Marion E. Bales, 77, of Linton, passed away at 4:27 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 at Greene County General Hospital in Linton.
Born April 1, 1926 in Greene County, he was the son of Charles Raymond and Edith (Bledsoe) Bales.
He and his wife, Ola Bales, owned and operated Daisy Cigar Store in Linton for several years. He retired from Citizens Gas in 1996 after working as a land man and in earlier years he worked as a salesman. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church; American Legion Post 22 for over 50 years where he was a past post commander; VFW Post 7118; F&AM Lodge 560 for over 50 years; and BPO Elks 866, all of Linton. He served as the Freedom Festival parade chairman and announced the parade for several years. He was a 1944 graduate of Midland High School. He was a sergeant in the Army Air Corp, serving in the Philippines during World War II.
Survivors include, his wife, Phyllis (Dean) Bales of Linton; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Lonnie Walker of Greenwood; two step-sons and step-daughters-in-law, Scott and Vicki Dudley of Linton and John and Brenda Dean of Linton; two step daughters and step sons-in-law, Krista and Andy Carpenter of Williamsburg, Va., and Charmianne and Chris Tryba of Bloomington; twin sister, Mary Colbert of Linton; and step grandchildren, Tommie and Zack Dudley, David Sizemore, and Kristin James.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ola (Reed) Bales; second wife, Betty (Priest) Dudley Bales; brother; Homer Bales; and his parents.
Funeral service will be at Welch & Cornett Linton Chapel at 11 a.m. on Friday with the Rev. LaMont Bonath officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. The Linton American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside rites.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, and after 9 a.m. on Friday prior to the service.
Masonic service will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.