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Thomas Bales, Milo Fire Chief Retired, Dies Suddenly
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By Chief Duane Hendrickson
March 26, 2020

Services are pending for Tom Bales, age 63, of Milo.
Chief Bales became Milo Fire Chief in 1983 and just recently retired. He had been a member of the Iowa Fire Chiefs Association since 1990. Local Chester Crouse wrote "When Tom decided he wanted to be a police officer, he worked part time for the City of Milo. He was tutored by Ed Huntoon, a retired Warren County Deputy. Someone came up with the names of Enos and Roscoe, the popular tv show. The names stuck to this day. I was an EMT for the Milo Fire Department and I was charged with his training, easiest person I ever trained. Living and working in Milo, he was on call 24/7. Whether it was being a Warren County Deputy until he retired from the Sheriff"s office, Milo Fire Chief , or Tomin Towing and Auto Repair. He would answer the call. We had a lot of fun together as friends or Fire Department operations. He cared very much for his family, his business and his community."
Tom is survived by his wife, Mindy Bales of Milo; children: Audra (Jerad Souer) Bales of Milo, Alisha (Robert) Thornton of Carlisle, Jared (Kim Thornburg) Draper of Des Moines, and Randa (Mike) Carnes of Indianola; 7 grandchildren; and sister, Anita Bales of Alexandria, Virginia. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Edna Bales; brother, Timothy Bales, and sister, Annette Bales.


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