Kurt Bales
1962 - 2021
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Kurt Bales 1962—2021
Ridott- Kurt A Bales DVM, 58, surrounded by his loving family, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 13, after a hard-fought battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. He was Born July 4, 1962 in Anderson, Indiana to Keith and Judith (Horner) Bales. He graduated from Union High School, Modoc, Indiana in 1980 and went on to study Veterinary medicine at Purdue University graduating in 1987. He married Vicki Blount January 4, 1986. Together they raised 4 beautiful children. He was a member of Park Hills Church of Freeport, IL where he was on the worship team and led the men's small group. Upon graduation from Purdue, he worked at New Hope Veterinary Clinic, German Valley, IL for one year. He then moved to Topeka, Indiana to work at King Animal Care Clinic for 4 years. In 1992, he made IL his home and went on to work at New Hope Vet Clinic for his remaining 27 years.
He loved first his Savior Jesus Christ, his wife, and his children. He most cherished spending time with his children and helping with whatever project they were working on. He enjoyed traveling with Vicki, music, reading and working in his vegetable garden. He was a kindhearted, generous man who will be greatly missed by many. He is survived by his wife, his parents Keith and Judith Bales, Lynn, IN; his sons, Kalen (Amanda) Bales of Monroe, NC, Benjamin (April Sorg) Bales of Freeport, IL and Daniel (Jessica) Bales of Spencer, NC; his beloved daughter Bethany (Paul) Roloff, Janesville, WI, and a soon to be born granddaughter. He also leaves behind his brothers Randy (Sharon) Bales, Lewisville, IN, Brian (Ceann) Bales of Lynn, IN and one sister, Karen (Michael) Byrge of Anderson, IN as well as many nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Park Hills Church, 2525 W Stephenson Street, Freeport, IL. Visitation will be Sunday, January 17th from 2-4pm and Monday, January 18th from 9:30 until the beginning of the funeral at 10:30. Services are open to the public. In light of Covid-19, masks will be required, and social distancing observed. Pastor Larry Elliott will be officiating. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.walkermortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Kurt's name at Park Hills Church to be used in support of missionaries.

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Published in The Freeport Journal Standard from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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02:00 - 04:00 PM
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Visitation
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Funeral
10:30 AM
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February 4, 2021
Rest in peace Kurt.
Thank you for taking care of all our animals. My wife and I enjoyed your knowledge of always taking care of our animals. Rest in peace..
John and Linda Borucki
John J. Borucki
Acquaintance
January 29, 2021
Great respect for Kurt as a vet, husband and father. Sending prayers of peace for Vicki and their kids. ♥
Laura McKenzie
Friend
January 20, 2021
Prayers & Condolences to the entire family. Dr. Bales was a great person. I will miss working him.
Kim Hutcherson-Janssen
Friend
January 17, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. I have fond memories working with Kurt at New Hope. He loved animals, loved God & his family- he will be missed
Diane Ross
Neighbor
January 17, 2021
My thought and prayers go out to the bales family.
Lloyd Talbot
Friend
January 16, 2021
Dr. Bales was one of the kindest veterinarians I knew. I called on him for over 15 years and he always had a smile and a hello for me every time I came to visit. He always took the time to sit and chat with me. I will never forget his warm smile and kind heart. I will miss my visits with him. He truly was one of the best. May God Bless him and all the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace to know he is with the Lord
Denise Woolley
Friend
January 15, 2021
My brother and I would like to send condolences to Dr. Kurt's family and friends. We enjoyed having him treat our pets at New Hope clinic. He will truly be missed. Sending love, hugs, and prayers for each of you at this most difficult time.
Deborah Lutz
Acquaintance
January 15, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss, prayers of strength & comfort for the family.
Somer Elgin
Acquaintance
January 15, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family. Kurt was a very good vet and a very kind man. May GOD bless you and be with you during this difficult time.
Ruth Yeoman
January 15, 2021
I am so very sorry to hear of Dr. Kurt's passing. I only knew him as one of my vets but he always showed such wonderful compassion to my many animals. He was such a kind and caring man. There is a special place in Heaven for him. My deepest condolences to the family.
Deborah Konstant
Acquaintance
January 14, 2021
Vickie and Family, So sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you.
Sandra Retter
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