Robert Dale (Bob) Bales passed away Dec. 14, 2020 at the age of 82.
He was born Dec. 4, 1938 in Floris to Delphin and Marita Bales. He graduated Bloomfield High School in 1956. At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Navy. He served four years active duty and two years in the reserves. He served on the USS Kearsarge and the USS Proctor. His last base was at the US Naval Amphibious Base on Coronado Island, Calif.
He married Shirley (Sherrie) Donofrio Edger in December 1981 and between them raised six children. They resided in Newbury Park, Calif. while raising his family. He was always active with his sons and grandchildren in little league.
He retired from General Telephone (GTE) after 30 yrs. as a field engineer and moved to Las Vegas, Nev. He worked at different golf courses and became an avid golfer. He and Sherrie played on many course across the United States and Hawaii.
He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Sherrie Bales; parents Delphin and Marita Bales; brothers Dean Bales of Ottumwa and Larry Bales of Las Vegas; granddaughter Brandi Anderson, and many loved ones.
He is survived by his children: Robert C. (Corin) Bales, Chris S. Bales, Kim (Ray) Petricka, Brian (Gretchin) Edgar, Steven (Nina) Edgar and Lisa (Bill) Vines; grandchildren, Samantha (Nick) Cummings, Raymond Petricka, Ariell Petricka, Keanu Edgar, Cori (Christopher) Garfias, Steven Edgar Jr., Christina Galajan, Jason Gschwender, Jeff (Brandi) Vines; great-grandchildren, Bryson Gschwender, Paxon and Tycen Vines; two brothers, Bill (Shirley) Bales of Richland, Carl (Nancy) Bales of Pulaski; sister Martha Clark of Bloomfield and families of Dean Bales and Larry Bales and several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends as well as lifelong friends.
Robert was richly blessed by his loving family and friends. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and by all who knew him and his love and kindness to everyone he knew.
As per his wishes, his body has been cremated and will later be buried on the island of Kauai.
A joint memorial service will be held in Bloomfield later this summer for him and his brother Larry.
The family asks that donations be made to charities in support of our veterans or to plant a tree in his memory at alivingtribute.org.