Salem – Ron, 79,
passed away on Sunday at Salem Hospital due to complications
of lymphoma and leukemia. He was born on March 24, 1937 at
Salem Hospital to George Melvin and Ida Susan Bales. Ron
graduated from Salem High School, served in the US Army, and
worked for the Oregon Tax Commission/Department of Revenue
until he retired.
On September 23,
1967, he married Alfreda Elaine Walter at Scio Baptist Church
in Scio. They have two sons, Dwight and Duane. Ron’s hobbies
included astronomy, making model airplanes, reading, listening
to Big Band music and Old Time radio shows, attending
Volcanoes baseball games, and spending time with his family.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Ron is survived by
his wife of 49 years: Alfreda of Salem; sons: Dwight (Lissa)
and Duane both of Aumsville; granddaughters: Hannah, Lydia and
Sarah, who were very special to him; sister: Cheryl (Art)
Tipon of Riverdale, GA; and brother: Robert Bales of Portland.
The family would
like to thank Dr. Strother and his staff at Salem Oncology,
the nursing staff in the oncology unit at Salem Hospital, and
Serenity Hospice, for all their assistance and care in
battling his cancer.
Viewing will be
Friday, November 18 from 9 am – 12 pm at North Santiam
Funeral Service Stayton. A private family graveside will be
held at Providence Memorial Cemetery in Scio. A reception will
be held Friday, November 18 at 3 pm at Bethel Baptist Church
in Aumsville. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.