James Earl Bales, age 79 of Livingston passed away on February 28, 2023 after a long battle with Dementia.
He was born to Vola and Gertrude Bales in Somerset, Kentucky on November 29, 1943.
He attended school in Livingston and upon graduation enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. He was a Vietnam Veteran and was especially proud of flying 400 Sorties over South Vietnam. After leaving the military, he worked for Burlington Northern Railroad. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and working search and rescue.
He is survived by his wife Linda, of 58 years, son Michael, granddaughter Shannon, great grandson Rylen, sisters Barbara Frare and Sandra (Monte) Lemoines, sister-in-law Debra (Tim) Wahl and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, son James (Jimmy) and brother Larry.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Franzen Davis Funeral Home in Livingston. Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Livingston, MT. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.franzen-davis.com
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