The Life of David Howard Bailey

David Howard Bailey, 71, of Greenwich Township, died on Monday, January 21, 2019 in his residence. Born in Allentown, David was the son of the late William Bailey and Eleanor L. (Peifer) Nonnemaker. He was a 1965 graduate of Louis E. Dieruff High School, Allentown, and honorably and faithfully served his country in the United States Navy. He was employed as a machinist by Buckeye Pipe Line Co., Macungie, for over 25 years, retiring in 2011. Prior to that, David worked at Bethlehem Fabricators, and in his earlier years, at Daniel's Cadillac, Allentown.

David was a great mechanic and machinist. He was proud of his 1968 Dodge that he had rebuilt. David also enjoyed model trains and cars and was a member of the Delaware Valley "S" Gaugers.

He is survived by his two daughters, Kelly R. (Maurer) Caplinger, Emmaus, and Jessica M. Maurer, Auburn; five grandchildren, Daniel, Derek and Devon Caplinger and Zachary and Alexis Molnar; two great-grandchildren, Lily Caplinger and Zaylee Berger; sister, Sandra J. (Bailey), wife of Ron Miller, Macungie; and brother, William Bailey, widow of Ann (Delp) Bailey, Macungie. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by a sister, Kathleen (Bailey) Schenk in 2012.

Graveside services for David will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 (His 72nd Birthday) at 11:00 a.m. in Cedar Hill Memorial Park, 1700 Airport Road, Allentown. Burial with military honors by the United States Navy Honor Guard will follow the service.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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My brother

Dave was more than a brother. He was our friend and like a father to me growing up. He will be missed. But will forever remain in our hearts. Thank you for all the good memories. Love your lil sis Sandy and Ron. 

Posted by Sandra M on 01/30/2019

My Uncle while growing up.

My first memory of Uncle Dave comes from a picture my mother has.  Uncle Dave lived with us for a little while I was very small.  He came home from work and put his vest on me.  I was so little in comparison that my head and arms popped out of it like a little blond turtle.  Although Uncle Dave isn’t in the picture, I have a giant smile on my face most likely because he and everyone in the room was laughing.  

Later on in life, he lived down the street from us and I remember having to come along when my parents went to his home for dinner, which happened once every two months or so.  He had a humongous train layout and a bunch of neat tools in his basement, and I would very impatiently eat dinner and await the moment when he would be ready to show my father the newest, latest thing he was cooking up down there.  We would end up hanging out downstairs for hours until someone would call for us to come back upstairs.  I can’t recall seeing his trains run too much, but his attention to detail and making the layout work always impressed me.

Another memory would be the time he fixed my broken toys.  He never seemed bothered by my asking, and always brought them back to working shape.  In fact, I still have one with the repairs he made tucked away in a box in my parents basement.  

Although Uncle Dave and I never stayed in touch, I always appreciated the times we spent as a family in those moments.  RIP Uncle Dave.  

Posted by Jeremy M on 01/30/2019

For my uncle dave

Uncle Dave. You may have become recluse late in life, but I will choose to remember the fun uncle that lived with us when i was young, was an amazing train builder, hard worker and used to come to our house to visit, have dinner and laugh and just hang out with family.  You served our country honorably You were a good man and loved more than you ever knew. This is the man I choose to remember.  You will be missed uncle Dave   Your nephew, Ron Miller 

Posted by Ron M on 01/30/2019

Your kid friend form the acres.

I just heard from my sister Penny aabout David's passing. As kids we were good friends, but as the years go by you some how fall out touch. I remember when he was going into the Navy I bought his car for $40.00. That car lasted for me until one week before I left for ther Marine Corps. Sorry, to hear of his passing and wish I would known him after we got out of the service. However, I lot happens to people in four years of being away from home and friends.Your freiend Alex Potoczny of 507 Hanover Acres, but now living Sellersville, Pennsylvania.


Posted by ALEXANDER P on 02/04/2019

Buckeye Pipe Line

I was an engineer at Buckeye and specialized in reapair and maintenace of Buckeye's mainline pumping units through out the system.  This brought me into contact with Dave on numeerous occasions because of his hands on experiece with repairing mechanical equipment.  From my point of view he was a extremely good machinist and routinely made parts for a very specialized control valve operator Buekeye used on its station discharge valves.  Dave kept the old vaves working in part because the manufacturer of the operator had quadrupled the price of a new operator.  Dave would visit the engineering department periodicaly on his way through to visit one of the other engineers to talk "trains".  

Rest in Peace Dave.

Posted by Bill T on 02/04/2019