James W. "Bill" Dailey, 57, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at home.
He was born June 6, 1960 in Jamestown, Ohio, the son of James W. and Alice Faye (Cox) Dailey. Bill attended Greenview High School and at the early age of 16, he began his career in harness racing. Throughout his life, Bill's passion for standardbred horses led him to major success as an owner, trainer, and driver. Since the late 1970s, he sent over 8,000 horses to the track with at least 1,200 wins and purse earnings in excess of 12.3 million dollars. As a sulky driver, he sat behind approximately 20,000 horses, leading 2,301 into the winner's circle. He produced multiple Ohio Triple Crown winners and numerous Ohio and Indiana Sire Stake champions, all leading him to receive the Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Award over four times for "Ohio's Trainer of the Year." In his time away from the barn, he was an avid reader and enjoyed hunting grouse, pheasants and raccoons, as well as being a member of the United States Trotting Association and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Bill was a selfless man who was devoted to his wife and daughter and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. He impacted a multitude of lives both personally and professionally and though he will be deeply missed, his impact will never cease.
Bill is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kimberly (Dingledine) Dailey; his daughter, Ashley Dailey; his mother, Alice Cox; his brothers, Jack, Jeff, John, Jared and Jody Dailey; his sisters, Angi Dailey-Kelly and Angel Frank.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Willard Dailey.
A memorial gathering will be held from 5-8 PM on Monday, June 4, 2018 in the 4-H Activities Building at the Champaign County Fairgrounds where a prayer service will begin at 8 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Dailey Foundation at Perpetual Federal Savings Bank, 120 N. Main St., Urbana, OH 43078, founded in an effort to aid young and beginning standardbred drivers to purchase their first set of racing silks.
Services are entrusted to SKILLMAN, McDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Robert Curry (Bob) - Jun 4, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am sorry for your loss and I pray that God will give you strength comfort and wisdom during this time. I am sorry I couldn't make the service. I can remember going coon hunting after a night of racing with him Jack and Jeff those were some fun times. Hold on to those memories. God Bless you all
Terty Ison-Dabe - May 28, 2018
I am sending My love & thoughts and prayers to Kim & Ashley & his entire family. Although I have not seen my cousins in a very very long time, please know you are never far from my thoughts. Bill will be greatly missed by all. Rest in Heavenly peace Bill. I wish I could have known the man you became and the greatness you bestowed on your family & friends. Again my love thoughts and prayers are with you ALL.
Dave & Charlie Myrick - May 27, 2018
Kimberly & Ashley we send our prayer and thoughts to you on your loss. We were with Billy when he went out on his own and have watched him grow into one of the top trainer and persons in this business. His great since of humor and love for his family and friends will live on through you 2. Our deepest condolences. Dave & Charlie
Kevin brown - May 26, 2018
My prayers are with kim and ashley along with all family members. He was a great boss, friend, husband and father. I will miss you bubby! Love ya, hammerhead.
Ray and Sharon Cromer - May 26, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will comfort you with His peace and surround you in His love.
Tom and Sue Morgan - May 26, 2018
Kim,Ashley,and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Tom and Sue Morgan (Troy,OH)
Larry Nibert - May 25, 2018
So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed watching him drive and talk to him
Don and Kathie Pfister - May 25, 2018
Bill was a great guy. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you and a big hug to you all.
Rosemary Wainscott - May 24, 2018
Kim and Ashley how my heart aches for you. BIlL will be missed by all of us. My prayers are with you.
Rick Stirgwolt - May 22, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with Bill and his family. Shocked to hear of Bill's passing. I gave Bill his first horse to train when he started his stable, at the young age of around 18 or 19. He was a special trainer and driver, and he had a great eye for yearling and it was a special time of year at the yearling sales. I respected Bill as a trainer, but most as a very good person. I have been out of racing for a while but never forgot the success that we had with Bill. Horses that Bill Trained for us Yarn Spinner, Whata Speed, TangyB, Lt. Kiji and others. Thanks friend.
Jim and Judy Ferguson - May 22, 2018
Our thoughts are with you and Ashley,and may God keep you strong. Bill was such a happy go lucky guy and is gone way too soon. RIP Bill