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Rickie L. Bales

Rickie Lee Bales was born October 16, 1954 in Independence, Missouri and departed this life on January 14, 2019 at his home in Harrisonville, Missouri at the age of 64 years, 2 months and 29 days.

He was the son of Donald Lee and Dorothea A. (Mayabb) Bales.

Rickie spent most of his life in Holden, Missouri, graduating from Holden High School in 1972. Two years ago he moved to Harrisonville, Missouri to make his home.

Rickie worked as an over-the-road truck driver for many years, in recent years, following in the footsteps of his father, Rickie owned a woodworking shop where he created beautiful wooden bowls and other wood products.

Rickie loved the majesty of nature and anything to do with outdoors. He had a gift for bonding with animals of all kinds, especially owls. In his spare time he loved to fish.

Rickie was preceded in death by his father, Donald Lee Bales.

He is survived by two sons, Tyrel Bales and Talon Bales both of Odessa, Missouri; one daughter, Trisha Smith of Holden, Missouri; his mother, Dorothea (Mayabb) Stephens and husband Louis of Harrisonville, Missouri; one brother, Terry Don Bales and wife Judy of Springfield, Missouri; 4 grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

 Cremation has been accorded. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Inurnment will be at a later date.

15 Messages

  • Nancy Bond Posted January 17, 2019 8:53 pm


  • Jeff Posted January 17, 2019 9:28 pm

    Sorry for your family’s loss.

  • Kim Linthucum Posted January 17, 2019 9:29 pm

    …’re being gone is too surreal. You sure were a good man, best dearest and loved friends a person could ever be so lucky to have. How much love you still always carried for Mary lou was such a special true kind there just was no way to be measured, you could look and see it in his eyes. You Talon Tyrell and you Trisha were what he loved the most and rickie knew he had purpose because he felt being your dad was the greatest of things in life. His kind caring soul is one of a kind, so lucky to have held such a caring special friendship, can never forget you rick, love you always my friend

  • Danny Crews Posted January 18, 2019 1:55 am

    So sorry to learn of Rick’s passing. It seems like yesterday we were riding bikes around town. Where has our time on this old earth gone? Condolences to the family. RIP Rick

  • Richard Day Posted January 18, 2019 8:22 am

    I’m so sorry we grew up together in Holden he.was.a.good person he will be miss his family is my prayers.

  • Ann Williams Schulze Posted January 18, 2019 9:00 am

    I hope the happy memories you have of Rickie surround and comfort you at this difficult time.

    Ann Williams Schulze (Mary and Jimmie Williams from Holden daughter)

  • Ramona (Miller) Pieron Posted January 18, 2019 10:18 am

    My heart-felt condolences to the family. All of my memories of Rick seem to be around an animal! I know he spent much of his like enjoying all that nature could offer him. I hope he finds that same deep peace in the next garden.

  • Melynda Chaffin(Hite) Posted January 18, 2019 2:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He is with you always in your hearts

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