Bill Bailey Former Nebraska Game and Parks Assistant Commission Director Dies

Former Nebraska Game and Parks Assistant Commission Director Bill Bailey Dies

LINCOLN, Nebraska — -( William J. Bailey Jr., 81, of Lincoln, Nebraska, who served as assistant director for fish and wildlife of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for nearly 22 years, died in Lincoln on January 25.

Bailey was first employed by the Commission in 1954 as a land manager in western Nebraska. From 1962 to 1964 he served as assistant chief of the Game and Management Division with the Utah Department of Fish and Game. In 1964 he returned to Nebraska and held several positions within the Commission’s Wildlife Division prior to being promoted to assistant director for fish and wildlife in July, 1971. He retired from the Commission in March, 1993.

“Bill is an icon in wildlife management in Nebraska and North America. His work with deer, wild turkey and antelope management set Nebraska on course for providing our sportsmen and women with the outstanding hunting opportunities we enjoy today,” said Commission Director Rex Amack. “His legacy in the Commission’s wildlife management programs will continue in perpetuity,” Amack continued.

Former Commissioner Charles E. Wright of Lincoln said, “Bill was a consummate gentleman, who was totally committed to Nebraska’s wildlife resources. He served the Commission and the State of Nebraska to the utmost of his ability.”

Along with his work in wildlife restoration, Bailey was instrumental in establishing needs and obtaining legislation for instream flow appropriations, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing for the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID) and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) facilities, and development of the Nebraska Habitat Program.

Bailey, a native of West Virginia, was a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in wildlife management, before earning a Master of Sciences degree in zoology and wildlife science from Pennsylvania State University.

Among Bailey’s survivors are a wife and two children. Services are pending.