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Dennis William Bales

November 24, 2020
Fennville, MI



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Wishbone Pet Rescue
165 Blue Star Hwy
Douglas, MI 49406
(269) 455-5247
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Life Story / Obituary


Dennis William Bales born to this Earth 02-17-1948 Entered Paradise 11-23-2020

Dennis William Bales was first born son to William and Marjorie Bales born in Lafayette Indiana on February 17th, 1948. He was brought home from Laporte hospital in Indiana to their family farm, located in the country where the nearest town is called ‘Toto” Indiana.

He attended school in the town of North Judson Indiana and graduated at the top of his calls in 1966. HE earned a scholarship to Purdue Indiana located in West Lafayette Indiana and earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish, English and Drama. He went on to earn his Masters of Arts at University of Indian in Speech, English, Foreign Language, and Teaching Higher Education. From there he joined the army reserve at went to bootcamp at fort Campbell in Kentucky. He served his tour of duty at fort Bragg in Wisconsin. Because he was so intelligent, he was promoted and made PLL clerk- which means Prescribed Load and Logistics Clerk. He was in charge of all the logistics and keeping track of everything that went in and out of that fort. Two months after he was promoted to that position, he received a letter from general accounting office that this position was being terminated. Because the letter did not say he had to inform his C.O. he did not, and, just kept doing that job for another two years until he again received a letter stating that the U.S. Army was creating a new position for a member of his unit. The new position was called a PLL clerk. That’s correct, Denny had done such a fine job that they reinstated him to the same position without ever leaving it. The U.S. Military Complex Moves in Mysterious Ways. Again, he was promoted to First Lieutenant and complete his tour, returned to Indiana where a teaching positioned had opened up and was waiting for at West Noble High School in LIGONIER Indiana for a High School Spanish Teacher.

He left teaching to take a corporate position as trainer for TWA, then Private Travel Agencies. He also taught English as a second language at the COMMUNITY COLLEGES of Chicago, such as Harold Washington College in the Loop, and others. He taught at the Evelyn Echols International Travel Academy. He returned to teaching High School and at Morgan Park High School in the early 2000’s on the South Side of Chicago and was truly loved and adored by his students, his colleagues and the entire faculty.

He continued attending school his entire life and had submitted his dissertation for 'Independent Studies for High School Education’ at the University of Chicago. Since he had such fine Academic credential, his last resume was sent to President Elect Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and V.P. Elect Kamala Harris and he had made the ’Short List’ for the cabinet position of ’Secretary of Education’ under the Biden administration.

Dennis traveled everywhere from Amsterdam to Zurich - Australia to New Zealand and many other exotic places in the world with his husband and he spoke English, Spanish, Portuguese and German. The last novel he co-authored with his husband “The Million Dollar Code”, by Ben Dales and B.B.Beaudreaux hit the Number 1 spot on Amazon in December in the 'Self Health' category and remained there until January 2020.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Marjorie and William Bales, along with his father in law, John E. Pazier. He also was met in paradise by his former sister in law Debbie (McLallin) Bales, who died from breast cancer.

Dennis leaves behind his beloved husband of 20 years, Bub B.; along with his two younger brothers, David Lee Bales (Joyce), Dale Alan Bales (Lauranie); his beloved mother in law Lovey; sister-in-Law Robin; brothers-In laws- Jack and Rick, and his two most precious barn rescue cats, Porcupine and HedgeHog. He was loved by so many nephews and nieces, along with their children and far too many cousins and friends to name. He was THE most loving, caring, empathetic and dedicated person in the world and he will truly be missed by all!

In leu of flower, Denni’s wishes were donations be made to “Wishbone Pet Rescue, Located on Blue Star Highway in Douglas Michigan.