Kenneth Bales

Kenneth Laverne Bales, 85, passed away Aug. 14, surrounded by loved ones in his home in Pahrump. He was born July 9, 1935 in Kirkville, Iowa. Kenneth was a Master Sergeant and aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War veteran. He retired as a shift foreman from Pioneer Chlor Alkali plant in Henderson after 35 years of service. Kenneth was in ARES amateur radio for 25 years and participated in the Baker-to-Vegas Race and manned a check station from for 18 consecutive years. He had been a member of Weight Watchers since 2006. He still holds the mile record in track 1953 at Sigourney High School. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil Levi Bales and Mignon Vera Bales of Sigourney; sons Andrew J. Bales and Darrell Ray Bales; and nephew, Scott Kephart, of Iowa. He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Lila; daughters, Rhonda Bales, Zel Bales, and Sharon Capel, all of Pahrump; sisters Yvonne Yoder and LaRue Kephart of Iowa; granddaughter, Lynn Henderson of Texas; two nieces; four nephews; sister-in-law, Darlene Nix of Henderson; and brother-in-law Don Farnsworth (Linda) of Las Vegas. Due to COVID-19, a private Memorial will be held at a later date.




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