AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) Funeral arrangements for Master Trooper James R. Bailey have been released. Trooper Bailey died Friday after being struck by a vehicle on I-69 in DeKalb County.

Visitation will take place Friday, March 10 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the County Line Church of God located at 7716 N. County Line Rd. E, in Auburn.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Garrett High School, 801 E Houston St, Garrett. A procession will start around 1 p.m. and last for about two hours in Trooper Bailey’s honor, the City of Auburn said on Facebook.

Memorial donations may be made to DeKalb Humane Society or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

Indiana State Police shared an update with the procession route, leaving Garrett High School:

  • Second Street south to Warfield
  • Warfield west to S.R. 327 (Randolph Street) northbound
  • S.R. 327 (Randolph Street) northbound to S.R. 8
  • S.R. 8 east through Auburn to Cedar Street (Stop at Dekalb County Courthouse)
  • South on Cedar Street to Ensley Street
  • Ensley Street southwest to Wayne Street
  • Wayne Street southwest to C.R. 427
  • C.R. 427 to westbound C.R. 11A
  • C.R. 11A to C.R. 56 westbound
  • C.R. 56 to northbound S.R. 327
  • S.R. 327 to Dennis Street
  • Dennis Street westbound to Ijams Street
  • Ijams Street to Houston Street (Final 10-42 in front of St. Joseph Catholic Church 300 W. Houston Street in Garrett)
  • Houston Street westbound to Hamsher Street
  • Hamsher Street southbound to Calvary Cemetery
A map shows the funeral procession route for Master Trooper Bailey.

The procession will make a stop at his patrol car at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for his final off duty call.

Drivers are cautioned to avoid the area of the route Saturday due to heavy traffic. Those who would like to pay respects can line up along the procession route. Drivers are advised to park in proper areas and avoid blocking roadways and driveways.

Trooper Bailey was a graduate of Garrett High School and the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Schools issued the following statement following his passing:

On Friday we were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Master Trooper James Bailey, a beloved member of our community and a dedicated servant to those around him.

We remember James for his passion and unwavering commitment to helping others. He devoted his life to serving the community, and his selflessness and compassion touched the lives of many.

As we mourn the loss of such an exceptional individual, we also celebrate his life and legacy. We are proud to call him an alumnus of our school, and we know that his memory will continue to inspire us to strive for excellence, kindness, and service to others.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Amy, his two children, his loved ones, and his friends during this difficult time.

Tonya K. Weaver, Superintendent