Harry C. Bales, 94, passed away peacefully at his Cabool, Missouri, home surrounded by his loving family on January 23, 2020.
He was born January 2, 1926, in Richmond, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Mae Bales; his brother, Jack Junior Bales; and a grandson, Darin K. Amos.
He leaves behind his wife of over 75 years, Janice Bales; daughters, Rose Cobb and Cecelia Driver; son, David Bales; grandchildren, Erin Early, Scott Whitesell, Mark Whitesell, Janet Bales and Paula Bales; and great-grandson, Russell Early.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944 and served in World War II as a gunner on a B24 aircraft. He re-enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving a 30-year career and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He also participated in the Masonic organizations, The Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge, and Scottish Rite, reaching 32nd degree.
He had been a resident of Cabool since 1974. He actively farmed and was a member of Free Will Baptist Church. He chaired the Republican party of his district.
A going home memorial service for Harry Bales was held Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 12:15 at Mt. Ararat Church, Cabool, with Rev. Sam Crosby, Rev. Gary Fry, and David Bales officiating. Song selections were “Amazing Grace” and “Onward Christian Soldiers” sung by Miranda Coen. The family requests memorial contributions to be made to Wounded Warrior Project. Cremation was under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.