Master Trooper James R. Bailey, 50, of Auburn, died Friday, March 3, 2023. James was born November 10, 1972 in Auburn. James was a 1991 graduate of Garrett High School. He was a nearly 16-year veteran of the Indiana State Police and received the Life Saving Award in 2010, was named Trooper of the Year for District 22 in 2012 and he also earned the combat “Action Award” in 2021. James was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Indiana Wayne Lodge 14 and the Indiana State Police Alliance. He is survived by his wife, Amy Bailey of Auburn; son, Joseph Bailey of Auburn; daughter, Sophia Bailey of Auburn; father, Bill Bailey of Garrett; sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Kevin McBride of Kendallville; brother and sister-in-law, Bill Jr. and Tiffany Bailey of Auburn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Karen Garn of Auburn; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carrie and Jarrod Bennett of Auburn; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jenny and Scott Rose of Auburn and brother-in-law, Andrew Garn of Auburn. He was preceded in death by his mother, Wanda F. Bailey. Visitation for Master Trooper Bailey will be held on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 2-8 p.m. at County Line Church of God 7716 N. County Line Rd. E., Auburn, IN. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Garrett High School Gymnasium 801 E. Houston Street, Garrett, IN. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Garrett. Memorial donations may be made to DeKalb Humane Society or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Arrangements by Pinnington Funeral & Cremation Services 502 N. Main Street, Auburn. To sign the online guest book, visit www.pinningtonfh.com.
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