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Richard M Bales

October 12, 1921 ~ April 27, 2018 (age 96)

Richard Maurice Bales, 96, of Lynn, IN passed away Thursday evening, April 27, 2018 at Reid Health and Hospital of Richmond, IN. He was born October 12, 1921 the son of Royce and Josephine (Gordon) Bales. He was a 1939 graduate of Lynn High School. He honorably served in the US Army during WWII.

Richard retired in 1989 after 42 years with Wayne Works of Richmond, IN. He was a member Spartanburg Christian Church, Wayne Works Union and had been Director of Retirees of Wayne Works.

He leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Karen Roberts of Perrysburg, OH; a brother, Paul Bales of Winchester, IN; three granddaughters, Tamara Smith (husband, Brett), Kimberly Dempsey (husband, Scott) and Amber Davis (husband, Tyrone); six great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a loving wife, Betty; a son, Kenneth; twin infants, Patricia and Larry; and a sister, Helen Ohler.

A service to celebrate Richard’s life will be 10 am Friday, May 4, 2018 at Spartanburg Christian Church of Spartanburg, IN. Cremation will follow. Burial will follow at a later date in New Liberty Cemetery of Lynn, IN. Family and friends may gather to share and remember from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3rd at Wilson Shook Funeral Home, Thomas Memorial Chapel of Lynn, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Spartanburg Christian Church. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home and church. Online condolences may be expressed at

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