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Bill Bales, 85, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 13, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Born August 14, 1924 in Henry County, he was the son of William H., Sr. and Prudence Cline Bales. Bill graduated from Mooreland High School in 1942. He competed on the school baseball and track teams and was a county champion. He moved to the Fountain City area in 1958, where he farmed and drove a bus for Northeastern Schools. He also ran the time clock at Northeastern basketball games for 37 years.
Bill was an avid horse-puller. He competed nationally in the Draft Horse Pulling Association and was the only puller to compete 20 straight years in the international competition in Detroit, Michigan.
Bill attended the Webster United Methodist Church.
Bill will be missed by his wife, Pat Bales, of Williamsburg; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Linda Bales, of Coledale, Colorado; daughter and son-in-law, Debby and Rick Ahaus, of Richmond; daughter, Krista Retter, of Fountain City; daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Steve Werking, of Hagerstown; 7 grandchildren, Jackie Reynolds, Jon Bales, Craig Jenkins, David Jenkins, Josh Bales, Chris Werking and Cole Retter; 6 great-grandchildren, Zach Bales, Nathan Bales, Hannah Reynolds, Dillon Jenkins, Ava Bales and Courtney Jenkins; sisters, Mary Lou Manifold, of Muncie, and Marilyn Fellers and her husband, Marland, of Mt. Summit, and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and 1 granddaughter, Breanna Bales.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Max Knight and Pastor Bill Remley at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 16 at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Webster Cemetery.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Webster United Methodist Church, 3195 Webster Road, Webster, Indiana 47392.
Bill was a very nice man. I remember him driving us to the away basketball games. You have our deepest sympathy.
Steve Williams Apr 30 2010 12:00 AM
Jack and Debby,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you on your loss. Your dad added so much to our school and community. Bill drove us to band practice and was one of several trusted and well-liked bus drivers at Fountain City.
Our best to you.
Joyce and Don Hutchison
Joyce and Don Hutchison Apr 16 2010 12:00 AM
I remember Mr. Bales fondly from my days at NHS. I know he will be missed. Prayers and thoughts go out to the family.
Mike Herron Apr 15 2010 12:00 AM
I am sorry for your loss. My best memory of Bill is the way he always had his hat pulled over to one side. Thanks for all of the safe trips.
paul Moore Apr 15 2010 12:00 AM
Deepest sympathies to Pat and the family. I grow up watching Billy pull horses and he always had a great team and was always willing to help his fellow teamsters. Billy will be missed by many!
Sarah Gerardot Apr 15 2010 12:00 AM
Hello Jack & Debbie,
I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I wish I was able to make it to visitation. I would have liked to see you both. God Bless, you are in our prayers.
Alan Degner Apr 15 2010 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bill was my bus driver from my first day to the last day I rode the bus. He was wonderful and caring person. I am so sorry for your loss.
Pam Elmore Pease Apr 15 2010 12:00 AM
Couldn't make it the calling sorry to hear about Bill. Hope everyone is alright.
Dave Baker Apr 15 2010 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. My thoughts are with you.
Roxanne Engle Apr 14 2010 12:00 AM
I was best friends with Jackie growing up and Bill was my bus driver all through elementary school. I have known their entire family for years and remember at Christmas Bill always greeting us with a HUGE candie cane as we left the bus. I always looked forward to it. He held a special place in my heart and so does this family. I am sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you.
Amy Nicholson Moore Apr 14 2010 12:00 AM