5.30.14 Issue

Eddie H. Bailen passed away May 12 in his home surrounded by family after a long, courageous battle with Mesothelioma. Services were held May 14 at Golden Hills Cemetry.

He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Bailen; eldest daughter, Stacy Bailen and oldest brother, Harold Bailen.

He is survived by his wife, Rena Bailen; children: Mark, Doug, Beth, Heather and Michael; grancchildren; Micaela, Mason, Paige and Leaf; sister-in-law and daughters-in-law, Kari, Alison and Monet; mother, Millie Altman; sister, Sandy Bailen-Scott; brother, Lew Bailen; and many nieces, nephews.

Eddie was the second oldest child of Millie and Sam Bailen. A veteran of the Korean War, he married Rena Ash of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on June 20, 1965; together they moved to Omaha. Eddie was a very successful electrical and computer engineer who owned several businesses such as Automated Electrical Controls and Electrical Engineering Equipment Service Company. Due to this background, he was approached by friend and Holocaust survivor, Sam Fried, to help create a Holocaust memorial. Together, they created a light which flickers 6 million times a year to commemorate each soul lost. The lights continue to flicker in all four Omaha synagogues to this day.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or an organization of your choice.