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Rev. James Royle Bailard

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“Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sorry to hear of Royle's passing. As a fellow teacher at Kettle Lake you could always count on his good cheer and support. My prayers go out...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Deborah Trent - Grand Rapids, MI

“This world lost a giant of a man this week. Heaven regained another wonderful man of faith. He was the favorite teacher of all 3 of my children. God...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Dan & Sandy Tebo - Alto, MI

“My condolences to the Bailard family. I fondly remember Royle as the "Gentle Giant" of Alaska Avenue on the school bus. A Christian man, indeed! ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Gilbert Rich - Grand Rapids, MI

“He made an impact on me as a shy 5th grader at Kettle Lake, had great rapport with students and there was no messing around in class. He made me...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Jennifer Lentz (VanderLaan) - NV

“Blessed memoriesJoyce & Chuck Shiels ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“This message is for the entire Bailard family.While I only know Dan, I wanted to reach out to all of you and let you know that you are in my thoughts...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Bobby Siers - RALEIGH, NC

“Mr. Bailard was one of my all time favorite teachers. Such a kind man who made a difficult year moving schools in 4th grade such a wonderful...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Megan Kosecki (Jacques)

“Our hearts were saddened when we read the passing of Royal Ballard for he was a dear friend of the (Ted Christman) family since the 1950's and have...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Jack & Gerry Thornton - MI

“What a special man! I remember he gave his students little nick names, and they loved him. A true Caledonia legend .Our sympathies to Leta and family...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Anne and Jack Steele - Hastings, MI

“In addition to being a good friend to all of us Royal was also the best teacher my sons ever had, who taught them sternly, but always shared a good...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Marian Cavanaugh - Alto, MI

“A life time of memories...he has safely passed to that Heavenly Shore and seen The Fathers Face. Many blessings and prayers to the whole family. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Sara Dent - Cheyenne, WY

“Mr. Bailard was the greatest teacher I ever had and I will never forget the impact he had on my life. My condolences on his passing. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: MICHAEL MORGAN

“A true Fighting Scot and someone who made a difference in so many lives. Truly a life well lived. Our Deepest Sympathy to the Royle Bailard family. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Kaechele - Caledonia, MI

“I remember Royle as a wonderful, caring, and highly respected teacher at Kettle Lake. Love and light to Leta and his entire family. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Diane Blain - Mecota, MI

“RB was one of those truly genuine people whose big heart was appreciated by students and staff alike. Our deepest sympathies go out to Leta and the...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Jeff Worman - Whitehall, MI

“Deepest sympathy to you and yours, he will be missed. Such a sweet and humorous man. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Carl & Bonnie Hofstra - McMillan, MI


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Rev. Bailard was born on April 7, 1933 and passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Rev. Bailard was a resident of Alto, Michigan at the time of passing.

Royle served his country in the US Army as a radar operator.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. on Friday at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood, MI 49508, with Rev. Al Strouse and John Brummel officiating. Interment Whitneyville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Old Time Methodist Church in Alto.

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