Bales, Robert Leo
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Mar. 12, 1929 - Sep. 23, 2013
Robert "Bob" Bales passed away peacefully in his Sarasota home on Sept. 23, 2013, reunited at last, in heaven, with his wife of 57 years, Joane (Wilhelm) Bales. Bob was born March 12, 1929 in Argo, Il. He proudly served in the Army 2nd Infantry Division. Bob relocated to Florida from La Grange, Illinois, after retirement from Akzo Chemicals. He spent his days traveling, enjoying golf, being an avid White Sox and Bears fan, collecting coins, playing racquetball, and winning (mostly breaking even) at poker. This self-proclaimed "Grumpy Old Fart" was loved and cherished by many, including his four children and their spouses: Laura (Robert), Cindy, Russ (Adrienne), Robert (Catherine). Bob also leaves behind eight beloved grandchildren: Michael, Alicia, Ryan, Angie, Kyle, Kevin, Stephanie, and Katharina, as well as four great-grandchildren and a multitude of other family and friends. No services are planned at this time. Instead, Bob wished to have a small celebration of life with immediate family and friends.
Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2013