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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

  • Harriet Smith Posted January 19, 2019 12:26 am

    I always enjoyed visiting with Rickie when we ran into each other, we had great school memories. My prayers to his family. Rest in Peace.

  • Terry scott Posted January 19, 2019 12:51 am

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Rick. He was a good man, always so nice to everyone. He will be missed by many. Rip Rick Bales

  • Brenda Willcockson-Hook Posted January 19, 2019 9:11 am

    I worked for many years with Rick in Kingsville and got together often with Rick & Mary Lou and our children. My condolences to you for your loss. RIP Rickie Lee.

  • Marissa Mullen Posted January 19, 2019 9:46 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Tiffany S. Posted January 19, 2019 11:15 pm

    Won’t be the same… HERE WITHOUT YOU!
    Condolences to all the family

  • Christina pieczynski Posted January 20, 2019 12:47 am

    My father James Farrow known to many as JR has dementia now but he loves to tell stories about snake collecting with Ricky. My dad has soo many foo memories and even when we told him he understood and started telling us stories. Our thoughts are with the family

  • Pete Montgomery Posted January 23, 2019 5:26 pm

    Sorry to hear about Rick, I’m not going to be able to make it tonight, but you all are in my prayers. I always enjoyed talking to him, we used to truck back in the day, he was always a lot of fun to be around!!!

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