John Bale Jr.
John Thomas Bale, 88, went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2018. Family and friends are invited to celebrate John’s life at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Perkins Church of Christ, 1200 Lovers Lane, Perkins, OK. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
John Thomas Bale was born in Dewey, Oklahoma, on July 12, 1929. John grew up in Dewey, OK. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. John married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Bale, on June 6, 1949, in Tacoma, WA – just days before he shipped off for military service in Korea.
He was the first soldier to receive the honor of Sergeant First Class in one year, and he received a Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone before his honorable discharge. John was an honor student at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma (OU). He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from OSU and completed his doctorate at OU. John was a professor at OSU for the College of Business Administration and received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1970. He was appointed as associate dean of the college in 1971, and he served in that position for over 21 years, including the 1977-78 school year as interim dean. He was awarded the honor of Regents Professor in 1992. He was also inducted into the Spears School of Business Hall of Fame.
While at OSU, John served on boards and committees for groups such as the Athletic Council, the Alumni Association, the Business Student Council, and the Faculty Council. He was also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Delta Pi Epsilon, and Pi Omega Pi.
John is listed in Leaders in Education, American Men and Women of Science, Personalities in the South, Dictionary of International Biography, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
John served as an educational consultant for Oklahoma Christian College and as communications consultant for the Federal Aviation Administration. He served as president of the Oklahoma Business Education Association and president of the Beta Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon. He was also a member of the Southwest Placement Association, The Mountain-Plains Business Education Association, and American Business Association.
John was an elder in the Perkins Church of Christ, and he devoted his life to serving God, his family, his friends, and his community. He was a dedicated public servant and volunteered for numerous organizations for over 70 years.
Volunteering, square dancing, hiking, fishing, and hunting were John’s favorite hobbies. John and Beverly were members of numerous square-dancing clubs; they were excellent dancers and performed with fellow club members at many social events. John and his wife spent every summer at their cabin enjoying the CO wilderness. They also used their cabin for faith-based outreach programs. Their cabin served as a Christian retreat for youth groups in Oklahoma.
John was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years; his parents, John and Audrey Bale; his sisters Barbara Hansen, Judy Bale, and Maddie Bale.
He is survived by his brothers, Clifford Bale (Coffeyville, KS), Larry Bale (Bartlesville), and Dean Bale (Grove); children, John Michael Bale (Perkins) and Karen Bale-Brown (Denver, CO); daughter-in-law, Benita Knight Bale (Perkins) and son-in-law, David Brown (Denver); five grandchildren, Jeremy and Jesse Bale (Stillwater), Benjamin Brown (Hong Kong), Sara Brown (Denver), and Katie Bale Wilson (Hanover, MD); grandchildren in-law,s Angie Bale (Stillwater), Matthew Jeffery (Denver), and Wyatt Wilson (Hanover); five great granddaughters, Malaury, Raegan, and Elyse Bale (Stillwater) and Zoey and Alexis Wilson (Hanover); three sister in laws; three brother in laws; 13 nieces, and five nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Project Local Community (non-profit run by John's granddaughter, Sara), 804 N. Bermont Street, Lafayette, CO, 80026. Credit card donations can be made through the website at: projectloco.org .
100 percent of all proceeds from donations to Project Local Community will be directed to The Lake McMurtry Outdoor Adventure Camp happening this summer. John loved Lake McMurtry and all it offered to the community.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com