska and graduated from high school in Lawrence, Nebraska in 1935. Following graduation, he played professional baseball and became a pitcher, pitching in several leagues such as the Van Johnson in Beloit, Kansas and then to the St. Louis Cardinal Training Camp in Springfield, Missouri where he was injured and released. His next pitching job was in Montana in the Midland Empire League followed by a year in the Alabama State League at Andalusia, Alabama. He voluntarily enlisted in the Air Force in January of 1941, serving during World War II, where he served in the Middle East, North Africa, Syria, Egypt, and Italy before returning home in September of 1944. Vernon had met his future wife, Ilo Haywood in Forsyth, Montana in 1939 and they were married after the war in 1944. Vern attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in Education, majoring in History, Social Studies and Physical Education. Later he received his Master’s Degree at the University of Montana in School Administration. His teaching career started in 1948 and he retired in 1979. Vernon had an amassed a career of teaching, coaching, and administration which ended in 1979 serving as President of Miles Community College from 1970 to 1979.
Vernon served willingly on many councils, boards and committees. He was Director Area VI, Manpower Council Board of Directors, Miles City Chamber of Commerce, member of State Planning Committee for Vocational Education, President of Mountain States Association of Community College, President of Montana Community College Association, Miles City J.C. Boss of the Year in 1979, Assistant State Director of N.A.R.P., AARP State Legislative Committee Vice Chairman, and Assistant Montana State Director of N.R.T.A.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Ilo Kailey of Miles City, MT; a son, William T. (Lisa) Kailey of Epping, NH; a daughter Linda S. (Paul) Sandvig of Helena, MT; ten grandchildren, several great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and several foster children. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Nancy Kailey Thorne.
Family will receive friends on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Private family interment will be held in the Forsyth Cemetery at a later date. Should friends desire, condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials should be made to the charity of one’s choice.