Cliff E. Bailey

cliff bailey

August 14, 1928 ~ December 23, 2023

Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Cliff “Bud” Eugene Bailey passed away Saturday, December 23, 2023; in his hometown of Pueblo Colorado.

Born in 1928, the 3rd born of children to Hazen Dell (Blackwill) and John Clifton Bailey. Bud was raised in the country where he helped with the farm animals and developed a lifetime love of gardening. He always held a fascination with figuring out how things worked and enjoyed tinkering with radios, tvs and electronics. Even as a child he held great promise for creativity and engineering and held an interest in how things worked, especially airplanes. A decorated WW2 veteran, Bud initially joined the Army Air Corp, and later the Air Force after it was established. It was here that he had the opportunity to fly in the very planes he admired as a child. After his time in the military, Bud started a family and worked as a computer engineer until retiring in the 1980s. He was known for his passion in helping others and spent many days roasting hotdogs for the community using a solar powered device of his own design. Later in life he took up oil painting the scenes from his time spent during the war and biblical moments that inspired him. He enjoyed cooking and had a zest for flavor. Bud later studied theology and taught himself Hebrew so he could transcribe the Bible onto selfmade scrolls. He was a gentle man of kindness, who held a curiosity for the world around him. But, his greatest accomplishment of his life was caring for those he loved and helping those in need.


Bud is survived by his daughter Jane Dean, grandchildren Rebecca (Kevin) Bishop, Laura Hibbs and Tyler (Katie) Dean and his great granddaughter Emree Hibbs; nieces Teena (Jim) Salmans-Smith, Betty Jean Kennedy; nephews Wesley A. (Barbara) Salmans and Jim (Shirley) Cadwell. Predeceased by son in law Ronald Howard Dean, mother Hazen Dell (Blackwill) Bailey, father John Clifton Bailey, siblings Charlene Marie Salmans, Shirley Louise Cadwell, Theresa Margie Bailey, Harvey Fredrick Bailey.


A military celebration of life service will be held in his honor at 2:00 pm, March 1, 2024 at Roselawn Cemetery. His ceremony will be held graveside and omittance of food and flowers is kindly asked.


Graveside Service: March 1, 2024 2:00 pm

Roselawn Cemetery
1706 Roselawn Road
Pueblo, CO 81006


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  1. CandleImageDear Dear Janie,
    Your dad will be sorely missed. I think back to a time he took myself and dear Uncle Harvey fishing at San Isabel Lake. Your dad had an inflatable raft that we each took turns taking out for 10-minute excursions. When Uncle Harvey had his turn, he was maybe 50 yards out and he dropped an oar, we laughed and laughed when we watched him go around and around and around in circles trying to get to the oar and each circle would keep the oar just out of reach! Another time he took us on a tour of the top floor of the phone company where the entire floor was a giant relay computer transferring calls all over the world. Your dad was indeed a genius, always up on the latest inventions and future inventions. I still use his Habanero Salsa recipe that is sooo delicious (once I get over the initial hiccups). We will never forget how you and he both looked after my dear mother in her later years; we are forever grateful. I was fortunate to see the self-made scrolls he transcribed of the Bible, truly a painstaking work of art – it was unbelievable!

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Uncle Cliff.

    All our love,
    Wes, Barbie, and Amanda

    • CandleImageThank you for sharing these beautiful memories. I smiled imagining how hilarious that moment was. What a joy to have such a great memory of him. I hope to hear more in the years to come.

      Becca Bishop

  2. Dearest Jane,
    The picture you chose if your dad is wonderful. He was soo hsndsome. He was such a blessing to our family. I remember him telling us about phones of the future that we would be able to see whom we were talking to.
    He was always there to help out when needed. I treasure the boomerangs he gave us and one of his paintings. He gave Jim one of helicopters. He was extremely talented and a genius. I miss him.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you.

  3. CandleImageOh, I’m so sad to see this. A friend pointed it out to me. I have been trying to find out where he waxx SC for 6 years. E always came to the First and Main Bar, where I worked until 6 years ago. He told many people I was his girlfriend. But we were just great friends. I miss him so much. He would bring food for me to eat and share, if I wanted to, but there was always lots so of course I shared. He gave me so many little things that makes me think of him when I see them. I wished I knew was his daughter was because I’d like to visit with her. He talked a lot about her and the grandkids. Bud (Cliff) I loved you for your friendship and kindness! Many people ask about you so you’re missed by all of them. Rest In Peace! Hugs 🤗 to you in heaven! 😢😃😢😃😢😃

      • CandleImageI just saw this but will send you a message as soon as I have a chance. I loved your grandpa for kindness and generosity! He will always hold a place in my heart ❤️

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