Roy Bayless

Roy E Bayless

Saturday, February 7th, 1925 - Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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Roy E. Bayless, 95, of Silvis, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living in Silvis. A private family service will be held.  Entombment will be in Ridgelawn Memorial Park in Huntington, WV.  Wendt Funeral Home in Moline, IL, is assisting the family with arrangements. Roy was born on February 7, 1925, in Huntington, WV, the son of James L. and Mary (Barrett) Bayless. After graduation from High School in 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy, spending most of the next three years aboard ship in the Pacific.  He was discharged from the Navy in April, 1946, at which time he went to Ypsilanti, MI, where his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Preston, was living.  She was working at the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant.  They were married in Bowling Green, OH, on April 28, 1946. Roy was hired by Airline National Terminal Service Company and the Airport Operations Company, and spent thirteen years in various airport operation positions. In 1959, he left Willow Run as Assistant Airport Manager, for the Airport Director position in Riverside, CA. While at Riverside, he was elected President of the California Association of Airport Executives, was Airport Manager of the Year, and Chairman of the Airport Administrators Council for three years. In 1974, he accepted the position of Director of Aviation in Austin, TX. While working in Austin, he was elected President of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), was a board member of the Airport Operators Council International for four years, was Chairman of the Aviation Advisory Committee for the Texas Transportation Institute and Texas A&M University for nine years, and a member of the Austin Retirement Board for two years. He loved fishing and spent many summers at their Wisconsin Lake home, fishing with his grandsons. Roy is survived by his wife, Betty, of 73 years; a daughter, Marcia (Jeff) Gunderson of Moline; a son, Gregory of Austin, TX; three grandchildren, Marcus (Julie) Quaranta of Silvis, Chad (Julie) Quaranta of Brookshire, TX, and Kelli Schafer of Moline; and six great-grandchildren.
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  • Private family Service

    Friday, March 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, March 27th, 2020 2:00pm
    Wendt Funeral Home
    1811 - 15th St. Pl.
    Moline, IL 61265
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    Pastor Randy Willers
  • Interment

    Ridgelawn Memorial Park Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Huntington, WV
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John D. Solomon

Posted at 12:00am
Roy was a great friend and an excellent Airport Manager!

Ed and Dinorah Petrie

Posted at 12:00am
A great friend and mentor and loved very much

David Hart

Posted at 12:00am
Joe (Roy) and Betty were our neighbors across the street on Rambling Range in Austin and were very close to my parents Sharon and Curtis. My first job was mowing Joe and Betty’s lawn. Now I do not have to tell you Joe made sure I did a good job and he also paid me well. He also organized a meeting for me with George Page, a successful architect in town because I wanted to be an architect, which I now am. Thank you, Joe. Love you Betty.

Barbara Miles

Posted at 12:00am
I had the privilege of being Roy Bayless' secretary for 12 years at Austin Municipal Airport up until his retirement. He was a wonderful man, and we kept in touch for a number of years. I send my most heartfelt condolences to Betty, Marcia, Gregory, and all family members, and will pray that God will provide His strength and comfort to you in these difficult days.
Barbara Miles

Frank and Margaret Bishop

Posted at 12:00am
Thoughts and prayers are with you. Our family is heartbroken. We all loved Roy. From our family to yous, you have our greatest sympathy and love.

Frank and Margaret Bishop and family.

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