Obituary: William Edward Bales, July 22, 1943 — July 1, 2012

By Submitted July 28, 2012 10:45 am

William Edward Bales
William Edward Bales
William Edward Bales passed away on July 1, 2012, at the age of 68, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. William was born in Crescent City, July 22, 1943. He served in the Army in Nuremberg, Germany, where he met his wife and brought her back to the U.S. He was a devoted husband and father who loved the outdoors. William was best known for his many years as a commercial fisherman in Crescent City, where he earned the nickname Breezy Bill. 


He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karin G. Bales, Crescent City. His sons Andreas Bales, Oregon City, Ore.; William Arthur Bales Jr., Crescent City; Andreas’s wife Sandy Bales; Billy’s future wife Julie Hammock; Grandchildren: Trevor Bales, Oregon City, Ore.; Trystan Bales, Oregon City, Ore.; Brittany Bales, Crescent City, Calif.; Ashley Faye Wallace, Springfield, Tenn.; his brothers Warren  Bales, Shasta, Calif.;  Robert Bales Sr., Hornbrook, Ore.

The family has had a private ceremony. Arrangements are being made for a memorial plot that will be placed in the U.S. National Cemetery in Portland, Ore., to commemorate his time served in the military.

A memorial account has been set up at Tri Counties Bank for William E. Bales. The account number is: 285026386. Checks for this account need to be made payable to Karin Bales and can be deposited at any Tri Counties Bank. Our local branch address is 936 3rd Street, Crescent City, CA 95531.