Leo passed away on November 24, 2018. Leo was born with his twin brother Lloyd on September 15, 1936 to Mary Germaine Richard and Louis Bailly in Wolf Point, Montana. Where he learned at an early age that kittens are not black and white striped. The family moved to Helena in 1946 where Leo graduated from the Catholic High school because he knew all the good hiding places to avoid the nuns. He enjoyed pole vaulting and figure skating (Which he was quite good at). He joined the National Guard for a few years as a mechanic and was medically discharged due to an injury sustained while pole vaulting. He went on to radio electrician school where he mis-wired something and blew himself across the room knocking everything off the wall. Interestingly he was not hurt and many of his future projects involving electricity ended with the same result. No one could ever figure out how he never got electrocuted. He drove the same way and no one could ever figure out how he never wrecked. Anyone that rode with him hunting would either be praying or swearing and sometimes both as he had road hunting down to an art and would never look where he was driving. “Medicine Rock” water helps calm the nerves and he always had his “holy water” with him.
He worked as an auto mechanic and for Northwest Airlines servicing flights arriving and departing. From there he worked at the Montana Education Association as a printer and general facility maintenance guy. He eventually bought his own business and started Bailly Insulation in 1972. He sold this business and started an auto body shop where he eventually retired. Leo, always a strong supporter of volunteer organizations worked as a volunteer for the Civil Defense program in the 60’s and 70’s, was assistant fire chief for Lewis and Clark County, worked as a reserve deputy for the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Fish Wildlife and Parks and was a member of the Algeria Shriners.
He was always quick to help his friends and just be a smiling face for those who needed one. He earned the nick name “Vern” due to his quick humor. Right up until his last day, he was smiling at the nurses and telling them he was doing good. He loved to pull practical jokes on people and was still harassing the nursing staff until his last days.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Larry and brother Steve and second wife Shirley. He is survived by his children Denise (Sam) Heigh, (Larry), Michele Wigert (Shawn) and Mike Bailly (Kristi) all of Helena, four grandchildren, Brittney Wigert, Cole Bailly, Shelby Wigert and Mason Bailly and one great grandson Derrick, his first wife Ann Bailly who remained his friend throughout his life, his twin brother Lloyd, and his favorite companion Chico.
The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nursing Staff of Saint Peter’s hospital for the great care and compassion you gave him during his last days. Also, to the nurse of the dialysis department who visited him regularly even when they didn’t have to. Thank you so much!
No services are planned at his request. It was his plan to donate his body science. Donations in Leo’s name can be made to the MHP Hope Project.
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