David H. Bales, 69

David H. Bales, 69, died of leukemia on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at his home in West Bend, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 15, 1942, in West Bend to the late Alex and Marie (nee Pastors) Bales. He married Linda J. Roloff, at St. Mary’s Church in Richfield on June 4, 1966.

He graduated from West Bend High School in 1960 and then entered the United States Air Force in 1962, serving four years. David worked as a lineman for WE Energies (formerly Wisconsin Electric Power Company) for more than 30 years, retiring in 2002.

His many interests included hunting, fishing and exploring the outdoors, having particular interest in the western United States. He enjoyed visiting U.S. Air Force bases around the country, including Luke AFB near Phoenix and Peterson AFB and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He loved caring for and working with his Belgian draft horses, Prince and Pete. You could often find David at a local farm auction or visiting his friends in Amish country. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his six young grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; three children, Michael (Wendy) of West Bend, Michele (Bryan) White of Chandler, Ariz., and Sara Esser of DeForest; six grandchildren: Ellie, Natalie, Kate, Abbey, Jack and Zachary. He is further survived by his siblings: Nancy Bales of Cleveland, Richard (Marilyn) of West Bend, Bonnie (Tom) Conway of West Bend, and John (Mary Beth) of West Bend and one sister-in-law, Susan (John) Donton-Roe of San Ramon, Calif.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Norbert and Ethel (nee Davis) Roloff, and his beloved black lab mix, “Freeze.”

A Mass of Christian Burial for David will be held on Friday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with the Rev. Gerald Brittain presiding. Please meet at church for Mass. Burial will be at Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 21, from 4-7 p.m. at Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are appreciated.

The family would like to express their tremendous gratitude to all of David’s caregivers on 4NT at Froedert Hospital in Wauwatosa, including Drs. Atallah and Hari, his nurse practitioner, Kristine, Siri, Amber, Rena and Steven. Your compassion and outstanding standard of care in the last four months of his life will not be forgotten. He grew so fond of you all during his stay at Froedtert. We hope you will keep of bit of his humor and unique nature with you in your hearts as he surely has taken a bit of all of you with him. We would also like to thank the wonderful staff at the Lombardi Cancer Center in Slinger.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at