Harlan F. “Beetle” Bailey, 66 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 6:39 a.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on September 12, 1954 in Taylorville, IL the son of Everette Joseph and Florien (Nation) Bailey. He married Karen K. Koss on April 23, 1977 in Effingham, IL. He worked as an associate at Walmart and he served in the United States Army from 1973-1977. Beetle was a member of the Blue Mound Masonic Lodge #682 AF & AM, Ansar Shrine, American Legion Post #73 and VFW Post #4495 both in Taylorville.

He is survived by his Wife: Karen Bailey of Taylorville; Daughter: Heidi Jo (Lucas) Parr of Mason City, IL; Son: Korey (Candy) Bailey of Stonington, IL; Grandchildren: Sheyenne, Shaunee, Rayne and Sierra Bailey; Brothers: Tony Bailey of Hope Mills, NC; Wayne Bailey of Decatur, IL; Uncles: Roscoe Nation and Granvel “Spud” Nation; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville. Memorial Service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

Memorials may be made to Lincoln Land Honor Flight 57 Country Place Springfield, IL 62703.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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