Bales1We are saddened to announce the passing of Wallace (Ladd) Dalton Bales on May 14, 2015 at his home in Winnemucca, due to complications from cancer. He was 54 at the time of his death.

Ladd was born on August 4th, 1960 in Las Vegas, Nevada and spent most of his life in rural Nevada, growing up, graduating high school (1978), and marrying in Ely where he worked for Alligator Ridge. He raised his family in Winnemucca, where he worked in mining for Amax Gold. In later years he worked for TA Travel Centers in Nevada and Oregon, and finally Coach America after returning to Winnemucca from Portland, Oregon in 2008.

Ladd was a lover of music and a gifted drummer, a lover of chess, logic puzzles, and building things with his own hands.

He always had a song in his head, a witty remark on his tongue, and kindness, compassion, and generosity in his heart. He loved to laugh and was a loving teacher to all who knew him.

Ladd is survived by his three children: Braden Bales of Portland, Oregon, Adam Bales of Clearwater, Florida and Sarah Bales of Clearwater, Florida, as well as his four siblings: Linda Hall of Ely Nevada, Charles (Carla) Denshire of Fallon, Nevada, Clifford (Vicky) Denshire of Deming, New Mexico, and Stacy Rice of Ely, Nevada. He is survived, also, by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Ann Ogburn of Ely, Nevada, and brother-in-law Jerry Hall of Ely, Nevada.

At his request, services will be held in Winnemucca NV. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in his name.