Schuyler Daryl Bailey
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11 am in South Park in Lawrence. The family requests everyone wear masks while in attendance of this service.
Schuyler Daryl Bailey, 60, Lawrence passed away Monday, April 27 in his home surrounded by loved ones.
Schuyler was born on January 30, 1960 in Sedalia, Missouri the son of James Stewart and Betty Gay.
He received his BS in Criminal Justice from Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State, where he married Karen Hoover on December 31, 1982.
He spent 30 years with the University of Kansas Police Department where he retired as a captain. He later worked part-time for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.
He enjoyed working with local youth and spent 25 years with the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a member of Fraternal Order of Police.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, children, Joshua (Kathleen) Bailey of Mission, KS; Christopher (Jennifer) Shobe of Kansas City, MO; Michael (Amanda) Escobedo of Little Rock, AK; his siblings, Deborah Fry of Sedalia, MO; LaDonna Emmerson, Lompoc, CA; Teretha Harris, Oklahoma City, OK; Joe Gay of Sedalia, MO; grandchildren, Quinten Shobe, Rebecca and Tyler Escobedo and Baby Bailey.
Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date.
The family suggests memorials in his name to The Camp Bromelsick Foundation and the American Cancer Society, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.
For more information or to post a condolence go to warrenmcelwain.com.
Thoughts and prayers to Karen, Josh and Schuyler’s family. To a friend and leader who always had time to talk. Thanks to Schuyler in helping me throughout my career. He motivated me to be my best.
Karen – my heart goes out to you and yours. Schuyler was most definitely a happy and welcome member or our AAU group and he will be sorely missed. There are no words…my deepest sympathies.
Dear Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. I do remember Schuyler as a very happy guy who added so much to our lovely dinners during AAU conferences. My husband and I send our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family during this sad time.
In mid-1993, a KU Libraries colleague and friend, Greg Barker, died of AIDS. As a small group of co-workers announced, and began planning, a memorial service for Greg, I became the group’s de facto liaison with the campus police when we learned that Fred Phelps and his “church” planned to picket our gathering. My contact for that was Officer Schuyler Bailey.
We again worked together a little under three years later when campus prepared for “possible problems” with my 1996 AIDS-awareness poster exhibition at the Kansas Union Gallery (there were no problems).
In the years since, Schuyler and I recognized each other and would chat briefly when we were in the same place at the same time.
I got word from a mutual friend yesterday that Officer Bailey (he retired the same year I did but I just can’t use “Mister” because I still picture him in his uniform) had died.
As I have to say too often now that I’m 67 …
He was a good man.
To the Bailey family: I am very sad to learn of this. I hope you can find peace and solace at this time. Know that he will be missed greatly by myself and many, many others. He inspired many people throughout his life.
Karen & family, my heart goes out to you. I was so saddened to hear of your lose. From the moment I met Schuyler, I knew he was such a good man. He was always friendly and welcoming to everyone, that you could do nothing but like and respect him. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers, during this difficult time. He will always be in your hearts.
My condolences to Karen, Josh and the rest of your family. He was a great man and will be missed. We had a lot of laughs and stories while we worked together. He taught me a lot about life. I will miss my friend. Our prayers are with you all in this time.
Karen & family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Schuyler was such a friendly and kind man and a fixture at our AAU conferences. He will certainly be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
So sorry to hear of your loss! I know my husband enjoyed talking with Schuyler at the Bursar AAU Conference several years ago. He was so friendly and welcoming, despite border war history between our two institutions (and state for that matter). Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
I met Schulyer 30 years ago when I was a complex director at KU, and most recently worked with him as a scout leader. Schuyler had an infectious smile and warm and welcoming demeanor… he was always willing to lend a helping hand. Your family will be in our prayers. Rest in peace, my friend.
I met Schuyler about 15 years ago through the Douglas County PIO group, but I got to know him much better when he began with JLE security. My daughter Sophia Rose was in high school and would come by at the end of the day so I could drive her home. Schuyler learned Sophia was involved with debate and friendship grew. I will always cherish Schuyler’s kindness toward her – she was always so happy if they were able to speak for even a minute or two.
Sophia and I will miss you so very much my friend and we will hold your beautiful family up in prayer.
Many years ago, we met Schuyler Bailey when he did a refresher course for our CPR certification. We were told that “Schuyler Bailey from KU” was coming to do the course. We were expecting a little, tiny female KU student to come walking through the door and boy were we shocked when Schulyer Bailey arrived. The first thing he asked me was “where’s your towel”? I was clueless and thought maybe I should have brought a big towel to put on the floor. Turns out, having a towel wrapped around his neck to catch his sweat, was Schulyer’s signature fashion accessory. We still laughed about that for many years and Schulyer always asked “where’s your towel”? He was such a great guy, very devoted to whatever he was involved in whether it was CERT training classes or something to do with his passion for Boy Scouts. Schulyer left his mark on all of us and we will always remember him in many ways. Rest in peace, good friend, and we will think of you fondly and never forget to bring our towel. If everyone was as good and kind as Schulyer, this world would be a better place.
Karen, Schuyler once said to me that we both married up. I told him that he didn’t have to go very far because the two of you complimented each other so well. It’s easy to see why Josh turned out a winner.
Prayers and strenght to you.
Keith from KUMed; colleague and friend
A good man with an infectious smile and a good heart. He truly never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed.
Karen you and your family our in our prayers. Thank you for sharing Schuyler with us at AAU meetings Laura and I enjoyed his smile and friendship and he will be missed. God bless
Karen, Josh, Kathleen, and Family. We love you. We love Schuyler. May God grant you peace and comfort. In Jesus Name Amen.
My heart goes out to you and your family. I remember Schuyler having a beautiful smile that he liked to show. A wonderful man.
May God bless you with comfort, and strength during this time.
Hugs to you.
Sue Reynolds (Sanders)
I am so sorry to hear of this! I have not seen Schuyler since we graduated from S.C. in ’78. He always had a smile to lift anyones spirit. May God comfort you all during your time of loss. Hugs!
Karen & Family
I’m so sorry for your loss and the loss of good friend we went to school together in Sedalia and grew up together I havent seen him in years but he will be sadly missed R.I.P. my good friend
Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Dear Karen and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. May God keep you and give you strength and peace.
With deepest sympathy
Karen and family: what a guy! I was privileged to know Schuyler as a fellow law enforcement officer, CERT team instructor and as a CPR instructor for Red Cross where he worked closely with our daughter Kristy, Red Cross employee . Always a smile, a toothpick and a towel-Schuyler loved life, his family, cruises and life. He touched many lives in a positive way, always. I hope these memories get you through this most difficult time. He was a treasure.
Karen and family, my heart breaks for you hearing this difficult news. Life is such a precious gift, and Schuyler was way too young to be taken. I have found that remembering the fun times helped to get me through the difficult times, and I hope that doing so will ease your pain as well. Take care, and please know that many prayers are being sent from my family to yours.
Dear Karen, Josh and Kathleen and Family,
We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. We hope you will find comfort and peace.
Our deepest sympathy,
The Boat Family
Schuyler’s brothers and sisters at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 send their condolences to Karen and the family. Many of us have fond memories of working with Schuyler over the years and we will miss him greatly. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
I knew Schuyler through freshman orientation and Boy Scouts. He always had a smile on his face. It was a pleasure to work with him and a gift to know him. He brought joy to everyone he encountered!!
I am so sorry for your loss of a true gentleman. I’ve known Schuyler for my entire career, first at DCAS then LDCFM and working the football and basketball games. I will always remember the conversations we had and the gentleness of his nature. I will miss him and my thoughts to his family. As Kari said earlier, the toothpick and towel were his trademarks. Rest easy Brother.
I worked with Schuyler Bailey when we were completing our application to be a host site for a Presidential Debate in 2004. He was consistently courteous, friendly, humorous and professional. Schuyler always thought of a detail that the rest of us would have overlooked. I will remember him with great admiration and respect. I send my condolences to his dear family.
Former President, Lawrence Sesquicentennial Commission
Schuyler and Karen came to Lawrence for their new beginning with new jobs and an energetic outlook for their futures. They fit in beautifully at KU and were welcome additions to our lives. I have known them since that beginning…we worked together, our kids played together and we all moved forward together. Times change, people change, life goes on. Schuyler refined himself into a leader and a mentor but he remained the same person I had always known. He loved life and people, his family and his profession. You will never find a person that can say an unkind word about him. That is a major accomplishment like so many others in his life. He will be remembered as a sweet soul that gave willingly and his passing creates a huge void in our community. Rest with God now, brother. Job well done.
RIP Schuyler. Enjoyed working with you while we were both at KU Public Safety. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you Karen, Joshua and the rest of the Bailey family and friends.
Schuyler was an excellent example of professionalism and genuine warmth for all of us who knew him. I had the good fortune to know and work with him for more than 20 years while at the Lied Center, Spencer Museum and KU Continuing Education. Schuyler and Karen and I saw each other many times at Hy-Vee while shopping and it was always a cordial exchange. My thoughts and prayers are with Schuyler, Karen and family.
Karen, Josh, and family
I was so sorry to hear about Schuyler. I was lucky enough to know him as my patient and friend. What a gentle soul and true gentleman. The day is a little less bright hearing of his passing.
Karen, Josh & family, I was shocked and saddened to learn of Schuyler’s passing. May your sweet memories of him sustain you during this difficult time.
Many fond memories of visits and discussions with this special gentleman, officer, parent and friend. Josh, I recall enjoyable visits with your dad about all his activities re: Boy Scouts and others, when you were at SW. Know many who knew him through KU and always appreciated his service and caring. Our deepest sympathies to all in his family. Phyllis Lewin
Sorry for your loss. Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Karen, I was so sad to learn of Schuyler’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. I will miss seeing Schuyler on the bus to the men’s basketball games, for sure. I didn’t know him well, but I know he was a kind and gentle man, and almost always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. Bev Mater
I cannot think of Schuyler Bailey without remembering the many laughs he, Mike Riner and I shared in the Detectives office at KU. Humor was our tool to shake off the stress of all those things we tried to, but seldom could, control.
And coffee. There was ALWAYS coffee.
I first met Schuyler when I worked at KU’s EECS Department and needed to report a theft. In comes Officer Bailey! We ended up chatting and waved at each other or said hello for the next 2 decades. He was a man of great enthusiasm, immense cheer, and incredible spirit for people in his community. We are poorer for his loss.
Sending prayers to the Bailey family. I have known Schuyler for almost 35 years and he was always a good man. Great officer to the community. Always had a smile on in his face. He will be drinking a nice neverending cold one in heaven. God speed old friend. Nothing but RESPECT for you. So sad and sorry to hear of your loss. Much luv to his family.
My condolences to the entire family. Schuler & I became friends when I worked at KU and we often gave each other a hard time over KU & KSU. Schuler was an amazing man, a great friend and I know he loved his family immensely. He will be missed.
Bobbi and Scott Bittner
So sorry for your loss Karen. He was a great guy and we are all going to miss him.
My sincere condolences for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Brother Bailey was a dedicated and supportive member of the local Fraternal Order of Police Lawrence Lodge #2. However he also worked tirelessly to help host at least 3 Annual State Conferences in Lawrence. People liked Schuyler because he was always positive, even when the answer was no. On behalf of the 3,800 members of the Kansas State Lodge of the FOP, our prayers go out to his personal family as well to his Blue Family. RIP Brother Bailey, we will carry on with you in our hearts
My sincere condolences on the passing of Schuyler. Did not get to see him often after I left KUPD in 1992 but ran into him more in recent years during occasional stops at the LEC for work. We would catch up on the latest happenings and always say we were going to get together for lunch someday. I regret we did not get to make that happen but still smile at some of the funny memories thinking about him brings up.
Hugs for you and your family.
Karen and Josh – you are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve for Schuyler. He was blessed to have so many wonderful people in his life and in turn, to leave such a lasting legacy in his community. May you be blessed with wonderful memories and the knowledge that his life left such an wonderful impact on so many.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Schuyler at our AAU conferences and it just doesn’t seem right that he’s gone. You are in my prayers.
Karen, I’m so sorry. Schuyler and I hadn’t worked together for nearly 30 years, but I will always remember his smile, his joy, his integrity. His was a bright light that the world will miss.
May these days land gently for you.
Karen, my thoughts are with you and the family. I have a lot of memories working with Schutler. He will be missed by all.
Dear Karen, Josh and Kathleen and Family,
Schuyler was a wonderful fellow during our shared years in scouts with Josh and Ian and always had a smile and a handshake when I would see him on campus.
My condolences at this very difficult time.
Schuyler was a very kind man and an awesome CERT instructor. He will be missed in the CERT classes as well as the KU and Lawrence community. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Dear Karen and Josh,
No words can express our sadness when we heard about your loss. We have fond memories of Schuyler as a church member, a dad, and a CPR trainer. He did it all and with a huge smile. His last official duty was helping me acquire my recertification to teach. He arranged my first and only official set of fingerprints. He made that day very memorable. We can only wish your days be filled with fond memories. Blessings to you and your family.
Rhona and Peter Tait. Fraserburgh,Scotland
Words can’t express the sorrow we feel on this kind gentle souls passing. He’s been taken to soon. To Karen and family we send our love your in our thoughts and prayers. I know it’s early but your welcome to come visit here any time. Take care.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Captain Bailey will be missed by many. I’m just honored that I meet him. My mother worked in Carruth O’Leary, when they were station above her department. He was always a very positive person and looking out for your best interest. Captain Bailey authorized me to ride along with an officer, to see if I really wanted to become an officer. That was an experience, I will never forget. Your family and Brothers/Sisters in Blue are in my thoughts and prayers. Fly High!!
Karen and Josh, I find it difficult to have a world without Schuyler.
He had such a smile that made a bad day turn into a much brighter one. The stories that he and Mike Riner could tell would leave laughing so hard, snorting would be a common occurrence. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. You were a lucky woman to have him as your person. Blessed Be.
I am forever grateful to have known Schuyler. He was such a kind and giving person and he will be missed by many. Karen and family, you are in my prayers.
Karen and Josh, I will always cherish my memories of Schuyler. He was my inspiration and mentor for becoming a law enforcement officer during my time at KU. He was a wonderful person and I will always remember his thoughtfulness, understanding, and his laughter. It was my privilege to spend some time with him. I will miss him immensely. God bless you both and your family.
Dear Karen and Josh,
We got to know Schuyler through all of the LHS cross country meets, when our son Matt ran with Josh. You could not have found a nicer or friendlier person then Schuyler. I would then see him occasionaly on KU’s campus, and he would always say hello. What a wonderful person he was. We are thinking of you. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Marcia and Steve Riley
Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him through our AAU adventures. You two always were the happy fun couple. And we so appreciated Schuyler being our photographer. God bless and keep you all.
Shirley Walker, Buffalo, NY
Dear Bailey family, Captain Bailey was very helpful to me in my role at KU and we served on a couple of committees together. You have my deepest condolences. He was one of the good guys!
I went to school with Schuyler in Sedalia, have not seen him since him since high school. My deepest sympathy with his family you will be missed R.I.P
Dear Karen, Josh and family,
So sorry to see this. I just saw him at the pool a couple of months ago and asked about Josh. Was hoping to see him in the future. Josh graduated with my son, Franklin, and they were friends. Always enjoyed volunteering with you two while band parents at FSHS.
So saddened to hear of Schuyler’s passing. I worked closely with him on student events when I was the SUA Director for 12 years. He loved the students and was always a professional in a caring way. Seeing his photo brought a smile to my face in remembering him! What a loss. Prayers for him and family.
Karen, Josh and Family – I have been at a loss of words for the last few days, after hearing the devastating news. Schuyler was on of my most treasured colleagues from when I was the Health and Safety Director for the Douglas County Red Cross! It was always a treat when Schuyler would come by the office, even if for a “quick minute,” it was always longer with conversations and laughter. He was so giving of his KU PD Team, the Scouts, and his church, always wanting to prepare folks for emergencies. I could always count on him to step up to teach a last minute class, or provide insight. He taught CPR and First Aid with me, and my mother, Kari, 12 years ago for the Sheriff’s Office, where I met my husband. He had such a gift. Years later, when visiting my husband Kelvin, at the LEC, Schuyler was there to greet me, with a big toothpick smile and a hug. He was a dear treasured friend, that I (and Kelvin) will miss dearly. The world is a bit more dim without his light, and I am certain, if more people were like Schuyler, our world would be a much kinder place. Rest in Peace, Schuyler!
My heart goes out to you and your family. I can’t imagine you without Schuyler. You two were always smiling together at the AAU conferences. Schuyler was such a smiley welcoming great all around guy. The picture above with his big smile says it all. We will miss him at future AAU conferences. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May Schuyler rest in peace.
Schuyler worked for many years supporting our son’s scout troop. He was great working with these young guys. I thoroughly enjoyed the times we shared on canoe trips camp-outs and other scouting events. His positive energy and upbeat personality will be missed.
I as a KU Employee
casually knew Mr. Bailey. But I never forgot his smile and how friendly he was! RIP
You may not remember me, but I knew you and Schuyler as students at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. I was Secretary to President Davis. I don’t think I have seen you since but I do remember the good times at SFCC. Seeing the wonderful thoughts expressed in sympathy tell me that Schuyler never changed, but rather kept the pace toward his career and his genuine care for people. Sincere sympathy to you and your family.
Betty Blackwell, Sedalia, MO
I met Schuyler 30 years ago when I started at KU. He and Mike Riner would come over to CAPS and teach us safety procedures. Schuyler took pride in his job and made sure you felt safe and let you know that he was paid to get in harms way. I ran into you both not too long ago at LMH and he had that great smile on his face and always made you feel good. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless.
God’s Richest blessings – His presence, His strength and His peace.
And our deepest sympathy.
Matthew, Sandy and I were all sorry to hear of Schuyler’s passing. Everyone who knew or met him will remember his smile. Through Scouting, Schuyler had a great positive impact on the future of many young men. What a great legacy for anyone. A few more nights around the campfire would have been nice. Rest easy Schuyler.
We send our condolences to the entire family. Although we haven’t seen him in a long time he is remembered and always will be.
Mr.&Mrs. Donald VanBuren
Karen, I was so saddened for you when I heard of your husband’s passing. May God grant you strength to get through these days.
Karen & Family: My thoughts are with you in this loss. Schuyler was truly a good man who left his mark in his family and career.
Rest in Peace, Schuyler. You invited me to join you for coffee and I asked you to call me when you had a time and place in mind. I’m sorry we never got together. Having coffee with friends is so valuable.
To the Bailey family:
Schuyler was an outstanding individual and a model police officer. During my tenure in Student Affairs at KU, Schuyler was always there to help us with campus activities and with every kind of campus problems. He had the great ability to calm the waters in his kind and low-key approach to talking with students. All of us in Student Affairs valued are relationship with Schuyler. He was the best and will be missed by the KU and Lawrence citizens.
To Karen and family,
My condolences to you and your family. I was heartbroken when I heard this. Schulyer could always leave you with a smile on your face. He was just a good guy. One of the funniest people I knew and when you get Mike Riner and Larry Fish together at the same time you knew there was going to be laughter. I’ll surely miss him and his kindness.
Karen and family,
My dearest sympathies to your wonderful family. I knew Schuyler for over 28-years and he was such a good man. His infectious smile always brightened everyone’s day and it is something I will always remember about him. May God wrap his arms around your family during these difficult times. Until we meet again my friend…
Dear Karen, Josh and family, I have had Schuyler on my mind almost every day after his passing. He was spunky, funny and the best problem solver. I loved working with him with the Boy Scouts. Never a day went by that he did not get the attention of some boys and give them sound advice or helped them get off their pity-party when they missed Mom and Dad from home. I enjoyed the equipment he would bring to our 10 days at Bartle. The one thing that solved the dirty boy issue was to have laundry sessions with the younger scouts and show them how to use an old fashioned washing board and ringer. It made washing clothes FUN! I will miss not seeing him around the corner in Lawrence and my heart goes out to you. Prayers for your continued happy thoughts of your loved one. Rest in peace Schuyler.
I am so sorry for your loss. Schuyler was a great man with a big heart. I spent a lot of work time with him during Freshman Orientation, Hawk Week and other presentations. He had such a calming presence for parents and students with a sense of humor that still makes me smile. Schuyler touched many lives. Well done, faithful servant. Rest In Peace, my friend.
I just learned of Schyuler’s passing and it’s been a long time since we had an communication. We met in junior high and off and on through high school and a short while at the community college. I’ve already missed him for decades, now I’ll miss him even more. A very good man indeed. Hopefully we’ll meet up again. Rest In Peace!