L. “Dean” Bale, 90, of Jay, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at Grove Nursing Center, Grove.

Dean was born on Jan. 21, 1928 to John and Sylvia (Bonham) Bale in Dewey, where he grew up and graduated from high school.

Following high school, Dean joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country for two years.

On Feb. 17, 1948 Dean married Evelyn Burks, in Seattle, Washington, where the couple made their home and Dean was employed at Boeing Co. He was later transferred with Boeing to Wichita, Kansas.

Dean left the aviation industry and moved his family to Commerce, and began selling insurance with National Life & Accident Co.

Later, he moved to Dallas, Texas and began a career in the mortgage business.

In the late 1990s Dean and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Grove from Dallas, Texas and formed his own business “Dean’s Cargo & Rigging Co.” which he successfully operated until 2016.

Dean was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Southwest City and a representative for The Gideon’s International distributing Bibles and speaking on their behalf in churches within the Delaware and Ottawa Counties.

Dean had a passion for music and loved to share God’s word in song. He blessed many people with his beautiful voice for which he will fondly be remembered. Dean was a member of the Lion’s Club Int’l, Kiwanis, loved to garden and bird watch.

He was preceded in death by: Evelyn “Jean” Bale in 2011, two sisters, Dorothy Hansen and Judy Bale and one brother, JT Bale.

Surviving are his children: Susanna Adams and husband, Paul, of Wyandotte, Carmen Couch of Tulsa, Debbie Cobb and husband, Allen, of Tuttle, Dana Hartley and husband, Mike, of Carthage, Missouri, Steven “Skeeter” Bale and wife Susie of Jay, and Debra Bale of Richardson, Texas; two brothers: Clifford Bale of Coffeyville, Kansas and Larry Bale of Bartlesville; 17 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Dean’s Life will take place at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, at Nichols-Stephens Funeral Chapel, Grove, with a private family burial at Butler Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Nichols-Stephens Funeral and Cremation Services, Grove.