He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Leona L. Dailey; great-grandson, William Andrew Dailey; and brother, Robert Dailey. Surviving are: his sister, Eva Jane (Carl) Osterberg; three nephews; one grandniece; and five grandnephews.
He is survived by his children, William (Joan) Dailey of Lansing; Mary Beth (Lynn) Chidester of Houghton Lake; grandchildren, Kevin S. (Wanda) Dailey of Colorado Springs, Vicki (David) Thomas of Sault Ste. Marie, Lori (Neil) Byce of Gainesville, FL, Andrew (Dayna) Chidester of Beecher, IL, Randi (Jeff) Thompson of Rockford, MI, Fred (Carol) Chidester of Houghton Lake, and Lynette (Joe) Norris of Mancelona; great-grandchildren, Taylor Dailey, Megan Dailey, Kaitlyn Thomas, Mackenzie Thomas, Neil (Stephanie) Byce IV, Jennifer Byce, Karoline Chidester, Chandyn Thompson, and Genevieve Thompson,;and three great-great-grandchildren.
He retired from the Lansing Police Department as a detective, and moved near Grayling to Frederic, Michigan, and built a home on the Manistee River. He was a lifelong sportsman and fisherman. He served his community as a member of the Frederic township tax review board until 2010, was active in Senior Citizens and visited seniors at Christmas for the Frederic Fire Department. He was a 1937 graduate of Eastern High School and attended Michigan State University. He enlisted in the Michigan National Guard in the 119th Field Artillery and is a veteran of WWII. Decorations and citations include five Bronze Service Stars for five campaigns – Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.
Ed promoted programs for developing training and providing benefits to police and firemen. One of these was passage of the Act establishing statewide standards for training and certification of police officers. He was appointed to four successive terms by Governors Romney and Milliken to the Law Enforcement Training Council to oversee provisions of the act. During his time in Lansing he also participated in programs to serve children and was a charter member of Father John’s Fund.
The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with The Rev. Penny Swartz officiating. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan.