Walter "Wayne" Bales, 81, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Warrensburg, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Emeritus at Kingsley Place Medical Center in San Antonio.Wayne was born May 6, 1930, in Claude, Texas, son of Elwood E. and Ida V. (Moyer) Bales. He was united in marriage to Shirley Louise McFarland on Sept. 11, 1953, in Kansas City.
They built a dairy farm in northwest Johnson County and, in his heart, he was always a farmer. He went into the real estate business in 1972. In the late 70s, he started Bales Realty.
The couple moved to San Antonio in 2009. Wayne was a member of the Church of the Brethren during childhood. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church from 1961 to 1969. Wayne was a charter member of Grover Park Baptist Church from 1969 to 1994, where he was ordained as a deacon. More recently, he was a charter member of Northern Hills Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Brenda Witter and husband, Mike, of Frankfort, Ill., and Linda Bales of Warrensburg; a son, Randy Bales and wife, Peggy, of San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren, Kimberly Witter of Kankakee, Ill., Christopher Witter of Frankfort, Ill., Johnathan Bales, Rachel Bales and Michael Bales, all of San Antonio, Texas; and a brother, Perry Bales and wife, Edwina, of Arlington, Texas.
He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Wayne Bales; both parents; two sisters, Irene Keelin and Virginia Kidwell; and three brothers, Elwood E. Bales Jr., George Bales and Ken Bales.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg, with the Rev. Randy Bales officiating.
Interment will follow in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kimberly Witter, Christopher Witter, Mike Witter, Johnathan Bales, Rachel Bales and Michael Bales.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to University Baptist Church Building Fund in San Antonio, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net. The class of 73 offers its condolences and prayers to Linda, Brenda, Randy, Shirley, family and friends.