Tommie Lee Bales

January 15, 1934 - April 28, 2021
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Tommie L. Bales, age 87 of Waynesfield, passed at 2:25 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Wapakoneta Manor. He was born on January 15, 1934 to the late Marcus and Cleo Ebling Bales. On August 21, 1960 he married Dalene Anspaugh, who survives.

Mr. Bales was a retired school teacher with the Lima City Schools and had spent two years with the Columbus City Schools. He was an U.S. Army Veteran. Both he and his wife were 4-H advisors working with the children and handling dogs and rabbits. They also spent many years volunteering at Lima Memorial Hospital. He had a love for the outdoors, camping all of his life, and he enjoyed working outside with his flower and vegetable garden.

He is survived by 4 sons – Jeffery Bales of Waynesfield; Craig (Anna) Bales of Wapakoneta; Bruce (Cindy) Bales of Baltimore, Ohio; Rob (Kim) Bales of Millers Port, Ohio; a daughter – Kristen (Gene) Brooks of Lewis Center, Ohio; 4 grandsons, a granddaughter; 1 great grandson; a grandpup – Fred; and a sister – Shirley (Sam) Hager of Lima.

He was preceded in death by 3 brothers – Jimmie Bales, Jack Bales, Gene Bales; and a sister – Dorothy June Edwards.

Funeral services will begin 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Pastor Nathan Branim will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery, near Uniopolis. Military rites will be observed by the V.F.W. Post

The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research.

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Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Born: January 15, 1934
Died: April 28, 2021

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Bill Moore posted on 5/4/21

Dalene and Bales kids; Been many years but I remember all of you, and Tom, so well when you lived on Burch in Lima. Pat and I had visited a few times since you moved to Graham Rd. I remember some of our kids were good friends of some of yours. However, many years have passed now. Just to say that Tom was a good guy, who I remember as a kid growing up in the North end of town. Good memories there. My blessings to you Dalene. My prayer is that God helps you to fill the great emptyness that you feel with Tom's passing. God love all of you. Bill Moore


Linda S. Smith, Social Worker posted on 5/2/21

In memory of a veteran who proudly served his country.


Linda S. Smith, Social Worker posted on 5/2/21

With sympathy and prayers for Tommie's family. Putnam County Hospice


Richard & Ada Cummins posted on 5/2/21

Dalene & Family So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Richard & Ada Cummins


Dan And Laura Fry posted on 4/30/21

Rob And Family We Are So Sorry For Your Loss. Prayers For All Of You.


Sherry (Brigode) Long posted on 4/29/21

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. As I told Dalene, I think of him with his ‘snickers’ laugh. He was so much fun!


Vicki Posey posted on 4/29/21

My deepest condolences to Rob and his family. Vicki Posey


Kevin & Jackie Edwards posted on 4/29/21

Sorry for your loss. It was nice that we had the tine to chat at the last family get together. Rest in peace Uncle Tommie. We will not be able to attend services Kevin has surgery scheduled that day. Our thoughts and prayers for the family/