KENNETH LAVERNE BALES Kenneth Laverne Bales, age 85, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on August 14, 2020 in Pahrump. He was born July 9, 1935 in Kirkville, Iowa. He was an aircraft mechanic and a staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force and was a Korean War veteran. He retired as a shift foreman from Stauffer Chemical in Henderson, Nev. after 35 years of service. He was in ARES amateur radio for 25 years and participated in the Baker -to -Vegas Race and manned a check station for 18 consecutive years. He still holds the mile record in track set in 1953 at Sigourney High School. He is preceded in death by his parents, Virgil Levi Bales and Mignon Vera Bales of Sigourney, Iowa; sons, Andrew J. Bales and Darrell Ray Bales; granddaughter, Robin Graydon of Utah; nephew, Scott Kephart of Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Lila of 61 years; daughters, Rhonda Bales Graydon, Zel Bales, and Sharon Capel all of Pahrump; sisters, Yvonne Yoder and LaRue Kephart of Iowa; sister-in-law, Darlene Nix of Henderson Nev.; brother-in-law, Don Farnsworth (Linda) of Las Vegas; grandaughter, Lynn Henderson of Texas; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Due to COVID-19, a private Memorial will be held at a later date.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Aug. 19, 2020.