Ira Lester Scales, Sr, passed away on April 13, 2019 at Chapman Valley Manor, Chapman Kansas. He was 83 years of age.

He was born March 29, 1936 in Watertown, New York to Melvin and Florence (Snyder) Scales and was the youngest of 10 children. After school, Ira joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served for over 20 years and retired as a TSGT. One of his last assignments was as Commander of Smoky Hill Bombing Range near Salina, KS.

He married Mary Kathryn and together they had four children, Ira, Jr., James, Wayne and Kathy. After Mary’s death, Ira married Janice Scales and they celebrated 40 years of marriage.

After retiring from the military, Ira went to work at Fort Riley, Kansas as a Boiler Operator and supervisor of his department. He retired with 20 years of service as a civilian.

Ira was an avid outdoors man. He enjoyed fishing and camping with his family as well as gardening. For several years he coached Chapman Legion baseball.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Kathryn; parents Melvin and Florence and nine siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Janice of Chapman, daughter, Kathy Jennings and Bruce McAntee of Solomon; sons: Ira L. “Skipper”, Jr.,of Salina,  James, of California, Wayne (Marsha), of Abilene and four step-children. Grandchildren Brianna Rose Scales, Amanda Kathryn Scales, Sara Long, Christopher Jennings, Chelsea Jennings, and Alex Fetters; great grandchildren Roen Jennings and Tobin James Scales and several step-grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. at Londeen Funeral Home, Chapman, KS.   Services will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. with Father John Wolesky officiating. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Chapman.   

In lieu of flowers, the family suggestions donations may be made to  American Cancer Society in care of Londeen Funeral Home, PO Box 429, Chapman,  KS 67431.

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